archive 2022

Committed to the Danube Region - Introduction of the new DRC President Rector Friedrich Faulhammer

Friedrich Faulhammer (*1963) studied law at the University of Vienna. He worked there from 1985 to 1990 at the Institute for Legal History as well as in the legal department of the University Directorate and moved to the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research in 1990. In 2005, he became Section Head of the Higher Education Section in the Federal Ministry of Science and Research and served as its Secretary General from 2009. During his more than two decades as a civil servant of the Republic of Austria, Faulhammer has been instrumental in shaping Austrian and European higher education policy, including the implementation of the Universities Act 2002.

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DRC Presidency 2023-2024 elected!



Following the elections of the new presidency during the DRC General Assembly on 11 November 2022, we gladly announce the new DRC Presidency for the period 2023-2024. 


Beginning with 1 January 2023, Mag. Friedrich Faulhammer, Rector of the University for Continuing Education Krems, takes over the position of DRC President. The role of the new Vice-Presidents will be assumed by former DRC President Prof. Dr. Zdravko Kačič, Rector of the University of Maribor, and Prof. Dr. Daniel David, Rector of the Babeş-Bolyai University.

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Ivanka Popović elected as Acting Honorary President

Following the decision of DRC General Assembly on 11 November 2022, the DRC is pleased to announce the election of former DRC President and Vice-President Ivanka Popović as DRC Acting Honorary President. We would like to thank Prof. Popović for all efforts and valuable contribution in her previous roles within DRC Presidency and look forward to continuing the successful cooperation in the upcoming years!

We are also glad to announce that Ivanka Popović has also been nominated for the position of EUA President. The DRC Presidency fully supports her nomination as it is convinced that her election as EUA president would not only strengthen the voice of universities from Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, but she would firmly represent and promote the interests of the EUA members.


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Expression of gratitude to the Acting Honorary President Miroslav Vesković


With much esteem, we would like to thank Miroslav Vesković for his work and contribution during his term as Acting Honorary President. With a feeling of gratitude and appreciation, we look back on all his valuable insights and ideas that shaped the developments of DRC in the past years. On behalf of DRC Presidency, we wish Miroslav Vesković all the best in his future and a successful continuation of his dedicated support of higher education and research in the Danube Region and beyond!

IDM/DRC Ukraine Fellowships

The Russian invasion on Ukraine had devastating consequences for the higher education. The IDM together with the Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC) decided to grant two Ukrainian students or early-career researchers a fellowship.


The fellowship gives the recipient the possibility to complete research on their MA or PhD thesis. If necessary, IDM/DRC supports the fellow in finding a supervisor. The fellowship holder also has the opportunity to gain insights into the work of IDM as a non-university research institute.

The IDM therefore provides a workplace and invites the student to participate in the activities of the Institute as well as to contribute to the work of IDM team members.


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From Fictional to Functioning Democracy Developing Concepts and Strategies for an Inclusive and Participatory Europe (FIFUDEM)

“From Fictional to Functioning Democracy Developing Concepts and Strategies for an Inclusive and Participatory Europe (FIFUDEM)”

Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) in cooperation with Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC)

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Call for DRC members to nominate candidates for the new DRC Presidency

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DRC Annual Conference 2022 from 9th - 11th of November 2022 at the University of Maribor

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17th DRC Summer School was a great success

We are more than happy that after a two-year-break due to Covid, we managed to bring together 17 young scientists, university studens and early-stage researchers from all over Europe for our annual DRC Summer School. The 17th DRC Summer School on “Shaping Tomorrow’s Research: What Future for Academia in the Danube Region?” took place in Vienna from 10th to 16th July 2022.

Unfortunately, due to the senseless and unjustified Russian war on Ukraine, the Summer School could not take place as originally planned at the Uzhhorod National University in Ukraine. However, first-hand experiences of Ukrainian students about learning, volunteering, and mobility in the shadow of the war have been one of the focus topics. Other topics touched upon the role of research in policymaking, knowledge sharing as well as university autonomy and academic freedom. We are particularly honoured to have welcomed Shalini Randeria, President and Rector of the CEU, as our keynote speaker.

Alongside the lectures, the participants attended the FIFUDEM Final Conference, went on a field trip to the picturesque Wachau valley and ended two days with an amazing dinner at the typical Austrian Heuriger. Also, they connected with the participants of the DRC Strategic Foresight Project and gave feedback to their semi-final reports on the future scenarios developed.


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Shalini Randeria as keynote speaker at the 17th DRC Summer School in Vienna

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DRC Vice-Presidents and Secretary General at the European University Association (EUA) Annual Conference 2022

DRC Vice-President and EUA board member Prof. Dr. Ivanka Popović, DRC Vice-President and Rector of the University of Continuing Education Krems (UWK) Mag. Friedrich Faulhammer and the DRC Secretary General and IDM Managing Director Mag. Sebastian Schäffer attended the Annual Conference of the European University Association (EUA) in Budapest.

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We are pleased to announce the project funded by the Danube Rectors' Conference and coordinated by the University of Maribor: the DRC Initiative Fund!

As a part of a wider framework of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), especially in the field of the priority area "Knowledge society", The Danube Rectors' Conference offers students of doctoral study programmes at DRC member universities the possibility to obtain financial means for developing applicants' projects, solutions, prototypes.

In the focus of this project are three targets of the EUSDR

1. Increase the number of innovations, official inventions of EPO and PCT patent applications
2. Increase cooperation and mobility in the field of research and education
3. Increase the number of joint publications on research results.

We are prepared to support outstanding students and young scholars' projects which can have a positive impact in the region, in line with the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), by financing the following activities: 

  • Material costs - needed to prove or develop an applicative aspect of knowledge or technology
  • Cost of use of research equipment at other DRC member institutions 
  • Service costs 
  • Travel costs and costs of stay for the students and their family members  
The available financial means for projects is 50,000 EUR, and it is envisioned that no more than 25 applications will be accepted for funding, or a maximum of 5,000 EUR may be granted per application. Furthermore, whereas candidates applying for the target area one and three (innovation and joint publication) may receive financial resources up to 2,000 EUR, for the target area two (cooperation and mobility) the maximum amount of financial support is 1,000 EUR. If projects apply to all three target areas, the maximum attainable amount is 5,000 EUR.

More information on evaluation criteria may be found on this link

In case you need additional information and support, please feel free to contact us:

The deadline for the applications is 31st March 2022 and the candidates will be informed about the results by the end of April.

We mourn the passing of Erhard Busek


The Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) as the seat of DRC Permanent Secretariat mourns the death of IDM chairman, former Vice-Chancellor Dr Erhard Busek. His family announced his passing during the night of 13-14 March 2022. The members of the board, the managing director, as well as the staff at the IDM are filled with the deepest sorrow. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and relatives.

Call for applications for the “Sharing Future” Artist in residence scholarship 2022

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On behalf of Uzhorod National University,  the Rector Professor Volodymyr Smolanka express his high appeciation for the DRC assistance towards Ukrainian universities. In particular, the University express gratitude for the support offered by the Danube Rectors' Conference in the form of the DRC Scholarship for Ukranian scholars and scientists.  

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The Rector of Odesa I.I. Mechnikov National University,  Professor Vyacheslav Truba, welcomes the DRC support to Ukrainian universities and express his gratitude for the solidarity of our members regarding the current situation in Ukraine. 

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DRC stands with Ukraine