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The University of Vienna was founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365. It is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest in Central Europe. It celebrates its 650th anniversary in 2015.

Currently, about 92,000 students are enrolled at the University of Vienna. They can select from 187 degree programmes: 55 bachelor's programmes, 116 master's programmes, 4 diploma programmes and 12 doctoral programmes. With 9,700 employees, 6,900 of who are academics, the University of Vienna is the largest teaching and research institution in Austria.

The main task and goal of the University lies in generating and sustaining top-quality research and teaching, which are regarded as an inseparable entity (research-led teaching). A strong focus on research, combining basic with application-oriented research, renders this University highly attractive for the sharpest minds.

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The academic institutions of the University of Vienna are spread over more than 60 locations, its centre being the historic Main Building on Wiener Ringstrasse. It houses the university management, library, administrative institutions, various departments and some of the dean's offices, as well as many lecture rooms and the Audimax, the largest lecture hall of the entire University.

The Centre for Sport Science and University Sports (CSU)

The Centre for Sport Science and University Sports (CSU) is among one of the 19 faculties/centres of the University of Vienna. It includes the Institute of Sport Science (ISS) representing the scientific sub division and the University Sports Institute (USI), being the central institution for college sports in Vienna.



The CSU stands for high-level research and is nationally as well as internationally well-networked. The main focus is set on the following research areas: "Sport science in the context of natural sciences and medicine", "Educational processes related to exercise and sport" and "Sport science in the context of human and social sciences".

The researchers of the CSU publish in leading sports science journals and are involved in various national and international projects and research platforms.

In addition, the CSU offers professional educations and advanced trainings, combining tradition, innovation and future, such as the over 200 sports disciplines offered by the USI.