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Medical University of Innsbruck is a young research centre with a long tradition. The Jesuits established a grammar school in Innsbruck as early as 1562. These were the foundations of the University inaugurated by Emperor Leopold I on 15 October 1669 (thus the name ‘Leopold-Franzens University’). An individual tax was levied on salt from Hall – the ‘Hall salt levy’ – to secure funding. The Medical University of Innsbruck was one of the first four faculties (Philosophy 1669, Faculty of Law 1670, Faculty of Theology 1670 and Faculty of Medicine 1674) of the University of Innsbruck. It has been a prestigious flagship for the University throughout its 340-year history.
In the heart of the Tyrol, and consequently in the heart of the Alps, the Medical University of Innsbruck provides the best conditions for successful research, studies and teaching at an attractive location. The main objectives of the Medical University of Innsbruck are to provide top quality teaching and training, world-class research and continuous advancements in top-flight medicine. The organisational units of the Med-Uni are divided into medical theory, clinical practice and further (service) facilities. The clinics are located at the Provincial Hospital (‘Tiroler Landeskrankenhaus’) which is simultaneously Medical University`s of Innsbruck hospital.
The Medical University of Innsbruck stands for outstanding performance in the fields of science, research, teaching and patient care. Together with the university hospital, it is our vision to be the leading centre of medicine in Western Austria.
We employ highly qualified teachers to provide our students with the best possible training. The research results of scientists at the Medical University of Innsbruck are published to international acclaim.
We aim to further expand our science campus, focus on innovative research in the fields of oncology, neurosciences, immunology and infectiology and further promote scientific exchange between other leading universities in Europe.
The Medical University of Innsbruck is committed to the equality of genders and creating favorable conditions to promote women’s careers. In compliance with the principle of gender mainstreaming, equality is reflected in HR policies, research, teaching and in the distribution of resources. Appropriate bodies and offices have been established in accordance with legal requirements and in order to strengthen the position of women and ensure that their potential and competence can be put to greater use for the benefit of the University. The Medical University of Innsbruck, which has been a separate entity since 2004, and the Leopold-Franzens University work in a concerted effort to deal with the National Socialist past. In 1984, the Faculty of Medicine proposed unveiling a plaque on the square in front of the University. It commemorates medical student Christoph Probst, member of the White Rose student resistance movement. An exhibition was held on the topic in 1988. It was entitled ‘50 Years: The University of Innsbruck in the National Socialist era’. The square in front of the University was renamed Christoph-Probst-Platz in 1994. In 2008, both Innsbruck Universities commemorated displaced members with a portrait series on the internet entitled ‘1938-2008: Displaced scientists’. The memorial erected on the campus of the university clinics bears further testimony to efforts to come to terms with the National Socialist past.
The memorial was created by Dvora Barzilai, an artist who was born in Tel Aviv and who lives in Vienna. It was jointly consecrated by University Priest Bernhard Hippler and Chief Rabbi Paul Chaim Eisenberg. The ceremony was opened by President of the Provincial Parliament Herwig van Staa. Chairwoman of the University Council Gabriele Fischer, Board Chairman of Tilak Andreas Steiner, Vice-Rector Manfred P. Dierich and the President of the Jewish Community of Tyrol and Vorarlberg Esther Fritsch spoke on behalf of the organisers. The former editor-in-chief of Jerusalem Post, Ari Rath, presented the biographies of students and professors in his speech.
The Medical University of Innsbruck is one of the most extensive educational facilities for doctors and medical researchers in Austria. Roughly 300 PhD postgraduates take one of the 9 PhD programs offered. In addition, a part-time doctoral program – the Clinical PhD – is offered for graduates of the Medicine and Dentistry degree programs. A wide range of courses, from professional further education courses to medical lectures for people without medical training.

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