For nine years running, Vienna has been named the best city to live in – and two study programmes taking place this summer help capture the stand-out factors which help make the Austrian capital so desirable.
The Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS) summer school and Green.Building.Solutions. (GBS) offer insight, fact-finding visits and the latest thinking from a city which has consistently taken the top slot in the Mercer Quality of Living City Rankings.
AEMS takes place this year between 25 July and 10 August, and GBS between 21 July to 12 August.
The OeAD-Housing Office – part of Austria’s national agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research – operates both AEMS and GBS under a not-for-profit arrangement.
Included in the fee are all social and cultural activities, as well as accommodation in one of OeAD’s passive house student residences in Vienna.
The accommodation is also included as part of the fee for almost a week following each programme, enabling those participants to explore the city at leisure.
Günther Jedliczka, CEO of the OeAD-Housing Office, said: “Both AEMS and GBS attract exceptional lecturers and forward-thinking, astute students who are committed to a more sustainable future.
“AEMS draws in a global following among students of all ages and from all walks of life who are looking for a common solution to tackle financial uncertainty.
“It looks at alternatives to the current boom and bust economic cycle and explores the economy of the future and how it can adapt to balance some of the turmoil, strains and challenges of modern life.
“GBS is another international programme, which brings together passive house and sustainable, smart city expertise from across the globe to identify ways to make buildings more sustainable.
“It receives applications from students and professionals alike in the field of architecture and professions relating to the built environment, who want to learn how to develop new skills to design and build sustainable cities in an environment that includes workshops, lectures, fact-finding visits and insight from world-leading academics.”
The course cost for AEMS is €1390, while GBS is priced at €2,490 for professionals and €2,000 for students.
More details about both AEMS and GBS – including testimonials from 2017’s participants – can be found at www.summer-university.net
Places are limited and the deadline for applications for both programmes is 30 June, 2018.