Austrian Consul General Thomas Schnoell to Speak at Webster University
Thomas Schnoell, consul general of Austria, will speak at Webster University on Thursday, June 23. Their lectures – "Austria's Place in the European Union-Foreign and Security Policy" and "Austria and the European Union-Economy and Trade" – will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Sunnen Lounge, located in Webster's University Center, 175 Edgar Rd. The event is free and open to the public.
Consul General Schnoell is visiting St. Louis at the invitation of the Austria Society of St. Louis to seek trade and economic development opportunities with local businesses and organizations. Prior to his appointment to Austrian Consul General in January 2010, Schnoell served in the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs in Vienna, as unit head for the Western Balkans.
"We are delighted to host Consul General Schnoell at Webster University and look forward to their presentation," said Dr. Julian Schuster, the University’s provost and senior vice president. “Webster has had a longtime presence in Austria; last month, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the opening of its campus in Vienna.”
Inspired by the success of Webster’s Geneva campus, which opened in 1978, Vienna’s then-Mayor Leopold Gratz invited the University to establish one in Vienna offering the best of the American educational system for UN diplomats and their families. Thirty years later, Webster’s Vienna campus today provides a high standard of education in Austria, giving students from all over the world the opportunity to experience the benefits of an American education. It is an education with an international focus, with students from more than 70 different countries, and faculty from 20 countries.
Webster's Vienna campus is on the banks of the Danube River in Vienna's 22nd district, not far from the Vienna International Center, which serves as headquarters for the United Nations and its agencies. The University maintains close ties with UN organizations in Vienna and hosts joint conferences on a broad range of issues. Webster’s Vienna Journalism Institute also publishes The Vienna Review, a monthly English-language newspaper with a circulation of 100,000.
With its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University is a worldwide institution committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Founded in 1915, Webster offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through five schools and colleges, and a global network of campuses. Its 20,000-plus student population represents almost 150 nationalities.
Since opening its first campus overseas in Geneva in 1978, Webster has become a recognized leader and innovator in global education, with an international presence that now includes campuses in London; Vienna; Amsterdam and Leiden, the Netherlands; Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu, China; and Bangkok and Cha-am, Thailand. Webster also has educational partnerships with universities in Mexico and Japan.
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