G.B.S. is organized by:

OeAD Housing Office


The OeAD-Housing Office (winner of the Austrian Climate Protection Award 2013) offers accommodations to about 12.000 students annually in OeAD-Guesthouses and other student accommodations in Vienna, Graz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Linz and Klagenfurt.

Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna)

For nearly 200 years, TU Vienna has been a place of research, teaching and learning in the service of progress. With its 17,000 enrolled students and more than 4,000 staff members TU Vienna is among the most successful technical universities in Europe and Austria’s largest scientific-technical research and educational institution. Through its mission it is focusing on „technology for people“, research that develops scientific excellence“ and teaching that „enhances comprehensive competence“.

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU)

 The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, sees itself as an education and research centre for renewable resources, which are a necessity for human life. With its wide range of areas of expertise it is the task of BOKU to contribute significantly to the protection of life resources for future generations. With a connection between natural sciences, engineering and economics, BOKU is trying to deepen the knowledge of an ecologically and economically sustainable use of natural resources in a cultivated landscape.

Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)


The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is Austria’s largest non-university research institute. With its eight Centers and around 1,300 employees, AIT regards itself as a highly specialised research and development partner for industry. Its researchers focus on the key infrastructure issues of the future: Energy, Health & Bioresources, Digital Safety & Security, Vision, Automation & Control, Mobility Systems, Low-Emission Transport, Technology Experience and Innovation Systems & Policy.
The AIT Center for Energy is pursuing the mission of supporting the transformation path towards increased sustainability, efficiency and low-carbon performance both on a technological and system level based on scientific excellence. The grand challenges such as decarbonisation, digitalisation and urbanisation are at the very core of the Center’s activities addressing three major systems: 1) sustainable and future oriented energy infrastructure covering the entire chain from renewable generation (such as PV, wind, etc.) to distribution and consumption, 2) the transformation of cities and urban regions towards more sustainable and resilient environments addressing the impact of climate change and 3) improving the carbon-footprint and increasing the competitiveness of energy- and resource-intensive industries through efficient low-carbon technologies and processes.


University of Applied Science Technikum Vienna

University of Applied Science Technikum Wien became the first institution in Vienna to receive the status of a university of applied sciences. With around 11,000 graduates thus far and roughly 4,400 students, the UAS Technikum Wien is Austria’s top address for Technology and Innovation. The educational offerings consist of 13 bachelor’s and 18 master’s degree programs, which are offered as full-time, part-time and/or distance study programs. Four degree programs are taught in English. The educational offerings are based on a solid scientific foundation and are also practice-oriented. At UAS Technikum Wien, emphasis is not only placed on providing a high-quality technical education, but also on subjects with a focus on business and personal development. Close ties and collaborations with business and industry give students and graduates excellent career opportunities. The combination of theory and practical application is of central importance in both research and instruction.

Official partners of G.B.S. are:


Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS)

The Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS), is a student-initiated, transdisciplinary centre at Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, with the explicit ambition to contribute to a more just and sustainable world. Student-faculty collaboration weaves as a golden thread through the history and organization of all activities at the centre.
Since its inception in the early 1990’s, the centre has initiated and expanded the space for transdisciplinary student-led higher education as well as research and collaboration that transcends traditional academic disciplines and boundaries between academia and society at large.

Club of Rome

The Club of Rome is an organisation of individuals who share a common concern for the future of humanity and strive to make a  difference. Our members are notable scientists, economists, businessmen and businesswomen, high level civil servants and former heads of state from around the world. The Club of Rome conducts research and hosts debates, conferences, lectures, high-level meetings and events. The Club also publishes a limited number of peer-reviewed “Reports to the Club of Rome”, the most famous of which is “The Limits to Growth“.


Danube Rector's Conference

Between its source in the Black Forest and its mouth on the Black Sea, the Danube traverses 2,872 kilometres and shares shores with ten countries. The Danube Rectors' Conference (DRC) is a strong network of almost 70 universities in this region. Our aim is to improve higher education in teaching and research, and the advancement of our member universities by establishing sustainable contacts per year.


Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

The responsibility of the ministry covers the entire school system from primary school to the completion of secondary school education and school leaving examination, plus adult ecudation and lifelong learning, school management, university colleges of teacher education, universities, universities of applied sciences, as well as research in cooperation with other EU countries. Furthermore, the ministry is involved in establishing a European Research Area.


FHWien der WKW

FHWien der WKW/University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication is one of Austria’s leading universities of applied sciences for management and communication. We work closely with local companies to offer a comprehensive and practice-oriented education for over 2,600 students enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s or continuing education programs. We currently offer 17 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. Two thirds of our teaching staff have an economic background, and to date we have over 8,400 graduates. Our tailor-made teaching and research allows us to prepare our graduates effectively for their careers whilst reflecting the needs of companies.


Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM)

The IDM was founded in 1953 as the "Research Institute for Issues of the Danube Region". As an Austrian scientific institution, it was dedicated specifically to research on the Danube region. In 1993, the Institute was renamed as the "Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe" (IDM). Today, the IDM is an extramural research institution based on an association – constituted by individual and corporate members – with its head office in Vienna.


International Institute for Applied System Analyisis (IIASA)

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the 21st century. Our findings provide valuable options to policymakers to shape the future of our changing world. IIASA is independent and funded by prestigious research funding agencies in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. The institute is located in Laxenburg, near Vienna, Austria and one of today’s highest ranked think tanks in the world.


Modul University Vienna

MODUL University Vienna (MU) is an international private university in Austria dedicated to cutting-edge research and education on sustainable development, new media technology, tourism, and public governance. It was established by the Vienna Economic Chamber of Commerce and approved by the Austrian Accreditation Council in 2007. The study programs meet strict accreditation guidelines and, due to their international focus, are conducted in English. The university campus is located at Kahlenberg, in Vienna’s 19th district.