The MEDLIT-project consists of a strong and effective partnership between nine universities. Three European universities represent the Programme Countries, with the University of Vienna as the coordinating institution. Six universities from the Southeast of Asia represent the Partner Countries in this Erasmus+ Capacity Programme: Two outstanding universities from the countries Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are part of the project.

Below you find all involved universities in no particular order with a link to all of their websites.

University of Vienna

Department of Communication | Währinger Straße 29 | 1090 Vienna | Austria

Coordination Partner

The University of Vienna is a public university, that was founded in 1365 and is one of the oldest, the largest in the German-speaking world and one of the largest universities in Europe. Latter facts have to do with a delicacy of the Austrian higher education policy called ‘Freier Hochschulzugang’, which means that anybody who has the formal qualification, can study and that nearly for free.

The Department of Communication of the University, which belongs to the Faculty of Social Sciences, has a comparatively high number of students – almost 5,000. Beside the three-stage full-time regular program (BA/MA/PhD), there is also a postgraduate part-time program in Public Communication (MA) and as the newest addition a specialized MSc program, which is taught in English and focuses on Communication Science Research. Despite the mentioned ‘Freier Hochschulzugang’, study programs in communication can be limited in the numbers of study beginners, which is an exception for study programs in Austria.

Alongside the classical topics of journalism, public relations, advertising, political communication, the department is known for its achievements in communication science methods but also communication history. Media change, media culture and media literacy were always amongst the important cross sectional topics, but grow now in their importance even more.

In the past few years the connections between the department and especially universities from South-East Asian countries have been intensified, especially in the context of the globalization of media and media culture.

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Open Universiteit Nederland

Valkenburgerweg 177| 6419 AT Heerlen | Netherlands

Project Partner

The Open University of the Netherlands (founded in 1984) is an independent government-funded institute for distance learning at university level. The OUNL offers courses, bachelor and master programs primarily in Dutch (and some in English) in the domain of Humanities and Law, Management, Science and Technology, and Psychology and Educational Sciences. The University has proved its position as an academic expertise centre for (distance) learning with a special focus on new technologies. The Open University drives forward innovation in higher education in the Netherlands, both in terms of curriculum as well as teaching methods. In its research and international activities the OU concentrates on activities that strengthen and expand its role as an international frontrunner e-learning and Open Educational Resources. These processes often take place in co-operation with specialists from other educational institutes, trade and industry and/or professionals in the educational field.

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Zeppelin Universität gGmbH

Am Seemooser Horn 20 | 88045 Friedrichshafen | Germany

Project Partner

Founded in 2003, Zeppelin University gGmbH has quickly become a place for excellent research at the intersection of Economics, Politics and Culture, exploring new perspectives on pressing social issues and innovative teaching. Based on practice-oriented, problem-driven research, the faculty and students at the ZU are dedicated to tackle pressing contemporary issues in the social sciences and humanities. The private University currently offers fourteen programs on Bachelor, Masters and executive level, which attract both national and international students and faculty members in an attempt to create a University for the 21st century.

The Chair of Media Culture focuses on issues at the intersection of social theory, communication and cultural studies, taking a comprehensive view of society by studying the media as a focal point for the production and reproduction of contemporary culture.

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Chulalongkorn University

254 Phayathai Road | Pathumwan | Bangkok 10330 | Thailand

Project Partner

Chulalongkorn University, named after King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), who had laid the foundations for modern education in Thailand, was established in 1917 and is the oldest public and autonomous research oriented University of the country. Rich in tradition, the University now consists of 42 scientific institutions for almost 40,000 students. The Department of Performing Arts is part of the consortium of the MEDLIT-project, as its degree programs are related to the notion of media literacy, which is understood as supporting the identity construction of individuals and/or groups.

The Chulalongkorn University is the first ranked University in Thailand, which is based on the fulfilling of its claim to be the “Pillar of the Kingdom” and by keeping the University’s original idea to serve the public.

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Srinakharinwirot University

International College for Sustainability Studies | 114 Sukhumvit 23 Wattana | Bangkok 10110 | Thailand

Project Partner

Srinakharinwirot University was established in 1949 and is numbered among the most modern universities of Thailand. The university’s aim is to provide students with skills to meet the demands of the current time. SWU’s twelve faculties and six institutes emerged from the former Advanced Teacher Training School. Training educational professionals in different fields, like language and communication, is therefore still the mission of the university.

The university offers the chance to study at the International College for Sustainability Studies, where the Language and Academic Service Center is located. The centre is trying to expand its conceptualization towards the field of media and an understanding of language as a model of media and medium of international communication. Besides these approaches, the university also has a program for social sciences: Communication and Innovation.

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University Malaysia Kelantan

Kampus Kota | Karung Berkunci 36 | Pengkalan Chepa | 16100 Kota Bharu | Kelantan | Malaysia

Project Partner

The University Malaysia Kelantan has opened its gates for students in 2007. The University with its five faculties offers various undergraduate programs which include studies in creative media, media communication and media technology. The Doctoral and Masters degree programs also offer specializations in creative technology, cyberology, heritage and architecture. The cyberology program enables to go deeper into the matter of both media communication and new media technology. The program claims to equip students with knowledge of theories and practices relevant to the different fields of media.

The expertise of the professors and researches, employed at the UMK in the field of media communication and technology is broadly recognized as many of the staff hold national research grants and are consultants for many national projects in this area.

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Universiti Putra Malaysia

43400 UPM Verdang | Selangor Darum Ehsan | Malaysia

Project Partner

The Universiti Putra Malaysia with its 16 faculties and 9 institutes, is recognized as one of Malaysia’s leading research universities. The Department of Communication is located in the Faculty of Modern Language and Communication. It is known and well established as a department working on and in the field of media development, in which it offers strong academic programs. The PhD program offers specializations in mass communication and organizational communication.

The University has focused its scientific attempts in the area of the role an influence of communication and media in social change and development on individual, social and national level. Recent projects conducted by the members of the department reflect and testify this core competence.

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Academy of Journalism and Communication (AJC)

36 Xuân Thủy | Cầu Giấy | Hà Nội | Vietnam

Project Partner

The Academy of Journalism and Communication, founded in1962, is an institution under the roof of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics. The Academy has 19 faculties and 14 functional departments. The AJC offers BA, MA and PhD programs on 3 main areas of journalism, political science and philosophy. About 400 people are currently working at the Academy of Journalism and Communication, of which 280 are teachinh staff and 120 are non-teaching staff.

The main aim of the AJC is to educate elite students for relevant positions within the socio-political framework of the country. The mission of the Academy is to train students in journalism, communication and political studies for Vietnam. The AJC and the University of Vienna look back at many years of cooperation, especially in the field of Media Literacy.

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University of Social Sciences and Humanity Ho Chi Minh City

10-12 Đinh Tiên Hoàng | Bến Nghé | District 1 | Hồ Chí Minh City | Vietnam

Project Partner

The University of Social Sciences and Humanities Ho Chi Minh City is one of the leading universities in Vietnam in the field of social sciences. The school is a pioneering institution in terms of new academic programs to meet societal demands. There are more than 22,000 students enrolled in 28 undergraduate programs, 38 postgraduate programs and over 10 joint programs in collaboration with international partners.

Journalism and Communication education is one of the strengths of the USSH. Throughout more than twenty years of journalism education the Faculty of Journalism and Communication has trained thousands of journalists, editors and communication experts for news organizations and communication firms in Ho Chi Minh City and the whole country.

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Wiener Zeitung

Media Quarter Marx 3.3 | Maria-Jacobi-Gasse 1 | 1030 Wien | Austria

Associated Partner

The “Wiener Zeitung” is the oldest, still existing daily newspaper in the world (founded in 1703), owned by the Republic of Austria. “Wiener Zeitung” is a fully autonomic, non-party oriented media house covering commentaries and reports in the scope of politics, economics and cultural affairs. Part of the newspaper is the official gazette that is separated rigorous from the content of the daily newspaper. To complete the portfolio there are online platforms and e-government services for companies, citizens and the public sector. Another focus is to create “public value” in providing tasks and services for the society.

As an associated partner of the MEDLIT project, the “Wiener Zeitung Academy” will be there to disseminate information about the project and its development. Later in the process of the project the newspaper will also play a role in being a partner in establishing teaching programs in the project’s partner countries.

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