THE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA: COMMITTED TO THRIVING SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT – FOCUSED ON THE CHALLENGES OF A HUMANE SOCIETY
The primary mission of the Medical University of Vienna -autonomous since 1 January 2004 - is to serve research and education in the broadest sense.
It seeks advances in medical science to cure and relieve the symptoms of illnesses, maintain health, and foster social prosperity in a thriving environment.
Building on its research programs, educational facilities, and curricula, the Medical University of Vienna strives to respond effectively to the ever-changing needs of State and society. Our newly established university, with centuries of tradition and experience, should and will excel in the coming years with a research profile best suited to meet these challenges. It also will distinguish itself with a curriculum that guarantees our medical students a state of the art education and conforms to the highest standards.
In all its endeavors the Medical University of Vienna will remain focused on the goals of humane society. It openly embraces the principles of justice and the equality of all human beings, regardless of gender, origin, ethnic background, and religion. It is dedicated to internationalism and consequently to shared responsibility for its recent history and the unjust deeds committed in its name during the years of Austrian National Socialism. In addition to the central principle of equal opportunity for its colleagues and students, our University dedicates itself equally to acknowledging and fostering individual achievement.
The demands on academic medicine from all realms of healthcare grow almost daily and increasingly challenge the traditional role of medicine. Among these are the age pyramid inversion, the accelerating shift to outpatient care, as well as the intensifying demand for health maintenance, partnership between physician and patient, and evidence-based medicine. They also include the transition from primarily specialist-oriented to integrative approaches to treatment, and the integration of additional disciplines, such as ethics, law, nursing care research, palliative medicine and health economics into classical medicine. The newly autonomous Medical University of Vienna must and will meet all of these key challenges responsibly in the coming decades.
Rector of the Medical University of Vienna