The St. Polten University of Applied Sciences is located at Sankt Poelten, Capital of Lower Austria, Austria. It was founded in 1993 with 2880 students enrolled currently, offering 17 degree programmes. The different fields available here are Technology, Social Sciences, Business, health. The courses offered are vocational and academic oriented.
The work placement here ensures that before graduation, hands-on experience in the workplace is gained. The students here, does the team projects and practical work. There are different facilities provided by the university, like Multimedia laboratories, computer, library and satellite equipment. Campus Radio 94.4 is available in the university, ran by the students here.
The students at this university have additional training like foreign languages. Optimal support is being provided by the tutors here. Practice-oriented academic education is received by students about 2600 in 17 study programmes and numerous continuing education courses.
CARMA (Center for Applied Research in Media Assisted Health Care for Motion and Activity) is a applied research on media-assisted health care, who’s founding center is St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (UAS). The project is a perfect fit for EU initiatives on e-Health and demographic change. It provides solutions for the future problems of a changing society," says Jakob Doppler, co-initiator of CARMA and a researcher at the Institute for CreativeMedia/Technologies (ICM/T) at St. Pölten UAS. The Institute develops and tests technical sensors and analysis and feedback systems for CARMA.
As part of the project, physiotherapists at St. Pölten UAS are researching the health aspects of media-assisted health care. "We already know how music can be used to regulate walking and running speed. However, we do not yet know how we can exploit this effect in the area of rehabilitation, for example in the gait training of patients with artificial limbs. This is one of the research goals we will pursue at CARMA," says Brian Horsak, another co-initiator of CARMA and a researcher in the Bachelor programme in physiotherapy at St. Pölten UAS.
The Department of Research and Development was founded in 2001 and co-ordinates all research projects and scientific activities undertaken at St. Pölten UAS. Research and Development is organized with a major participation of lecturers and students in the projects. This ensures that research and instruction are directly linked. R&D puts special emphasis on co-operations with partners in and outside Austria and is committed to an interdisciplinary approach. An academic journal is published annually.