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Austrian Advisory Board

RaoulRaoul Kneucker

Dr. Kneucker was secretary general of the Conference of University Rectors from 1970-1977, secretary general of the Austrian Science Foundation from 1977-1989, and permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Science and Research (research and international science relations) from 1990-2002. He worked on science policy and institutional evaluation in Austria and the Netherlands, and for the EU Commission and EU Council. He taught European politics at the University of Innsbruck from 2002-2010, and law of religions and religious institutions in Europe at the University of Vienna from 2004-2015. Dr. Kneucker’s numerous publications are in the areas of human rights, education and research policies, public administration, bureaucracy, EU politics and policies, and law of religions. He was born in Vienna and raised and educated in Graz, where he studied languages and law at the University of Graz, and political science at Brandeis University. Dr. Kneucker is a fellow and former board member of the Salzburg Global Seminar.


Dax_newMichael Daxner

Dr. Daxner is professor of sociology and president emeritus of the University of Oldenburg, visiting professor at the Free University of Berlin, and senior research fellow at Berghof Conflict Research in Germany. He is the former president of the Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental University Values and Rights. In 1986, Dr. Daxner began his service as president of the Carl-von-Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, where he served two terms. In 2002 he became special counselor to the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) office in Belgrade. From 2003 to 2004, he was engaged in Afghan higher education reform as commissioned by the German Rectors and German Academic Exchange on behalf of the German Foreign Office and served as an expert on Southeast European education as a counselor with the Austrian Ministry of Science and Education. He holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Vienna. Dr Daxner has attended several Salzburg Global Seminar programs and serves as teaching faculty of the Global Citizenship Program.


Anna_finalAnna Glass

Ms. Anna Glass is a scholar and a professional administrator in the field of higher education. She has served as higher education expert / administrator for the OECD, UNESCO, Eurydice, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and the Salzburg Global Seminar, among others. As interim secretary general of the Magna Charta Observatory in 2012, she worked to promote the fundamental principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy at universities throughout the world. Her areas of specialization include: Global trends in higher education; higher education policy, governance and reform; private higher education in Europe; internationalisation of higher education institutions; the Bologna Process and UNESCO conventions on recognition of academic qualifications. Ms. Glass holds a B.A. in literature (Middlebury College, USA), an M.A. in higher education (University of Bath, UK) and is pursuing a PhD in higher education at University College London’s Institute of Education.


News and Views

The ‘Allahu Akbar’ Double Standard of Terrorism

One of the worst mass shootings in modern American history recently took place in October 2017 when a white man named Stephen Paddock shot over 500 people (killing 58 of them) during an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. A few weeks after the Las Vegas massacre, a 29-year-old Muslim immigrant from Uzbekistan named Saifullo Saipov killed 8 people in lower Manhattan in New York City while allegedly saying “Allahu Akbar” during his murder spree. Both of these acts of mass murder were meant to instill terror in the general public; yet only one of them is called terrorism. The Bridge Initiative