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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

Alliance Alumna Gives Commencement Speech at University of Hawai'i

In 2014 Annabelle Le Jeune came to our Program as a participant with a group of 50 Miami Dade College students. Last year, she returned to work with us as an Intern on our student programs. It truly was a pleasure to welcome her back. Here's what she said about her commencement speech:" "It took nearly 24 years, but at the end of 2017 I finally weaved my own story together and shared it in front of thousands of people—something I’ve never done before. I was nervous, I was excited, and most of all, honored. This 7-minute speech was composed of lifelong confusion, challenges, worldly opportunities, and the little things. If you know you know. I’m still overwhelmed by all the feedback, and still so happy to have represented my Fall class of 2017 at UH Manoa."

How Tough Is It to Change a Culture of Harassment? Ask Women at Ford

"In recent months, as women have spoken out about harassment - at media companies and technology start-ups, in the entertainment industry and on Capital Hill - they have spurred quick action, with accused men toppling from lofty positions, corporations pledging change and lawmakers promising new protections. But much less attention has been focused on the plight of blue-collar workers, like those on Ford's factory floors. After the #MeToo movement opened a global floodgate of accounts of mistreatment, a former Chicago worker proposed a new campaign: "#WhatAboutUs." NY Times