The University of Vienna, founded in 1365, is an internationally oriented university with long-term experience in research and teaching. Currently, about 93.000 students are enrolled in more than 180-degree programmes. With staff of close to 9.700 employees, 6.900 of which are academic, the University of Vienna is the largest teaching and research institution in Austria. The main task and goal of this University are creating and sustaining top-quality research and teaching. Research and teaching are regarded as one inseparable entity. A strong focus on research, combining fundamental with application-oriented research, makes this University highly attractive for the sharpest minds. The University of Vienna has been taking part in the SOKRATES/Erasmus programmes since 1992. Since then it has been taking an active role in different actions and programmes such as Lifelong Learning Programme, Erasmus Mundus, EU-China Higher Education Cooperation Programme, Alßan, ALFA and Tempus. As a coordinator and partner of numerous European projects within diverse programmes the University has gained substantial experiences in the management of international research projects and co-operations.
The Centre for Sport Science and University Sports (CSU) of the University of Vienna is among one of the 19 faculties/centers of the University of Vienna. It includes the Institute of Sport Science (ISS) representing the scientific sub division and the University Sports Institute (USI), being the central institution for college sports in Vienna. The so-called Study Service Centre takes charge of student and lecturer affairs concerning current study and curricula issues, while the Office of the Centre is responsible for administrative and organizational needs of the CSU. The CSU stands for high-level research and is nationally as well as internationally well-networked. The main focus is set on the following three research areas: "Physical and sport activities in society, in educational institutions, in sports organizations, in working environments and in self organized areas", "Physical and sport activities with age, for specific target groups such as humans with special needs" and "Load, strain and performance in sport as well as effects of movement and sport on the general performance". The researchers of the CSU publish in leading sports science journals and are involved in various EU, FWF and Sparkling-Science (Austrian Science Funds) projects and research platforms. In addition, the CSU offers professional educations and advanced trainings, combining tradition, innovation and future, such as the over 200 sports disciplines offered by the USI. The CSU is part of EU financed projects “IMPALA”, “The Voice”, Te(a)chIn Sport, Smart Sport and Match Point