editors letter
Life lessons One of my earliest memories is something my father said. I was having a tantrum after a fight with a classmate. “She’s just stupid!” I said, in my 5-year-old fury. “Be patient,” my father said. “You can learn something from everyone.” While this did nothing to assuage me, it has been a constant companion in my life since....
letters to the editor
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editorial
The implicit social contract of higher education bringing higher wages is compromised, with “overqualification” and underemployment a graduate’s nightmare Often, universities are blamed for leaving students underprepared for the job market, teaching outdated disciplines like literature, logic, philosophy and drama. Don’t be fooled. You can't monetize intangibles. There is no price for the priceless. Yet it is these intangibles  that endure, what’s...
editorial
On September 5, over  220,000 Viennese students went back to school. Some go willingly, some have to be dragged, but Austrian parents have a stock response to unwilling schoolgoers: Blame Maria Theresa It was in 1774, under the reign of Austria’s only female head of state ever, that six years of compulsory schooling became law of the land for most...
editorial
A revolution in school reform – finally! Austria’s new Education Minister Sonja Hammerschmid had barely taken office before she began ruffling feathers. The new “pilot” Comprehensive Schools and proposed centralized Education Directorate were not closed debates, she announced.  Nor were teachers’ qualifications, nor a school director’s right to hire and fire, nor….   It was quite a list. Regional governments and...
op-ed
What is the best role for government in higher education, hands-on or off the table? It might seem strange that a generation after the fall of the Iron Curtain, good quality education is still scarce in post-communist Central Europe. Of course, the region is not lacking in people with various titles and diplomas from dozens of new colleges and universities....
melange
Vice President of the Austrian National Board at AIESEC, Buse Özgöde tells us how international education changed her perspective – and the direction of her career She’d probably never admit this, but when life gives Buse Özgöde lemons, she doesn’t simply make lemonade, she checks back for sweeter options. Denied the option to study near home, she took an educational...
beautiful minds
If our education decides our future, what happens to upward mobility and equal opportunity? A democracy depends on citizens knowing what they are voting for, otherwise the X is as rationally placed as a bet on a roulette wheel. Many politicians this year are betting on “truthiness” – a polarizing platform of gut feelings over facts. “I love the uneducated!”...
international education
The Holy Trinity of a formal education is classroom, exam, diploma. This model is being challenged all over the world Ten-year-old Mohammed sits cross-legged in his family’s tent in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. It is 2013 and he is reminiscing about his childhood in Daraa, the birthplace of the revolution in Syria, which he escaped in 2012 amid fighting...
expat vote
For American citizens overseas, doing your civic duty is easier than you think: Cast an absentee ballot! The impact of absentee voting was made abundantly clear in at least one national election. One party’s candidate held a slim lead after the polls closed, but his opponent eked out a narrow victory after postal ballots were counted. No, this wasn’t the 2000...
profile
On our path to a knowledge society, understanding the world around us is ever more important When asked what he does for a living, Lutz-Helmut Schön, 70, first tries to show rather than tell. He takes out a kind of manual clock that can supposedly tell the time using weights in a semi-circle formation, hoping to spark our curiosity. Schön...
profile
On our path to a knowledge society, understanding the world around us is ever more important Manager, Wikimedia Austria We might use them every day, but few of us stop to consider who is behind the biggest online platforms. As the standard go-to source for information, Wikipedia has become an institution that is often taken for granted. Although it is an...
profile
On our path to a knowledge society, understanding the world around us is ever more important On any given day, 50 to 60 people vie for Ali Mahlodji’s time at his offices in the 4th district. So I was a bit confused when Ali (“Call me Ali!”) asked me to meet him at the historic Looshaus, an architectural landmark in...
profile
On our path to a knowledge society, understanding the world around us is ever more important Fleeing the chaos of Bosnia in the 1990s and arriving in Vienna as a young child, Melisa Erkurt is well-placed to understand the experiences of Austrians from migrant backgrounds. Now 25 years old, she is the Managing Editor of das biber, a monthly magazine...
keep learning
We can’t stop ourselves from learning, so why not do it on purpose? Human beings never stop learning. Not only are we able to keep up with our ever-changing world, but because understanding gets us going. By understanding more and more about our surroundings and ourselves we connect with each other, become closer to other people and cultures. By using...
vienna science research
The city that brought forth Wittgenstein, Freud and Schrödinger, Vienna is again a hotbed of ideas and scientific research When refugee scientists Paul E. Lazarsfeld (sociologist at Columbia University) and Oskar Morgenstern (economist at Princeton) returned to Vienna in the late 1950s, they were appalled by research center. Vienna was also a hotspot for the the lack of intellectual potential. “No...
technology
Academia and business don’t mix? A group of Austrians set out to bridge the gap, and business is booming Great ideas are born in the laboratories, classrooms and think tanks of Austria’s educational institutions. Many, however, languish awaiting peer review and publication, become integrated into someone else’s research, or are exploited commercially by foreign businesses. Often, neither Austrian academics nor their...
business
The creative industries need to be ever-fresh. Michael Conrad of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership talks about what it takes to create like a boss He knew there was plenty of talent out there, but the young Michael Conrad was having a hard time hiring creatives for his ad agency in the 1980s. Again and again, he would see...
advertorial
The Austrian corporate real estate giant IMMOFINANZ has just released a new office concept myhive. It has the services and amenities of a hotel, infrastructure like Apple or Google and the office culture of a co-working space We spoke to COO Dietmar Reindl and Country Manager Christian Traunfellner about this long-awaited solution. Metropole: What are some problems that myhive solves for...
books
With schools and universities starting again, Benedict Carey’s How We Learn is the right guide for getting your brain in full swing Learning is a slog. You have to sit down, shut out the world, focus relentlessly on a tiresome subject, and keep repeating this until it finally sticks. Then, the next day, you have to go back to the...
books
Barry G. Gale brings high-brow rigor to a low-brow subject in Love in Vienna: The Sigmund Freud - Minna Bernays Affair As Barry G. Gale admits in a vital passage in Love in Vienna, “Affairs by their very nature are secretive, so it is not always easy to find evidence that they occurred.” He goes on to say that this...
city life
The Gürtel is a hot spot for live music with no neighbors On any given Saturday night,  this stretch of pavement flanked by busy roads under the U6 line is packed with revelers. Beneath the brickwork railway arches, live music and beer-infused gossip compete to drown out the twin dins of revving cars and rumbling trains. The kilometer-long stretch of...
scenes
Some holiday traditions are lost in translation Stuck in the polyester tights of my questionably short Marie Antoinette costume, I contemplated if I had finally outgrown Halloween. My partner-in-crime, a very handsome skeletal gentleman, waited patiently with his painted nose buried in a book as our crotchety Viennese taxi driver griped under his breath all the way to the 10th...
grätzl
Just a block below Mariahilfer Straße, commerce gives way to side streets full of trendy bars, galleries, clubs and restaurants, anchored by a park with a large playground, old trees and a soccer/basketball cage This is Esterhazypark: An early target of gentrification, the area attracts an eclectic mix of wealthy urbanites, college students and young creatives, with 51 percent of apartments...
pallas athene
Ernst Krenek’s opera Pallas Athene weint: A musical megaphone for our political times Does music amplify the uproar of the world around us, or does it soothe it? Is opera a pacifying opiate, or can it be a medium of provocation or insight? Pallas Athene weint by Ernst Krenek – with four performances this month by the Neue Oper Wien...
candy dulfer
The Dutch jazz institution brings a fresh and funky injection of sax-appeal Propelled to global stardom in the early 1990s with her break out debut album Saxuality, jazz and funk saxophonist Candy Dulfer has made an indelible mark in a male dominated genre. Influenced by giants like Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, and Dexter Gordon, she fuses experimental tempos and moods...
saul williams
The New York slam poet breaks back into the hip-hop scene An alternative hip-hop icon since acquiring the title of Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Grand Slam Champion in 1996, esteemed spoken word artist Saul Williams has since risen to global fame for his poetry, writing and acting. Highly influential in both music and literature, his list of appearances and collaborators is long, including...
schikaneder
The Raimund Theater sets the stage for Emanuel Schikaneder, legendary writer of The Magic Flute Every year, the day after the famed Opera Ball sweeps through the hallowed halls of the Staatsoper, a group of children is enchanted by a performance of Mozart’s Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). They marvel at the catchy, accessible music and cringe from the Queen of the Night....
menschenfeind
A modern take on Molière’s baroque human comedy Widely regarded as one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy in Western literature, Molière’s social satire The Misanthrope receives a breath of fresh air from Felix Hafner’s modern adaption. Self-proclaimed “honest man” Alceste’s “defect of being more sincere than people wish” compels him to expose superficiality and hypocrisy, but his biting tongue...
superhumans
Time-traveling master racists demonstrate The Horror of the Ordinary in this anarchic theater project Keeping it surreal since 1997, the performance collective Showcase Beat Le Mot continues to defy the conventions of dramaturgy with a new project featuring time-traveling Nazis, a foam machine, radiation suits and multicolored strobes. Although they might look a bit like your mate’s dad – the...
masterpieces
The Albertina pin-points Pointillism’s meticulously methodical mark-making Georges Seurat once insisted that, although some saw poetry in his paintings, he saw “only science.” The founding father of Pointillism, he used color and optical theory to create images out of scores of individual dots, relying on the human eye to create a full range of color rather than physically blending paint...
martin kippenberger
Germany’s jocular anti-traditionalist genius returns to Vienna posthumously Widely regarded as one of the most talented German artists of the late 20th-century, Martin Kippenberger is best known for his larger-than-life personality and his prolific and controversial fecundity. Inspired by Dadaism and Fluxus, he deconstructed traditional art with ingenuity, teetering between self-deprecation and glorification, freely moving between illustration, painting, installations, performance and...
shunga
One of the foremost collections of erotic art from the floating world makes waves in Vienna Despite countless attempts by officials to prohibit and destroy erotic art during Japan’s Edo period, (1603-1867) the MAK’s exhibition of 4200 sheets by ukiyo-e artists remains a testament to the fact that sex sells. Far from serving pornographic purposes however, the interest in Shunga by...
screen
The international film festival beckons with new films from celebrated auteurs, international gems, intriguing documentaries and Christopher Walken As the carefree warmth of summer gives way to a reflective autumn, and Vienna’s open-air cinemas head back into hibernation, the schedules are cleared of summer blockbusters and more serious fare comes into focus. What better way to kick of the season than...
egon schiele
Egon Schiele – Death and the Maiden paints a picture of flawed genius It’s always challenging to portray a beloved historical figure. Striking a balance between the truth, entertainment and the image held dear by adoring fans is never easy. Artists, however, make the job slightly easier as their works often stand alone, leaving their creator in the shadows. Such...
monsters
The golden age of horror comes back... from the dead!!! It was 1931 when horror film legend Bela Lugosi donned Dracula’s soon-to-be signature cape and fangs to become an epitome of evil, declaring to us mere mortals: “I never drink… wine!” Few cinematic eras have left such an indelible mark on popular culture than the B-movies that emerged from the Universal...
style
For 650 years, these walls have seen fashion come and go. We take a look into where today’s styles found their origins Creative Direction Ali Rabbani // iamrabbani.com Photos Jürgen Hammerschmid // jhammerschmid.at Styling: Lana Sharp & Jessica Bama // makingof.at Hair & Makeup Emin Akan // madlions.net Models Yannik Pelzl  // stellamodels.com   Thomas Gaeta  // wienermodels.com     Music Caught a Ghost // caughtaghost.com Founded in 1365, Vienna University Library is the...
learning wearing
Thoughts from our expert on design, gadgets and joie de vivre I remember the day I discovered that clothing told a story. It was in a dusty room as a first year fashion student, listening to a professor tell us that in the 20th century, practically all high fashion originated in Paris. Other countries sent their editors there to buy,...
hermann fankhauser
One half of the design team behind Wendy&Jim and Professor at the Academy of Applied Arts, Hermann Fankhauser stole some time on his flight from Paris to answer 10 questions 1. Who taught you the skills you have today? My biggest teacher and counterpoint is certainly Helga Ruthner, my partner of our label Wendy & Jim. But there have been many...
my favorite things
Travels, Toys, Thoughts, and Threads to Widen Your Horizons     A Few Nice Do-dads To Remind You to Be Aware of What You Wear
mamta mahto
Bringing authentic South Indian flavor to Vienna “Eighty percent of all Indian restaurants in Vienna are North Indian,” chef Mamta Mahto of the Prosi Indian Restaurant explained to us. A spinoff of the popular Prosi Exotic Supermarket next door, the restaurant’s authentic South Indian taste is a rare treasure to stumble across in Vienna. Mamta Mahto, who has called Austria home...
le burger
Le Burger throws out convention and leaves it all up to you A walk down Mariahilfer Straße is like life in fast-forward. Businesses shut down and new ones take their place, while others just get a seasonal facelift. One storefront on Vienna’s longest shopping drag managed to pull off a trifecta of all of the above: Where a McDonald’s once stood, an...
blue mustard
Dine and drink your way around the globe at Blue Mustard A self-proclaimed resto-bar (a pastiche of restaurant and bar), Blue Mustard joined Vienna’s first-district nightlife scene in July, promising to unite fine dining and drinking as harmoniously as gin goes with tonic. Located just off the busy Graben pedestrian zone, they offer international haute cuisine, inspired cocktails, and an...
vine storms
With foul weather affecting the vintage, this year is a rough one for Austrian wine This year will not be remembered fondly by Austrian winemakers. Catastrophic weather conditions in some of the main grape-growing regions left behind a messy pulp of battered vines, frostbitten shoots and diseased fruit. A reminder that the climate still has the power to make or...
Hobby Tennis Vienna
You don't have to be a seeded pro to participate in Austria's organized tennis tournaments There are plenty of things I should be worrying about. There are the presidential elections here and in the U. S.  for starters. But if I’m being truly honest, the niggling concern I can’t get out of my head right now is a problem with...
erste bank open
The tennis aristocracy comes to Vienna for the Erste Bank Open tournament The Erste Bank Open has a tradition of attracting a high-quality field to its specially laid hard court at the Wiener Stadthalle. At Austria’s biggest tennis tournament, world-class players fight for valuable points for the season-ending World Tour Finals run by the sport’s governing body, the Association of...
travel farm
Connect with nature while unplugging from city life... but leave enough time to milk the cows We talk about our dream of country life, walking arm in arm down a quiet lane while cattle graze in a field nearby; crossing a babbling brook in the shade of a mighty oak, the aroma of freshly cut hay radiant in the afternoon...
last word
The Financial Times just ranked the WU’s Masters Degree in International Management among the top 10 management programs worldwide We asked director Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger what choices led to this success and how internationality influences the quality of the program. Dear Readers! The FT ranking evaluates degree programs in management based on 16 criteria. A place this high up in the ranking requires...