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Foundation of the RCIE

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The inaugural meeting of the center took place on July 16, 2020. Extensive preparatory work preceded this meeting. Dr. Andrea Seel, the rector of the Private University College of Teacher Education, Diocese Graz-Seckau, highlighted the already well-established cooperation in the field of inclusive education in Styria. Dr. Elgrid Messner, the rector of the University College of Teacher Education Styria, emphasized the historical and pioneer work in the field of inclusive school development in Styria and was delighted about the implementation of this meaningful and important project in Styria. Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Polaschek, the rector of the University of Graz, pointed out that the center should become a source of ideas and research activities for the further development of inclusive schools and that the bundled research expertise should extend the national and international recognition of the three institutions.

The RCIE leadership team, consisting of one representative from each of the three institutions, namely Univ.-Prof. Dr. Barbara Gasteiger-Klicpera (University of Graz), Prof. Dr. Andrea Holzinger (PHSt) and Prof. David Wohlhart (KPH Graz), was nominated at the inaugural meeting. The first leadership period lasts three years, and each member of the leadership team will assume the main lead for one year.

According to the principle of rotation, the main leaders are assigned as follows:

07/16/2020 – 09/30/2020: Prof. David Wohlhart (KPH Graz)

10/01.2020 – 09/30/2021: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Barbara Gasteiger-Klicpera (University of Graz)

10/01.2021 – 09/30/2022: Prof. Dr. Andrea Holzinger (PHSt)

In addition, a deputy leader from each institution was appointed (see chart “Organization”).

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Cooperating partners

 Kirchliche Pädagogische Hochschule Graz  Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark  Universität Graz 

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