International School Kufstein Tirol starts as an Independent Congregational Private School in the Tyrol

First meeting of the advisory council

In the school year 2015/16 the International School Kufstein Tirol (ISK) opens its doors as a day school in the third building of the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein. The preparations for the first school year are already in full swing. The new educational concept is going to enrich the educational centre Kufstein.

At the end of July 2014 – as reported on numerous occasions – after a lot of effort over several years the course for ISK is finally determined with the help of the diocese Salzburg, the province of Tyrol, the city of Kufstein, the Austrian Industrial Association and the Tyrolean industry. The organization of the International School Kufstein, which is running the school, was founded by the Private Trust of the University of Applied Sciences as the sole owner of the school.

On 10 September 2014 the adisory council of the International School Kufstein Tirol held its first meeting in Kufstein. The advisory council, which is responsible for essential areas concerning the school, consists of the following members: member of the regional parliament representing the Head of the Tyrolean government, Dr. Bettina Ellinger, MA, representing the bishop of the diocese Salzburg, Mag. Josef Rupprechter and all of the members of the board of the Private Trust of the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein (president of the regional parliament, DDr. Herwig van Staa, Ing. Hans Treichl and chairman of the board, Dr. Siegfried Dillersberger).

„With the International School Kufstein Tirol we would like to meet the demand of the strong Industrial zone that the Tyrol is for a opportunity for an International education for young people. We are glad that industry and commerce are firmly supporting us in that endeavour“, says chairman of the advisory council, Ing. Hans Treichl.

OstR Prof. Mag. Herbert Madl, MSc., who as a very experienced teacher (Austrian Gymnasium and teaching at the University of Applied Sciences) had been working in teachers‘ training as well as in organisational and school development, was appointed Head of School by the board members. He has been working on establishing a concept for this school for several years. “This new and unique Private School commits itself to being a place for development of students‘ talents without any social boundaries. Students from 14/15 until 18/19 years should be supported in that respect and therefore the school focuses on aspects such as talent development, coaching of students in terms of learning, individuality and internationality.“

“ISK Tirol is a valuable complement to existing educational opportunities in the region. With the International Baccalaureate – common denomenator of the language diversity is English – the school offers a future-oriented and internationally recognized degree of secondary education. This degree enhances the opportunity to access universities wordwide“, summarizes Madl the innovative educational opportunity.

Mag. (FH) Walter Weiskopf, who hitherto was in the position of authorized signatory for the „Fachhochschul Errichtungs- und Betriebs GmbH Kufstein“, was appointed general manager of the organization of the International School Kufstein (ISK) by the board members of the Private Trust of the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein. Together with the Head of School he is part of the leadership team and the management of the school. Asked about the main goal of the school, Weiskopf answers the following: “The main goal is to offer our students the best education possible regardless of their parents‘ income. The leadership team of the school therefore came up with the possibility of tuition fees staggered according to the financial situation of families as well as an individual system of scholarships for young people who qualify for such financial support.“

From now on the leadership team of the school is open for registration to application interviews for students who want to apply for the school year 2015/16.  Furthermore, the selection of specially-qualified faculty as well as native speakers as teaching staff is in full swing.