42 Vienna, a beacon in the heart of Europe

42 The Network
3 min readMay 26, 2023

Discover 42 Vienna, our campus in Austria paving the way for big changes in the country.

Immersed in the heart of Europe, Vienna, the vibrant capital of Austria, is a dazzling fusion of historical grandeur and contemporary vitality. Internationally lauded as a hub of art, culture, and classical music, this captivating city has gracefully claimed the title of the world’s most liveable city for numerous years in succession. The allure of Vienna extends far beyond its aesthetically pleasing façade; it is a city that unarguably offers an exceptional quality of life, presenting a diverse tapestry of rich culture, tantalizing cuisine, and fascinating history.

In this unparalleled setting, 42 Vienna opened its doors in October 2022, following two years of preparation during an unprecedented global health crisis. Throughout the Piscines, the dedicated staff at 42 Vienna channel their energies towards understanding and addressing the needs of their candidates. A dynamic range of sports activities and the supportive guidance of a life coach are available to encourage a harmonious work-life balance. After successfully conducting two Piscines in 2022, 42 Vienna is gearing up to host three in the current year, and planning both winter and summer sessions for the upcoming 2024.

Vienna isn’t only a shrine to the past; it has gracefully embraced the future. The city has evolved into a burgeoning hotspot for entrepreneurship and innovation, relentlessly pursuing excellence and effectiveness as a Research, Technology, and Innovation (RTI) location. 42 Vienna makes good use of its position and has, as of 2023, 14 partners* from different economic sectors, from banking, life sciences, paper, wood and metal processing, to sensor and security technology.

“We have such a variety of partner companies who collaborate with us that it is really up to the student to decide who to work for! Our learning journeys — where students visit the companies, exchange ideas and talk about career opportunities — have shown that these partners already line up to pitch their open positions to our students.”
Rosemarie Pichler, General Manager of 42 Vienna

The demand is really high, as Vienna and Austria are transitioning to become not only a geographical center of Europe but also an IT center in Europe. The biggest challenge is to find well-trained employees in a wide variety of areas, including IT. 30,000 IT specialists are lacking in Austria today — and this number would only go up without innovative training programs like 42.

“42 Vienna already has gained the image of a real changemaker in education — it is very important for us to live up to this image. As a very young campus in a small country with 8M habitants, it is particularly important to achieve a high quality of graduates in addition to sufficient students and to network them with our partners in the best way.”
Rosemarie Pichler, General Manager of 42 Vienna

*Partners of 42 Vienna includes:
RBI Raiffeisenbank International / Raiffeisen Informatik / Fronius / Lisec / Magna / Wien-IT / Takeda / Umdasch Group / Welser Profile / EVVA / Engel Austria / Worthington / Net for future / Waff / AK NÖ/Wien / WK NÖ/Wien / IVNÖ

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