Ambassador Mrs. Talya Lador-Fresher was appointed as new Ambassador of the State of Israel to Vienna in the fall of 2015. On October 20, 2016, the ambassador visited the province of Tyrol for the first time on an official visit. This visit also included a reception at the Salon des Rektors of the University of Innsbruck. The Ambassador was welcomed by the President of the University Senate and Academic Director of AIANI, Ivo Hajnal, as well as the President of the University Council, Christian Smekal. Also attending were the Head of the International Services, Barbara Tasser, and AIANI
Technologies for Tourism Research" and "The Urban Development of Jerusalem and its Geopolitical Future". The European Forum, and more specifically the Center for Austrian Studies at the EF, nominates the four Israeli students who come to the LFUI every summer on scholarships to participate in the Intensive German Courses. Prof. Shoval was appointed new Director of the EF in the fall of 2015 and it was his first visit to Innsbruck and the LFUI. Prof. Shoval´s visit will hopefully lead to some exchange programs, and new forms of collaboration between the two institutions in the near future. Two students from HUJ might be coming for a semester to the LFUI starting next fall. Also planned is exchange of lecturers, a joint conference, guest lectures as well as scholarships for PhD candidates and post-docs.