Chargé d’Affaires Robin Dunnigan represented the U.S. Embassy Vienna at the opening ceremony of the 44th UNO-Innsbruck Summer School at Congress Innsbruck on June 30. The evening was kicked off with a video celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Universität Innsbruck in 2019. Rektor Tilmann Märk, in his remarks, reminiscing about his own exchange experience as a Fulbright Austria /Max Kade fellow in the United States exactly 50 years ago, underlined the importance of international exchange for any higher education institution. Representatives from the University of New Orleans, the University of Georgia, the City of Innsbruck (ibkinfo) and Land Tirol reminded some 300 students attending of their responsibility as citizens of the world and encouraged them to make the most of the unique learning experience at the Summer School in the beautiful Innsbruck surroundings. The students will continue a decades-long tradition and will be joining an alumni community which numbers over ten thousand, including more and more second-generation, and even a few third-generation participants.
Chargé Dunnigan, in her closing remarks, encouraged students to study then Secretary of State George C. Marshall’s legendary speech of 1947, when he had called upon Americans to do their utmost to support war-torn Europe as ‘we are all tied together.’