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07.05.2014 US students visit BRZ

US students visit BRZ

Students of the master program "IT Management" from Richmond, U.S.A. visited the offices of the BRZ. Some of them work in administration-related organizations. Thus, E-Government in Austria is of particular interest to them.

Their educational trip to Europe comprised three destinations, including Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna. As part of the group’s journey the students visited several universities and IT organisations under the leadership of U.S. professor Heinz Roland Weistroffer. 

A glimpse into the heart of the BRZ

US students during the excursion in the BRZ US students during the excursion in the BRZ Bild vergrößern

Upon entering the BRZ building it was instantly obvious to the students that security is one of the top priorities within the organization. Just like the employees, every visitor has to pass through the strict access control systems. The first stop in the office tour was the service center, where all IT-services of the BRZ are monitored 24/7, thus enabling quick problem-solving. The highlight of the visit was the second stop: The students were allowed to enter the heart of the data center and to take a look into the server room.

Manoela Bodiroza (key account manager, BRZ) held a presentation on the BRZ, its history, structure and position within the Austrian federal administration. Carl-Markus Piswanger (e-governement architect, BRZ) gave an overview of e-government in Austria, the construction and use of the electronic file recording system in the federal government (ELAK) and the E-Gov Portal Services as well as current federal CMS projects. The students also had the possibility to get deeper insight in the field of E-Democracy and Open Data.

"It was a great learning experience for me"

One participant is now convinced to have gained better understanding of the differences in e-government between Europe and the USA: "I learned many things in comparison to the United States." Another student was impressed by the e-government performances for the Austrian citizens. The focus is set on the population and solutions are found through IT. “The innovative use of IT for Austrian citizens" in this context has made an impact on the student.

The Virginia Commonwealth University students present their gift for the BRZ The Virginia Commonwealth University students present their gift for the BRZ Bild vergrößern