Karl Heinz Gruber awarded honour by Austrian President
Friday, March 23, 2012
Professor Karl Heinz Gruber, currently research fellow at the department and emeritus professor of comparative education at the University of Vienna, Austria, has been awarded the Grand Insignia of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria by the Austrian President.
Karl received the honour in recognition of his contributions to research in comparative and international education and for representing Austria on the Governing Board of the OECD-Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) in Paris and on the Council of UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education in Geneva.
As the holder of Austria’s first and only chair of comparative education he defined his role as both analysing supranational educational trends and developments and presenting them to Austria‘s scientific and policy making communities, and explaining the specifics of Austrian education as part of the realm of German educational theory to an international public.
Karl’s honour may also be related to his commentaries on educational matters in the Austrian newspaper DER STANDARD and in the Austrian edition of the German weekly DIE ZEIT. He strongly believes that the findings of educational research must not only be communicated to the scientific community but also – in a comprehensible language –to teachers, parents and the public at large.