About us / our vision
“Health promoting universities and colleges shape the health and sustainability of our current and future societies, strengthen communities, and contribute to the well-being of people, places, and the planet.” (Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges (2015))
The Network of Health Promoting Universities Austria is a non-profit oriented association of Austrian universities and universities of applied sciences. The starting points for the Network of Health Promoting Universities Austria are the Ottawa Charter (1986)  of the WHO and the Okanagan Charter (2015). The network members are committed to the vision of developing the university setting into a health-promoting living, learning and working environment for employees and students.
In keeping with the Okanagan Charter, the network pursues two calls to action:
- To embed health in all aspects of the university culture, in all administrative, operational, and academic mandates, at the behavioral and relational levels
- To take action on health promotion and collaboration at the local and global levels.
In the evolving knowledge society, higher education institutions have a unique opportunity and responsibility to generate, share, and implement knowledge and research findings. From this special position, they have a mandate to lead by example in the sustainable improvement of society’s overall health.
 Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) (1986): Ottawa-Charta zur Gesundheitsförderung. Internationale Konferenz zur Gesundheitsförderung, Ottawa, Ontario, Kanada, 17.-21.11.1986.
 Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges (2015).