PHB provides professional teacher education and training (for primary and secondary level) in an 8-semester Bachelor of Education degree programme and several educational master programmes. It also offers in-service teacher training and various courses for further teacher education for teachers of all general, vocational and high schools. About 350 initial teacher trainees and more than 5,000 in-service teachers are currently enrolled at PHB.
There are three focal points in study and research: New Culture of Learning and Teaching, E-Learning and Media Education as well as Multilingualism and Intercultural Education. Accordingly, PHB has developed and is now constantly maintaining Austria’s biggest Online Teacher Training Platform (Virtuelle PH). PHB also engages in many international language projects both on school and university level. Furthermore, PHB provides study programmes for teachers of religious education. As regards music teacher education, PHB is in cooperation with the Eisenstadt Haydn Conservatory.
PHB has five departments, a centre for language learning and teaching and around eighty regional teaching practice partner schools (primary and secondary level) many of which are bilingual schools (German-
Hungarian and German-Croatian).
Twice a year, PHB publishes its own educational journal “PH publico” (print and online) including scientific articles on educational research, innovative developmental projects as well as good practice in teaching and education.
Situated in the east of Austria, close to Hungary and Slovakia, PHB sees itself as a strong partner in a multi-
lingual cross-border education network in Central Europe. PHB also maintains many national and interna-
tional partnerships with universities, vocational colleges and adult education units. PHB engages in many international projects and holds an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education ECHE.
In the current Erasmus+ project PALM, PHB is represented by Prof. Dr. Barbara Buchholz MA as researcher and her English primary teacher trainees as well as Mag. Susanne Keglovits as administrator.