The RURASMUS on-country semester.

Our idea

We want to give young people a new, enjoyable approach to rural areas and offer them the opportunity to play an active role in shaping their future.

The RURASMUS on-country-semester combines university education with practical experience. Theoretical knowledge can be applied directly – this increases the learning effect.

Students work on real issues and with the people affected. Through their involvement in community life, they learn that ideas in rural areas can usually be implemented quickly through personal initiative. The effects can be experienced directly and quickly – this opens doors for future jobs and new networks!

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Prof. Marc Michaeli, TU-München

The RURASMUS Research Institute.

Our mission

The RURASMUS – Research Institute for the Promotion of New Perspectives for Rural Europe is dedicated to the identification and dissemination of prototypical methods for sustainable community development. In this way, RURASMUS promotes a future-oriented transformation process of rural areas in Europe.

The RURASMUS semester is a method that provides “new” input for community development. Students live in a community for a semester and deal with a specific local research question.  The results obtained serve the communities for their development.


Our Team

Roland Gruber


has been involved in the future development of rural areas for around 30 years and has co-founded and implemented various projects, initiatives and impulses, such as the Baukulturverein LandLuft, the Zukunftsorte platform and the European Tolerance Talks. He studied architecture and cultural management and has been co-founder and managing director of the architecture firm nonconform for 20 years, specializing in participatory future space development.

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Nina Koth

Managing Director

was a project assistant at the European discussion platform kulturhauptstadt2024.at and from 2015 to 2020 worked at the Urban Design research department at TU Wien. She has worked in project organization for many years and was a freelance graphic and communication designer for a long time. She is currently writing her diploma thesis on “Potentials of student work in planning theory in the context of the transformation of rural areas”.

Elisabeth Leitner


has been dealing with rural areas for around 20 years and has been working full-time in university teaching and research for over 10 years. She was project manager of the European architecture network Wonderland and is the initiator of the European discussion platform kulturhauptstadt2024.at. From 2016 to 2020, the graduate architect and event manager headed the architecture course at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Spittal/Drau and has been chairwoman of the LandLuft association since 2019.


Isabel Stumfol



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Mario Tvrtkovic

Chairman of the Advisory Board

has been involved in the many facets of urban-rural research for more than 20 years, both in practice – with his office urbanorbit – and in teaching. Since 2013, the qualified architect and urban planner has been Professor of Urban Planning and Design at Coburg University of Applied Sciences in Bavaria. As part of the Federal Ministry of Education’s CREAPOLIS program, he conducts research on social participation and transformation in small towns and regions.


… our students.

… our communities, municipalities and regions.

… our university supervisors and academic advisors.

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