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At the department of business education and human resource management (University of Innsbruck; Austria) we offer all relevant information services for the students via the internet with a 3-D interface. Students (but also other visitors) can choose an avatar and move around in the virtual reality environment. They cannot only explore all the relevant information for their study in an interactive way, e.g. knocking at the door of a professor and asking for the outline of her lecture but they can also start the necessary action for the university administration, e.g. booking the lecture, download the literature etc.
This is a pilot project not on the technical but on the organizational level. Linking all the relevant information together is primarily an organizational task which will change the university structure. The project is embedded in a three year development project funded by the Austrian government which will restructure the whole university.