Barbara Weitgruber was founding staff member and Director of the Office for International Relations and lecturer at Karl-Franzens Universität Graz, Austria and then Director of the Office for European Educational Co-operation of the Austrian Academic Exchange Service in Vienna, Austria. In December 1994 she joined the Austrian Ministry in charge of higher education and research as Director and later became Deputy Director General for Higher Education and Director General for Scientific Research and International Relations.
Weitgruber holds a “Master” degree in English/American and Interdisciplinary Studies, a Certificate in Mass Media and a Translator´s Diploma in English from Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria and a M.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago, US, where she started her professional career as a Fulbright Scholarship Holder and Teaching Assistant.
Weitgruber is a member in numerous committees, including the Task Force for Research, Technology and Innovation of the Austrian Federal Government, the Austrian Fulbright Commission, the European “Research Policy Group” and she chairs the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria.