8.3.4 Higher arts education and professional training
Every summer since 1971, the International Master Courses take place. The Liechtenstein Music School thus opens its windows to the world. The list of music teachers reads as a "Who's Who" in the world of music. Over 2 500 young musicians representing 50 different countries have received the final touches for their musical careers here. Internationally renowned musicians and music professors instruct the music students on a university level. These master courses today rank among the advanced education institutions most in demand in Europe and overseas. Complementary to the master courses are the International Liechtenstein Guitar Days, also featuring courses and concerts of the highest standard.
The higher education of Liechtenstein musicians and artists is usually acquired at conservatories abroad, chiefly in Switzerland and Austria, with whom Liechtenstein has standing agreements. Alternatively, students from Liechtenstein as an EEA Member state have access to institutions of higher education within the EU.
In 1997, the Lisbon Convention entered into force to help enforce non-discrimination of foreign students within the EU. As early as 1999, Liechtenstein was one of the first countries in the German-language area to systematically implement the Bologna Process by offering newly structured study options as well as bachelor's and master's programmes.
In 1981, Liechtenstein became a signatory to the Intercantonal Agreement on Contributions to Institutions of Higher Education. Since then, access to Swiss institutions of higher education has been ensured and equal opportunities for students from Liechtenstein and Switzerland guaranteed. Since 1997, these rights have been documented in the Intercantonal Agreement on Universities. So that students have access to the numerous non-university tertiary educational options in Switzerland, Liechtenstein also became a signatory in the summer of 1999 to the Intercantonal Agreement on Universities of Applied Sciences.
With the Agreement and Additional Protocol on the Equivalence of Diplomas leading to Admission to Universities (1977, 1983), Liechtenstein students are also equal under the law in Austria and have free access to universities. At the end of 1997, the relationship between Austria and Liechtenstein in the area of secondary schools and institutions of higher education was newly regulated. The agreement ensures full equivalence of diplomas leading to admission to universities, full mutual recognition by universities of applied sciences and universities, transfer of study credits and governance of academic degrees.