The mission of Center Austria is to direct international student and faculty mobility between the University of New Orleans and universities in Austria. Center Austria promotes the communication and extension of Austrian and Central European culture through scholarly and artistic activities and academic partnerships. Furthermore, the Center is based on more than three decades of cooperation with the University of Innsbruck and a Sister-City Agreement between the Cities of Innsbruck, Austria and New Orleans, as well as a new partnership agreement with the University of Graz, Austria. The Center was launched in the fall of 1997, and it functions as a research and discourse hub for Austrian and European Studies at the University of New Orleans and throughout the city. Its origin was the Institute for the Study of Comparative Public Policy.
In 1992, Anton Pelinka, a political scientist at the University of Innsbruck, and Günter Bischof, a historian at UNO, started Contemporary Austrian Studies (CAS) as an annual publication. Contemporary Austrian Studies is an interdisciplinary social studies journal that covers Austria since 1918 and is designed to complement the older Austrian History Yearbook, which concentrates more on Habsburg history. CAS was published for seventeen years by Transaction of New Brunswick, NJ, and for the past three years jointly by UNO Press and Innsbruck University Press. Volumes are dedicated to a specific theme chosen annually, with essays, forums, historiography, roundtables, book reviews and an annual review of Austrian politics complementing each volume.