Graz University of Technology

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Graz University of Technology
Technische Universität Graz
TU Graz.svg
Motto Wissen – Technik – Leidenschaft[1]
Motto in English
Science – Passion – Technology[2]
Type Public university
Institute of technology
Established 1811
Rector Harald Kainz
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 13,737[3]
Location Graz, Styria, Austria

Graz University of Technology (German: Technische Universität Graz, short TU Graz) is one of five universities in Styria, Austria. It was founded in 1811 by Archduke John of Austria and currently comprises seven faculties. The university is a public university. It offers 18 bachelors and 33 masters study programmes (of which 16 are in English) across all technology and natural science disciplines. Doctoral training is organised in 14 English-speaking doctoral schools. The university has more than 13,000 students, and approximately 2,000 students graduate every year. Science study programmes are offered in the framework of NAWI Graz together with the University of Graz.

The university has a staff of 3,324.[3] Research areas are combined in five fields of expertise.

TU Graz, Montanuniversität Leoben and TU Wien form the network Austrian Universities of Technology (TU Austria)[4] with approximately 47,000 students and 9,000 staff.


The university has multiple campuses, as it is mainly situated on three sites in the city, two in the centre of Graz and one in the southeast of the city.

  • Alte Technik (Rechbauerstrasse / Lessingstrasse)
  • Neue Technik (Kopernikusgasse / Petersgasse)
  • Inffeldgasse

Campus buildings at the Graz University of Technology


1811: The Joanneum is founded by Archduke John of Austria. The first subjects taught were physics, chemistry, astronomy, mineralogy, botany, and technology.

1864: The Styrian government makes it a Technische Hochschule.

1874: The Technische Hochschule is taken over by the state.

1888: Opening of the Main Building (Alte Technik) by Franz Joseph I of Austria.

1901: The Technische Hochschule is granted the right to award doctorates.

1955: It is divided into three faculties.

1975: It is divided into five faculties and renamed Technische Universität Graz, Erherzog-Johann Universität (Graz University of Technology, Archduke-Johann-University).

2004: The new Austrian university law (UG 2002) is fully implemented – the university is divided into seven faculties.


The university consists of seven faculties:

  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering
  • Faculty of Electrical and Information Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Economic Sciences
  • Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Geodesy
  • Faculty of Technical Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering, Biotechnology


Students at TU Graz have a choice of 18 bachelor programmes and 33 master programmes. Graduates receive the academic degrees BSc, MSc or Diplom-Ingenieur/-in (Dipl.-Ing.). The doctoral programmes (Dr.techn. and Dr.rer.nat.) are offered as postgraduate programmes.

Facts and figures[edit]

  • Beginners: 2,033
  • Graduates (academic year 2016/17): 1,909
  • Federal budget 2017: €153.5 millions
  • Income from third-party funds 2017: €70.5 millions
  • Floor space (m²): 241,000
  • Non-academic staff: 987
  • Academic staff: 1,576 (of which project staff 904)
  • Mandated instructors/student assistants: 763

Data from: 2017/18[5][3]


In the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Graz University of Technology can be found in the 401–500 bracket. In the 2017 Shanghai ranking of universities/Global Ranking of Academic Subjects in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, it is in the 101–150 range. In the subjects Computer Science & Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Chemical Engineering and Energy Science & Engineering it is in the 201-300 range. In the subjects Mathematics and Chemistry, Graz University of Technology can be found in the 301-400 range.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Leitbild" (in German). Graz University of Technology. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Mission statement". Graz University of Technology. Retrieved 19 July 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "TU Graz at a glance". Graz University of Technology. Retrieved 19 July 2018. 
  4. ^ TU Austria – Austrian Universities of Technology
  5. ^ "Info Card 2017/18" (PDF). TU Graz Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018. 
  6. ^ Nikola Tesla: the European Years Archived 13 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine., D. Mrkich
  7. ^ Wohinz, Josef W. (16 May 2006). "Nikola Tesla und Graz" (in German). Technischen Universität Graz. Retrieved 29 January 2006. 
  8. ^ Wohinz, Josef W. (Ed,) (2006). Nikola Tesla und die Technik in Graz. Graz, Austria: Verlag der Technischen Universität Graz. pp.  16. ISBN 3-902465-39-5. 
  9. ^ Kulishich, Kosta (27 August 1931). "Tesla Nearly Missed His Career as Inventor: College Roommate Tells". Newark News. . Cited in Seifer, Marc, The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla, 1996

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Coordinates: 47°04′08″N 15°27′00″E / 47.06889°N 15.45000°E / 47.06889; 15.45000