Graz University of Technology

Graz University of Technology

Graz University of Technology (German: "Technische Universität Graz", short "TU Graz") is (after University of Graz) the second largest university in Styria, Austria. In Austria there are two Universities of Technology, one in Graz and one in Vienna. Graz University of Technology was founded in 1811 by Archduke Johann. TUG, as the university is called by its students, is a public university. During the summer term of 2005 approximately 8200 students were enrolled in TUG, of which 16% were from abroad. 19% of the students were female.


The University does not have a single campus, but 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


1811: The Joanneum is founded by Archduke Johann. 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 Kaiser Franz Joseph I.

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 (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 consists of:
** Institute of Structural Design
** Institute of Architectural Science and Architectural Design
** Institute of History of Arts and Cultural Studies
** Institute of Urbanism
** Institute of Architectural Typologies
** Institute of Architectural Technology
** Institute of Spatial Design
** Institute of Architecture and Landscape
** Institute of Contemporary Art
** Institute of Domestic Architecture
** Institute of Building and Energy
** Institute of Architecture and Media
* Institutes of the Faculty of Civil Engineering:
** Institute of Structural Analysis
** Institute of Structural Concrete
** Institute of Steel Structures and Shell Structures
** Institute of Technology and Testing of Building Materials
** Institute of Laboratory for Structural Engineering
** Institute of Timber Engineering and Wood Technology
** Institute of Highway Engineering and Transport Planning
** Institute of Railway Engineering and Transport Economy
** Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management
** Institute of Urban Water Management and Landscape Water Engineering
** Institute of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
** Institute of Construction Management and Economics
** Institute of Building Construction and Industrial Architecture
** Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling
** Institute of Engineering Geology and Applied Mineralogy
** Institute of Building Informatics
** Institute of General Mechanics
** Institute of Engineering Geodesy and Measurement Systems
* Faculty of mechanical engineering and economics
** Institute of Production Engineering
** Institute of Materials Science, Welding and Forming
** Institute of Strength of Materials
** Institute of Mechanics and Mechanism
** Institute of Thermal Engineering
** Institute of Material Handling and Logistic Systems
** Institute of Machine Components and Methods of Development
** Institute of Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics
** Institute of Hydraulic Fluidmachinery
** Institute of Thermal Turbomachinery and Machine Dynamics
** Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
** Institute of Automotive Engineering
** Institute of Automotive Security
** Institute of Tool Technics for Non-Cutting Production
** Institute of Production Science and Management
** Institute of Industrial Management and Innovations Research
** Institute of General Management and Organisation
** Institute of Business Economics and Industrial Sociology
** Institute of Engineering- and Business Informatics
* Faculty of electrical engineering and information technology
** Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics
** Institute of Electronics
** Institute of Signal Processing and Speech Communication
** Institute of Electrical Measurement and Measurement Signal Processing
** Institute for Fundamentals and Theory in Electrical Engineering
** Institute of Communications Networks and Satellite Communications
* Faculty of mathematical and physical sciences
* Faculty of chemistry, chemical and process engineering, and biotechnolgy
* Faculty of computer science consists of:
** Institute for Applied Information Processing and Communication []
** Institute of Information Systems and Computer Media
** Institute of Knowledge Management and Visualisation
** Institute of Theoretical Computer Science
** Institute of Knowledge Discovery
** Institute of Computer Vision and Graphics
** Institute of Computer Graphics and Knowledge Visualization
** Institute of Software Technology


Students at TUG have a choice of 21 programmes, which are offered as diploma, bachelor, or master programmes. Graduates receive the academic degrees Bakk.techn., Bakk.rer.soc.oec., Mag.rer.soc.oec, or Diplomingenieur (Dipl.-Ing.). The doctoral programmes (Dr.techn. and Dr.rer.nat.) are offered as postgraduate programmes.



* Architecture
* Biomedical Engineering
* Chemical and Process Engineering
* Chemistry
* Civil Engineering
* Computer Science
* Earth Science
* Electrical Engineering
* Geomatics Science
* Mechanical Engineering
* Molecular Biology
* Software Development - Economy
* Technical Chemistry
* Technical Mathematics
* Technical Physics
* Technomathematics
* Telematics

[as of October 06]

Facts and Figures

* Beginners: 1129
* Graduates: 903
* Federal Budget: 91.8 Mio EUR
* Income from Contractual Work: 24.9 Mio EUR
* Floor Space (m²): 170.000
* Permanet Staff: 1648
* Academic Staff: 985 (101 professors)

Data as of: 2003/2004

Famous scientists

* Otto Nußbaumer, broadcast pioneer
* Ferdinand Wittenbauer, mechanics and dramatist
* Nikola Tesla, famous inventor and electrical engineer
* Richard Zsigmondy, chemist (nobel prize 1926)
* Karl von Terzaghi, civil engineer and founder of soil mechanics
* Hans List, technical scientist and inventor, entepreneur
* Vincent Rijmen, one of the designers of AES
* Dr. Ing Ahmad Malayei Mechanical engineering, Project Manager of ÚNIDO Montreal Protocol Branch

Spin-offs und Start-ups

Most start-ups are created by TU Graz alumni who graduate and become entrepreneurs. There are also companies that have been spun-out of the University by faculty and students, based on technology created at TU Graz; with the exeption of non-profit research spin-offs these companies need licenses through the University since implementation of the 2002 University Act in 2004 .
* [ Start-up and Spin-off map] Forschungsholding TU Graz GmbH manages shares of spin-offs and is responsible for out-licensing:
* [ Forschungsholding TU Graz GmbH]

External links

* [ Graz University of Technology]
* [ TUGonline (White pages, etc.)]
* [ Alumni Union of TU Graz]
* [ Library of TU Graz]
* [ Technology Exploitation Office of TU Graz]
* [ Study in Austria: A Guide]

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