Montan University Leoben

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Montanuniversität Leoben (MU Leoben, Montanuni, MUL)
founding November 4, 1840
Sponsorship state
place Leoben
country AustriaAustria Austria
Rector Wilfried Eichlseder
Students 3,702 (winter semester 2019)
Employee 1,272 (winter semester 2016)
including professors 46
Annual budget € 48.93 million (2019)
Networks AARC

The University of Leoben (Leoben, Montanuni, MUL) is a Technical University and Austria's only university for mountain - and metallurgy .

The special features of the Alma Mater Leobiensis include the interdisciplinary interwoven courses of study and the strong inner cohesion, which is also a result of its manageable size and the old Knappen traditions. The small MU Leoben, together with the Graz University of Technology and Vienna University of Technology, forms the Austrian Universities of Technology (TU Austria) association with around 42,000 students, 460 million euros in total assets and 8,800 employees.


Main building (2005)

The Montan University was founded on November 4, 1840 by Archduke Johann in Vordernberg as the "Steiermärkisch-Ständische Montanlehranstalt". One of the first teachers and first director was the mining specialist Peter Tunner . He succeeded in getting the school taken over by the state and moving it to the nearby district town of Leoben , where operations began on November 1, 1849.

In 1904, with an imperial resolution, the name was changed to “Montanistische Hochschule” and the right to award doctorates , which put it on an equal footing with technical universities. In 1934 there was an organizational merger with the Graz University of Technology , which, however, caused the number of students to collapse and was therefore canceled again in 1937. From 1955 onwards, the traditional fields of study mining and metallurgy were supplemented by further subject areas. In 1975 it was renamed "Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL)" on the basis of the University Organization Act.

The neo-baroque “old building” of the Montanuni, which is still in use today , was put into operation on October 22nd, 1910, among others in the presence of the Imperial and Royal Minister for Public Works , August Ritt (1852–1934). The more recent additions date from 1970 and were officially opened on November 4, 2009 after 15 months of renovation and renovation work. There was an urgent need for enlarged lecture halls, especially due to the strong increase in the number of first-semester students in recent years. The university sports center also got its own premises.

Research in Leoben is based on the value chain from raw materials to raw materials and materials to the finished component or system. The core areas of mining, metallurgy and materials are supplemented by cross-sectional areas such as the basic scientific subjects, environmental technology, and business and economics. Close cooperation with industrial partners is maintained.

Some examples:

  • In the core area of ​​mining (raw material extraction and processing), mining engineers from Leoben are working on the EU project TUNCONSTRUCT (41 partners from eleven countries) to make European tunneling and maintenance more efficient and economical. The focus of the Leoben scientists is the investigation of different driving methods for the stability of the cavity.
  • Scientists from the core area of ​​metallurgy developed a new apparatus for measuring the temperature of slag, with which the purity of high-quality steel used in the aviation industry could be improved. In the electroslag remelting process, this enables a reduction in energy consumption while increasing productivity at the same time.
  • Materials scientists from Leoben are researching the fundamentals of new types of thin hard material layers for tools that become harder by themselves, have a lubricating effect and can heal themselves. The aim is to develop layers that make tools almost as hard as diamonds.
  • Environmental engineers developed a process to use heavy metal residue from flue gas desulphurization in refineries as a nitrogen reducing agent in cement production. This resulted in a cooperation between two branches of industry that brings both ecological and economic benefits.

In its research activities, the university endeavors to maintain and expand worldwide contact with the scientific community. This is also reinforced by the two competence centers, Materials Center Leoben and Polymer Competence Center Leoben , located at the Montanuni Leoben , in which it is involved.

In September 2017 it was announced that a study center would be built between 2019 and 2021 for around 31 million euros. Among other things, three large lecture halls for 450, 300 and 200 listeners, as well as learning and project zones, are to be built on an area of ​​10,000 m².

On September 19, 2019, a stumbling block for the former Jewish student David Spiess was laid in front of the main building, Franz-Josef-Straße 18.


Campus life in Leoben

Many of the courses offered in Austria can only be taken in Leoben. The Applied Geosciences course of study is also available under different names in Graz ( NAWI Graz ), Boku Vienna , University of Innsbruck and University of Salzburg . Materials science , as materials science, is now only taught as a master's degree at the Vienna University of Technology . Another exception is the plastics technology course , which has also been offered at the University of Linz since the 2009/10 winter semester .

The first year of study, in which the basics of science and technology are taught, is the same for everyone - as the introductory and orientation phase (STEOP) , so that you can easily change your field of study at the end of the first year. This common phase distinguishes the study in Leoben from that at other universities. The courses are generally divided into three sections and have been converted to the Bachelor-Master system since the 2011/12 winter semester :

  1. In the first part of the course (4 semesters) the basic subjects are deepened.
  2. The second section (3 semesters) applies to the basic training in the respective field of study and offers the Bachelor (BSc) with 210 ECTS points after the 7th semester . This does not correspond to Section 54 (3) of the UG 2002 , according to which the Bachelor's degree lasts 6 semesters (or 180 CP) and is an exception in Austria.
  3. In the third section, the master’s degree, the scientific in-depth study is carried out with the final completion of the diploma thesis (MSc or Dipl.-Ing. Or DI with 90 or 120 ECTS, i.e. 3 or 4 semesters standard course duration ).

This is followed by a doctoral degree (180 ECTS, 6 semesters), which, regardless of the field of study, leads to the academic degree Doctor rerum montanarum , abbreviated as Dr. mont., concludes.

The MU Leoben currently offers the following bachelor's degrees with various options:

With the exception of raw materials engineering , all of these studies can be continued in a master’s degree. The following master’s courses are also possible:

In addition to the range of courses listed, there are 14 further education mining and business university courses, which usually last 2 to 4 semesters, require around 30 to 90 ECTS and sometimes end with an MBA or MEng :

Advanced Drilling Engineering, International Mining Engineer, Corrosion Expert, MBA Generic Management, Sustainability Management , NATM Engineering (New Austrian Tunneling Method Engineering) , NATM master of engineering, product development, quality management , quality assurance in the chemical laboratory, recycling , resource management and utilization technology, raw material processing, Sprengtechnik .


Seal of the Alma Mater Leobiensis

The Montanuni is divided into various departments, chairs and institutes.


Electrical engineering , mechanics , physics and structural and Functional ceramics .

Departments and chairs


State examination certificate for the mining industry according to the k. and k. Bergakademie zu Leoben
Disciplinary Code for the Listeners, 1895
  • In the renowned " Times Higher Education " ranking for 2019, the Montanuniversität Leoben is in the 601–800 group worldwide. Further technical universities from Austria are in the ranking the Vienna University of Technology (ranking group 251–300) and the Technical University of Graz (ranking group 401–500). In the “ QS World University Rankings ” for 2020, the Montanuniversität Leoben is not listed among the best 1,000 universities in the world. Vienna University of Technology is in 192nd place, Graz University of Technology in 311th place. In the 2019 NTU ranking, which is based purely on bibliometric key figures from a university's publications, MU Leoben is globally in the "Engineering" department in the ranking group 401–500 and thus only just behind TU Graz (ranking group 351–400). The Vienna University of Technology ranks 245 in this ranking. In the " Shanghai Ranking " of 2018, the MU Leoben is not listed among the best 1,000 universities in the world, but in the subject-related ranking of 2019 in the field of "Metallurgical Engineering" it takes 15th place. In the "Mining & Mineral Engineering" area, the MU Leoben is at 51-75.
  • Rektor-Platzer-Ring: On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Montan University Leoben (then “Montanistische Hochschule”) in 1965, a gold ring of honor, called the Rektor-Platzer Ring , was donated for the first time . Since then, this ring of honor has been given to those graduate engineers who have completed their studies (Bachelor and Master’s degree) with excellent performance. The requirements for this exceed the requirements of the legally stipulated "award". The Rektor-Platzer-Ring thus represents the highest distinction that the Montanuniversität Leoben bestows on its graduates of the master’s degree programs in the context of academic celebrations.
  • In 2017, the Montanuniversität Leoben took third place in a worldwide ranking in a study carried out on behalf of “CEOWORLD” magazine “World's best Universities for Oil, Gas and Petroleum Engineering”.
  • In March 2007, the then Vice-Rector Hubert Biedermann came under fire when it became known that he had taken over some parts of the textbook of another university professor in his habilitation without showing them as quotations. The head of the university council, Hannes Androsch , located "a warmed up soup, apparently an intrigue".


The Corps Tauriscia (1862–1866) played a key role in the development of the liaison system .

See also

Well-known alumni

Lists of notables


  • Peter Tunner (Red.): The Styrian-class montanistic educational institute in Vordernberg, its inner striving and work and the support from outside directed towards it. A yearbook for the inner Austrian miner and hut man . I was born in 1841. Andreas Leykam'sche Erben, Graetz (Graz) 1842, ZDB -ID 512263-6 . - Full text online .

See also

Web links

Commons : Montanuniversität Leoben  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. Student statistics Statistics on students, courses and degrees
  3. Staff at universities - heads: data reports from universities based on BidokVUni
  4. Announcement of the performance agreement between the Montanuniversität Leoben and the federal government for the years 2019 - 2021 (PDF; 4.17 MB). Website of the Montan University Leoben. (Accessed August 18, 2020)
  5. ^ Members of AARC. In: Rector's Conference of the Universities of the Alpes Adriatic Region, accessed on September 11, 2019 .
  6. ,
  7. ^ TU Austria
  8. Natural Science Association for Styria, Volume 134, Page 13, Graz 2005 (PDF; 367 kB)
  9. ^ The opening of the mining university in Leoben. In:  Neue Freie Presse , Abendblatt, No. 16583/1910, October 22, 1910, p. 4 middle. (Online at ANNO ). Template: ANNO / Maintenance / nfp.
  10. New lecture hall building opened
  11. Annual reports as PDF download
  12. Montanuniversität Leoben, Annual Report 2009, p. 16f
  13. Kleine Zeitung: 31 million for study center at Montanuni . Article dated September 29, 2017, accessed September 30, 2017.
  14. Astrid Höbenreich-Mitteregger: Stumbling stone laying in Leoben: "If she were here today, she would be very happy", September 19, 2019, accessed September 23, 2019. - With a series of images.
  15. ^ TU Wien - Materials Science
  16. Doctoral program curriculum ( Memento from September 21, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), Ed .: O.Univ.Prof. Dr. Peter Kirschenhofer
  17. a b Universities Universities - Study & Career . 2008, p. 558.
  18. Industrial energy technology
  19. ↑ Fields of study: Bachelor, Master, doctorate, university course
  20. ^ WP: en-Drilling Engineering
  21. ^ WP: en-Mining Engineer
  22. MBA Generic Management
  23. NATM course since 2009 together with TU Graz
  24. ^ The departments, chairs and institutes at the MUL
  25. Chair for Energy Network Technology since September 2014
  26. ^ Montanuniversität Leoben »WBW. In: Retrieved March 18, 2016 .
  27. ^ Montanuniversität Leoben »Chair for Industrial Logistics. In: Retrieved March 18, 2016 .
  28. Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2019 , accessed July 23, 2019.
  29. QS World University Rankings 2020 , accessed on July 23, 2019.
  30. NTU Ranking 2019 , accessed on July 23, 2019.
  31. Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 , accessed July 24, 2019
  32. Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 - Metallurgical Engineering , accessed July 24, 2019.
  33. Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 - Mining & Mineral Engineering , accessed July 24, 2019.
  34. Archived copy ( Memento of May 8, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  35. Archived copy ( Memento from March 12, 2017 in the Internet Archive )
  36. Montanuni: 3rd place in the world rankings . Article dated September 1, 2017, accessed September 1, 2017.
  37. World's Best Universities For Oil, Gas, And Petroleum Engineering In 2017 | CEOWORLD magazine . Article dated July 20, 2017, accessed September 1, 2017.
  38. ^ ORF Styria: Plagiarism allegation against Leoben vice rector . Retrieved April 11, 2007.
  39. Der Standard Der Standard: Plagiarism: Montan-Uni wants to stick to the Vice Rector . Retrieved May 29, 2007.
  40. Tauriscia (VfcG)
  41. PDF of the Institute for Chemistry

Coordinates: 47 ° 23 '8 "  N , 15 ° 5' 35"  E