Graz University of Technology

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Graz University of Technology,
Archduke Johann University
motto Knowledge technology passion
founding 1811 (as a technical college)
Sponsorship state
place Graz
country AustriaAustria Austria
Rector Harald Kainz
Students 16,372 (winter semester 2019/20)
• of which women: 29.88% proportion of
foreigners: 22.61%
Employee 3629 (December 31, 2019)
• of which scientific staff: 1762
• of which lecturers / study assistants: 830
• of which non-scientific Personnel: 1 039
Annual budget 244.1 million euros
• thereof public funds: 164.9 million euros (federal budget 2019)
• thereof third-party funds: 79.2 million euros (2019)
Networks AARC , AIT

The Technical University of Graz ( Erzherzog-Johann-Universität Graz ), founded by Archduke Johann in 1811 , is one of five universities in Styria . Its seven faculties offer 18  bachelor's and 33  master's programs (16 of which are in English ) in technical and natural science disciplines. The doctoral education is organized in 14 English-speaking doctoral schools. The natural science studies are offered jointly with the Karl Franzens University as part of the NAWI program .

There are around 1900 graduates each year. Graz University of Technology has over 3,500 employees and around 16,400 students. The research areas are bundled in five "Fields of Expertise". In Austria, TU Graz is one of the universities with the highest third-party funding. Graz University of Technology is the most strongly represented university in Austria in the COMET competence center program of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency . The university information system CAMPUSonline developed at TU Graz is used at the majority of Austrian universities and other well-known universities in German-speaking countries. In international student competitions, TU Graz student teams achieve great success in a wide variety of disciplines.

The Graz University of Technology together with the small Leoben and the Vienna University of Technology Verbund Austrian Universities of Technology (TU Austria) with a total of approximately 45,000 students in the academic year 2018/2019.


On November 26, 1811, Archduke Johann presented the deed of donation of his personal scientific collection to the Joanneum founded for this purpose . Friedrich Mohs , whom the Archduke entrusted with the establishment of his mineral collection in 1811, was appointed the first professor of mineralogy in 1812 . In the beginning, physics , chemistry , astronomy , mineralogy, botany and technology were taught at the Joanneum . Zoology followed in 1818 . Classes at the Joanneum were attended by both students from the existing lyceum and, from 1828, students from the Karl-Franzens University .

Over time, the lessons have been expanded to include technical subjects. Lectureships for technical-practical mathematics , practical geometry , mechanics as well as mining and metallurgy were created. The latter was later outsourced to the Steiermärkisch-Ständische Montanlehranstalt in Vordernberg , from which the kuk Bergakademie in Leoben emerged in 1849 and subsequently the Montanuniversität Leoben .

Archduke Johann was in charge of the Joanneum until his death in 1859. In 1861, 21 subjects were already being taught. In addition to those listed above, there were also chairs for civil engineering, for agriculture and forestry, as well as for physics and descriptive geometry.

Main building - old technology

In 1864, the Technical College was renamed the Styrian Landscape Technical University at the Joanneum in Graz by resolution of the Styrian Landtag . The change came into force after the imperial approval in the academic year 1865/66. In addition to two general preparatory classes, it comprised four technical schools: engineering , mechanical engineering , chemical technology, and agriculture and forestry . In 1869 a new department for mechanical technology was added. The students were required to adhere to a certain course, and advancement to a higher year was dependent on successful academic success.

The college of professors drafted a new statute in 1871/1872, which closed the courses and which was written according to the principle of freedom of teaching and learning. In order to be accepted as a decent listener, the candidates now had to prove that they had passed the final examination. Committed to the principle of freedom of learning, each listener could choose which courses he attended, but the technical schools set up curricula and recommended that the listeners comply with them.

At that time, the Graz University of Technology was the only one in the south of the monarchy. It is therefore not surprising that only a third of the listeners came from Styria. The rest came from other crown lands or from abroad.

After the state wanted to control the universities directly at the beginning of the seventies of the 19th century, the university was taken over by the state as the Imperial-Royal Technical University in Graz in 1874 . Naturally, this also went hand in hand with a restructuring. The agriculture and forestry department was closed. Its tasks were to be taken over by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences , founded in 1872 and located in Vienna. In the course of the changes, large holdings of the Joanneum were transferred to the newly founded library of the Technical University.

In 1878 the first and second state exams were introduced. While the first state examination was the same for all fields of study, the second demonstrated training in one of the three fields of civil engineering, mechanical engineering and technical chemistry. In addition to the state examinations, there was also the more comprehensive diploma examination. The state examination, once only intended as proof of employability in the civil service, later entitles the holder to use the status of engineer and, from 1938 , a qualified engineer. The latter did not become an academic degree until 1969.

New technic

With the takeover, the state had also committed to a new building for the university, which had been housed in the Joanneum up until then. However, it was not until 1884 that the groundbreaking ceremony for the building known today as Alte Technik was laid on November 26th . It was 1888 in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph I opened. By the beginning of the academic year 1888/1889, the chemical institute, which was located south of the main building, could also be opened. (It remained in use until 1961, when it was demolished.)

In 1901 the university received the right to award doctorates .

In the meantime, lectureships for electrical engineering had already been set up at all universities in the monarchy . In 1917 this was finally made up for in Graz. The old technology was now too small and at the end of the First World War another new building was started. This was completed in 1935, whereupon the institutes for mechanical engineering and electrical engineering moved in.

In 1934, the Graz University of Technology and the Leoben University of Mining and Mining merged to form the Graz-Leoben University of Technology and Mining as a result of the Austro-fascist takeover . This was reversed in 1937.

In 1955 the university is divided into three faculties. The planning of a new building on the site of the Schörgelhof begins.

In the 1960s, the first buildings were built on Inffeldgasse. This became the university's third location.

Study Center - Inffeldgasse 10

In 1969 study commissions with third parity were set up. In 1975 the Graz University of Technology was renamed Graz University of Technology ; a year later, the Senate decided on the nickname Archduke Johann University . The name giver is the founder of the "Technische Lehranstalt Joanneum" Archduke Johann.

In 1996 the implementation of UOG 93 was fully completed. The University Act of 2002 largely repealed the Curia University . Since then, the representatives of the professors have had a majority in all relevant bodies.

Harald Kainz has been Rector since October 1, 2011, succeeding Hans Sünkel .


NAWI Graz is a cooperation project with the aim of merging the natural science faculties of the Karl-Franzens-University Graz and the Technical University Graz into a "twin faculty ". Since the 2006/2007 winter semester, NAWI Graz has offered a number of joint bachelor's and master's degrees, currently six in the bachelor's and 15 in the master's degree. Elaborate research infrastructure is operated jointly in the form of NAWI Graz Central Labs and Core Facilities.


According to the 2002 University Act (UG 2002), the Graz University of Technology is divided into seven faculties :

It is also home to two independent research institutes:

The university is a member of the Alliance of Sustainable Universities , which was founded in 2012 with the aim of promoting sustainability at universities.


The building complexes mainly focus on three central locations within the city of Graz:

Old technology

(Rechbauerstraße / Technikerstraße / Lessingstraße)

  • Institute for Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • Central Library

New technic

(Kopernikusgasse / Petersgasse / Stremayrgasse)

  • Institutes for mathematics, mechanics, physics, chemistry, biomedicine, geodesy, economics
  • SciencePark ( start-ups and spin-offs )
  • Cafeteria in Stremayrgasse



Bachelor courses

German-language master’s courses

English-language master’s courses

PhD courses

  • Doctoral studies in technical sciences
  • Doctoral studies in natural sciences

Teacher training courses - secondary general education

University courses

Personalities and alumni

Associations and associations

WINGnet Graz

WINGnet Graz - Association for the Promotion of Students in Technical and Economic Studies is a team of students under the patronage of the Austrian Association of Industrial Engineers WING . The common goal is to promote and improve the image of industrial engineers. WINGnet Graz also represents the European network of industrial engineering students ESTIEM at the Graz University of Technology .

Drawing rooms

In some fields of study, students have organized themselves in so-called “drawing rooms”, where they can learn, construct and practice together and with the help of specialist colleagues. These rooms are made available by the respective faculty and if possible supported financially; However, there are also some drawing rooms in close cooperation with institutes, which then use the resources there.

The operation of the EDP equipment is carried out by the students themselves; Graz University of Technology provides the infrastructure (electricity, heating, network, telephone, toilet, 24-hour access, some furniture). Hardware and software have to be taught by the students themselves. Access to the drawing room takes place internally in consultation with the respective members of the drawing room.


The IAESTE at TU Graz is a voluntary student association which organizes internships abroad and international student exchanges. With TECONOMY Graz , IAESTE Graz and the Graz University of Technology organize one of the largest student career fairs in Austria every year on the Alte Technik campus. This has around 4000 visitors and 90 exhibiting companies every year.

Foundation garage

The Gründungsgarage as an "Academic Startup Accelerator" accompanies students with start-up ideas for one semester as part of a course. The aim is to further develop the business models and enable a real start-up. Students from all fields of study are supported by experienced mentors on the job. From the start in 2013 to 2020, more than 90 teams were accompanied in the start-up garage, with over 35 companies founded, which have created around 130 jobs. Well-known startups that emerged from the founding garage include Venuzle, a platform for sports fields, Timeular, a time recording cube or Studo, an app for organizing university studies.

Student competitions


In 2015, TU Graz, in cooperation with the University of Manchester, was the first team in Austria to take part in the iGEM competition for synthetic biology . Students from the fields of biotechnology , chemistry and medical technology dealt with the establishment of new biological systems with the help of the BioBrick standard. Since 2016, students from Graz University of Technology and the University of Graz have been successfully participating in the annual competitions in the iGEM NAWI Graz team. The 2019 team was awarded two individual prizes in the gold category for “Beeosensor” in the fight against beehive infestation .


Two robotics competition teams are currently active at TU Graz .

The TU Graz Field Robotics Team TEDUSAR became world champion in the Autonomous Exploration League of the Rescue Robot League at the RoboCup in 2016 . In 2018 it was involved in the AMADEE-18 Mars simulation of the Austrian Space Forum in the Oman desert . In 2019 TEDUSAR took part in the European Robotics Hackathon - Enrich 2019.

The TU Graz Robocup Team GRIPS took 2nd place in the Logistics League at the RoboCup World Cup 2019 in Sydney and achieved top placements in the years before. The RoboCup 2009 was held by Graz University of Technology. Former Robocup teams at TU Graz were "Mostly Harmless" (Middle-Size League, 2005 quarter-finals of the German Open), "Austrian Cubes" as a cooperation between the FH Technikum Wien and TU Graz (Small-Size League), "KickOffTUG" ( Simulation League) and the team "ZaDeAt", a cooperation between the University of Cape Town , RWTH Aachen University and TU Graz (Standard Platform League).

Formula Student

Graz University of Technology is also active in Formula Student Germany and other Formula SAE competitions. The TU Graz Racing Team team consists mainly of students of electrical engineering, telematics, technical mathematics, computer science and mechanical engineering. Internationally, the TU Graz Racing Team is always among the top 10 positions worldwide in the Combustion Engine category .

Formula Student Electric

Graz University of Technology is also represented in the first Formula Student Electric 2010 competitions. The TU Graz E-Power Racing Team took part in 2010 with a vehicle based on the TANKIA 2009 that bears the name “MaxWheel”. In Germany, the excellent third place in the FSE class was achieved. The TU Graz e-Power Racing Team was the first team in the world to successfully complete an FSE endurance competition. In addition, the team in Silverstone / England received the Teamwork Award.

Shell Eco-Marathon

The Eco Racing Austria TERA TU Graz team develops and builds energy-efficient electric vehicles. The Shell Eco-Marathon , in which TERA TU Graz has been participating since 2010 with the low-energy vehicle “Fennek”, serves as the competition platform. In 2011 and 2014 TERA TU Graz became world champion in the Prototype Battery Electric category. In 2019 it was ranked 9th.

TU Graz satellites

Students from Graz University of Technology were significantly involved in the construction of the first Austrian nanosatellite TUGSAT-1, which was launched into space in 2013 as part of the BRITE -Austria mission . Further satellite projects with the participation of TU Graz students are the ESA projects OPS-SAT and PRETTY.

Capture the flag

A team of students from Graz University of Technology has been taking part in international IT security competitions ( CTF ) on a regular basis since 2014 .


The Graz BCI Racing Team Mirage 91 is developing a brain-computer interface with which physically impaired people control an avatar in a race on the PC using only the power of their thoughts . At the Cybathlon 2019 in Graz, Mirage 91 took 2nd place.

Equity investments, spin-offs and start-ups

As of December 31, 2019, Graz University of Technology held 18 investments, 11 of which are sponsoring companies of a research program as part of the COMET competence center program. Including:

Numerous company foundations have emerged from Graz University of Technology.

TU Graz SciencePark offers technical hardware startups access to the entire infrastructure of the university, office space and grants.

Partner universities

Graz University of Technology maintains strategic partnerships with seven excellent international universities, which enable close networking at all levels of the universities.

The following universities are partner universities of TU Graz:

Areas of cooperation are in particular

  • the exchange of lecturers, employees and students,
  • the promotion of joint courses of study, summer schools and courses,
  • the organization of joint meetings, conferences and workshops
  • as well as research cooperation in the core competencies.

See also


  • Georg Goeth : The Joanneum in Gratz, presented historically to commemorate its founding 50 years ago . A. Leykam's Erben, Graz 1861, especially Chapter VII. Educational institution and library and VIII. Education. , S. 110–281 ( Google eBook, full view ).
  • Dieter A. Binder: The Joanneum in Graz, educational establishment and educational establishment. A contribution to the development of technical and scientific teaching in the 19th century . Academic printing and Verlags-Anstalt, Graz 1983. ISBN 3-201-01223-8 (= publications from the archive of the University of Graz . Volume 12)
  • Josef W. Wohinz (Ed.): The technology in Graz. Verlag Styria , Graz / Vienna 2002, ISBN 3-222-12980-0 .
  • Association of Former Graz Technicians: Festschrift for the Joanneum centenary. Self-published, Graz 1911.

Web links

Commons : Graz University of Technology  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rectorate of TU Graz - Rector Harald Kainz. In: Retrieved September 12, 2019 .
  2. Student statistics: statistics on students, degrees and degrees. Retrieved March 10, 2020 .
  3. Info card academic year 2019/20. Retrieved June 15, 2020 .
  4. ^ Members of AARC. In: Rector's Conference of the Universities of the Alpes Adriatic Region, accessed on September 10, 2019 .
  5. students. In: Retrieved November 28, 2019 .
  6. ^ Vice Rector Kainz succeeds Sünkel as Rector. In: April 11, 2011, accessed September 11, 2017 .
  7. NAWI Graz. Retrieved June 15, 2020 .
  8. Campus map. In: Accessed July 31, 2019 .
  9. Silicon Alps location Austria. In: Retrieved February 6, 2020 .
  10. About SAL locations. In: Retrieved March 17, 2020 .
  11. TECONOMY Graz. Retrieved July 7, 2020 .
  12. Markus Zottler: Five Years of the Gründungsgarage - The way from the lecture hall to the world market. In: . May 7, 2018, accessed February 10, 2020 .
  13. Foundation garage . In: Retrieved February 10, 2020 .
  14. Foundation garage . In: Retrieved February 10, 2020 .
  15. Sara Grasel: Adidas heirs are investing fresh capital in the Graz startup Venuzle. In: August 2, 2018, accessed April 1, 2020 .
  16. Valentin Dornis: A die against time wasters. Retrieved April 1, 2020 .
  17. From the wrong floor to the app for students - Accessed April 1, 2020 (Austrian German).
  18. Manchester-Graz: the first inter-European iGEM team. In: Retrieved September 11, 2017 .
  19. iGEM ​​NAWI Graz. In: Retrieved February 5, 2020 .
  20. 2019 RESULTS. In: Retrieved February 5, 2020 .
  21. "Beeosensor" is supposed to save beehives. In: Retrieved February 5, 2020 .
  22. AMADEE-18 brought important insights for future Mars exploration. In: Retrieved February 5, 2020 .
  23. Welcome to ENRICH 2019 The European Robotics Hackathon. In: Retrieved February 5, 2020 .
  24. RoboCup 2019 - Major Winners. In: Retrieved February 5, 2020 .
  25. ^ TU Graz Racing Team. Retrieved September 11, 2017 .
  26. Eco-marathon: TU Graz presents eco-runabouts. In: Retrieved February 5, 2020 .
  27. ↑ The race for energy efficiency. In: Retrieved February 5, 2020 .
  28. Shell Eco-Marathon 2019: Graz team makes it into the top 10. In: Retrieved February 5, 2020 .
  29. OPS-SAT. In: Retrieved February 5, 2020 .
  30. / LosFuzzys. Retrieved May 11, 2017 .
  31. BCI Series in Graz 2019. In: Retrieved February 5, 2020 .
  32. Knowledge balance sheet 2019 (PDF; 6.1 MB) In: April 13, 2020, p. 176 , accessed July 20, 2020 .
  33. Start-ups and spin-offs related to TU Graz - founding years from 1950. In: . Retrieved June 15, 2020.

Coordinates: 47 ° 4 ′ 8 ″  N , 15 ° 27 ′ 0 ″  E