technical University of Vienna

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technical University of Vienna
motto Technology for people
founding 1815
Sponsorship state
place Vienna , Austria
Rector Sabine Seidler
Students 25,918 (summer semester 2019)
Employee 5,074 thereof 3,830 research assistants (December 31, 2018)
including professors 165
Annual budget EUR 237.24 million (2019)
Networks TIME , CESAER
Main building on Karlsplatz
The institute building "Freihaus"
(moved into in the 1980s)

The Technical University of Vienna (TU Wien) is Austria's largest scientific and technical research and educational institution and, together with TU Graz and MU Leoben, forms the Austrian Universities of Technology (TU Austria) association with more than 42,000 students, 460 million euros in total assets and 8,800 Employees.


Today's Technical University was founded in 1815 as the Imperial and Royal Polytechnic Institute by Emperor Franz I of Austria with the aim of training engineers for the military, as well as mining and civil engineers. The first director was Johann Joseph von Prechtl . The kk polytechnic institute was officially opened on November 6, 1815, and lectures began on the following day. 47 students were taught by 3 of the planned 8 professors. The foundation stone for the building on Karlsplatz was laid on October 14, 1816. In autumn 1818 the institute was able to move into the new building designed by Joseph Schemerl von Leythenbach . In 1872 the polytechnic institute was converted into the "Technical University". In 1901 the university was granted the right to award doctorates . From 1919 women were allowed to enroll. In 1975 the Technical University was renamed Technical University .

From the mid-1970s, the institute building "Freihaus" was built on the former Freihaus grounds (Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8-10) according to plans by the architects Alexander Marchart and Roland Moebius . The topping-out took place in 1979, but the reference was postponed because “post-planning” and official requirements caused extensive changes. Subsequently, the library building of the Vienna University of Technology (Wiedner Hauptstrasse 6) , located immediately to the north, was built according to plans by the architects Justus Dahinden , Reinhard Gieselmann , Alexander Marchart and Roland Moebius and opened in 1987.

With the entry into force of the Universities Act 2002 (UG 2002), the Vienna University of Technology acquired full legal capacity. Since then, it has been headed by a rector and four vice-rectors together with the newly created university council. The university's statutes and the nomination for the rector are drawn up by the senate.


The Vienna University of Technology is divided into eight faculties and numerous service facilities.

  • Faculty of Architecture and Planning
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Faculty of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Geoinformation
  • Faculty of Physics
  • Faculty of Technical Chemistry

Until the end of 2003, the faculties for computer science, mathematics and geoinformation, physics and technical chemistry were combined in the technical and natural sciences faculty (TNF) - from 2001 to 2003 as the faculty for technical natural sciences and computer science (TNI).


The domed hall has been used for events and as a lecture hall since the renovation in 2009

The range of courses comprises 53 courses (18 Bachelor, 31 Master, one teaching and three doctoral programs). Since the winter semester of 2006, all courses, with the exception of the remaining teacher training course, have been offered in the Bachelor-Master system in accordance with the Bologna architecture that is valid throughout Europe . In April 2012 it was decided to cancel four of the five teacher training courses offered from the 2012/13 winter semester.

In addition, the Vienna University of Technology offers a number of advanced training courses:

  • MBA programs: General Management MBA (FIBAA accreditation); Professional MBA Automotive Industry (FIBAA accreditation); Professional MBA Entrepreneurship & Innovation (FIBAA accreditation); Professional MBA Facility Management (FIBAA & CEPI accreditation);
  • MSc Programs: Economics; Engineering management; Environmental Technology & International Affairs; Real estate management & valuation (RICS & CEPI accreditation); Renewable Energy Systems;
  • MEng programs: Membrane Lightweight Structures; Sustainable Building;
  • TU College: Real Estate & Property Management (CEPI accreditation); Sustainable Building; Industrial Engineering (TU-WIFI-College); Energy College (TU-WIFI College); numerous special seminars

Admission restrictions

At the Vienna University of Technology there are currently admission restrictions for computer science studies. With the 2013/14 winter semester , there should have been access regulations in the fields of architecture and spatial planning as well as computer science at the request of the then Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF). However, the minimum number of places to be offered by the ministry was too high and not aligned with real capacities. The rectorate had therefore decided not to conduct any admission procedures. The decision meant that the Vienna University of Technology continued to grant unrestricted access to all courses, but did not have unrestricted places. In 2016, admission procedures for computer science courses were introduced and the number of study places was limited to 581 per academic year.


Building complex, the so-called Freihaus , in Wiedner Hauptstrasse

Most of the Vienna University of Technology buildings are located in the city center of Vienna on Karlsplatz , in the 4th district of Vienna , in the vicinity of many important cultural monuments ( Karlskirche , Wien Museum , Musikverein , Künstlerhaus , Secession ).

At the beginning of 2006, a change of location of the Vienna University of Technology within Vienna to Aspern and an associated new building as a closed campus university was discussed. In June, however, after a detailed debate with the staff and the students, the rectorate decided to consolidate the existing location in Vienna's 4th district instead of relocating.

The four major locations are:

  • Karlsplatz : The architecture, spatial planning (future) and civil engineering institutes, as well as a large part of the administration, are housed in the historic main building .
  • Getreidemarkt : The institutes for chemistry and mechanical engineering of the TU Vienna have been located here since the First World War ; see also Genie Directorate Building . Extensive construction and renovation work has given this location a fundamentally new look in recent years. The central element of this renovation is the energy-plus office high-rise .
  • Gußhaus: In the area of ​​Gußhausstrasse and Favoritenstrasse there are institutes for electrical engineering, information technology and computer science. The most important buildings are the Old Electrotechnical Institute at Gußhausstrasse 25 and the New Electrotechnical Institute at the corner of Favoritenstrasse and Gußhausstrasse. Most of the computer science institutes are located at Favoritenstrasse 9–11.
  • Freihaus : The Freihaus location mainly houses the institutes of technical physics and technical mathematics, but also the university library .

Other locations are:

Atominstitut on Stadionallee
  • Atomic Institute
  • Science Center: A large laboratory location is currently being built at the Arsenal with special mechanical engineering laboratories and high-performance computers (Vienna Scientific Cluster).
  • Aspanggrund (hydraulic engineering laboratory, inst. For building materials theory, building physics and fire protection)
  • University Center Althanstrasse : From the winter semester 2016, the Department of Spatial Planning and all associated departments will be temporarily located in the University Center Althanstrasse for several semesters.

Cooperations, investments

In 2010, the TU Vienna, together with the Technical University of Graz and the Montan University Leoben, founded the association "TU Austria". This cooperation represents 43,000 students, a total of 440 million euros and 8,600 employees.

Personalities and alumni

Personalities and alumni

University Council

In the term of office from March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2023, the University Council is composed as follows: Veit Sorger (Chair), Sabine Herlitschka (Deputy Chair), Johanna Stachel , Barbara Oberhauser, Heribert Nacken, Christof Sommitsch, Marianne Kusejko

Awards given by the Vienna University of Technology


  • The student body (HTU) is the legal representation of the interests of the students at the TU Wien. The HTU consists of the chairmanship, 11 departments and thirteen departments ( student councils ).
  • The remains of Antonio Vivaldi (on the former Spitaller Gottesacker in front of the Kärntnertor) are still buried under the main building .
  • Since 2004, a team from the university has regularly taken part in the international IT security competition " International Capture The Flag (iCTF)".
  • Since October 1, 2015, the Rectorate has consisted of Sabine Seidler (Rector), Johannes Fröhlich (Vice Rector for Research and Innovation), Kurt Matyas (Vice Rector for Studies and Teaching), Anna Steiger (Vice Rector for Personnel and Gender), and Josef Eberhardsteiner (Vice Rector for infrastructure).
  • In 2009 , the university awarded the Holocaust denier Walter Lüftl a “golden engineering diploma” for “special scientific merits” and “outstanding professional work” (according to the statutes). After protests, the then rector Peter Skalicky declared that the faculty (meaning civil engineering) had expressly agreed. The laudator of the event on December 11, 2009 in Vienna was for the civil engineers Andreas Kolbitsch . A commission set up as a result revoked the award. Elfriede Jelinek wrote against honoring an essay in the realm of the past in which she describes, among others, under what difficulties their father, Friedrich Jelinek, could obtain a degree from this same university and attributes this to his destiny as a "half-Jew" (after Globke criteria ) back.
  • In 2011, the Vienna University of Technology was ranked among the top 100 institutions in the field of computer science by the “Microsoft Academic Search” search engine.
  • In the spring of 2012, an article in the weekly Profil announced that the Vienna University of Technology was in acute financial difficulties.
  • In 2014 the Faculty of Computer Science at the Vienna University of Technology was ranked 10th in Europe by the search engine "Microsoft Academic Search". Research performance and the number of citations are used for this ranking. In the “US NEWS” ranking, computer science was ranked third among German-speaking universities and 14th in a European comparison.
  • In 2015, the Vienna Philharmonic dedicated part of the program of their New Year's Concert to the Technical University on the occasion of the 200th anniversary on November 6, 2015
  • In June 2018 the TU Vienna started the TU Forum Mathematik ( TU ForMath - the forum mathematics at the TU Wien ) with the aim of reviving and further developing the tradition of imparting mathematical and scientific knowledge from the, which was closed at the end of 2017 .
  • In the 2018 Shanghai ranking, six Austrian universities are among the top 500. Including the Technical University (TU) Vienna, which moved up from 401–500 to 301–400.

See also

Web links

Commons : Vienna University of Technology  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. Statistics: student data per semester from the Vienna University of Technology
  3. The Vienna University of Technology in figures (accessed on April 24, 2019)
  4. Performance agreement 2019-2021 (PDF; 1.35 MB). Website of the Vienna University of Technology. (Accessed August 18, 2019)
  5. TU Austria: Facts and Figures
  6. 100 years of the right to award doctorates at the TU Vienna . Article dated April 17, 2001, accessed February 2, 2016.
  7. ^ History of the TU Wien ( Memento from May 18, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  8. Herbert.Sassik: The Freihaus reasons - the open house ; accessed on June 15, 2018
  9. Library building: key data. University Library of the Vienna University of Technology, October 1, 2009, accessed on June 15, 2018 .
  10. Faculties. Synergies through interdisciplinarity. In: June 13, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2019 .
  11. TU Wien wants to save teacher training ,
  12. Further education courses ,
  13. ^ Press release of the TU Wien from March 14, 2013
  14. - Vienna University of Technology uses admission procedure for the first time . Article dated March 31, 2016, accessed March 31, 2016.
  15. ^ Herbert Kreuzeder: For the first time entrance tests at the TU Wien - TU Wien | free home . In: Herbert Kreuzeder | Public Relations Office (Ed.): TU Wien | free home . Vienna April 21, 2016 ( [accessed October 9, 2017]).
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  17. - ( Memento from February 6, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  18. Archived copy ( Memento from October 21, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  19. - ( Memento from October 27, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  21. - ( Memento from October 27, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  23. - ( Memento from October 27, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  24. - ( Memento from October 27, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
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  32. ^ Communiqué of the Rector
  33. Elfriede Jelinek: In the realm of the past. in: "Dschungel", supplement to jungle world , No. 1, Berlin January 7, 2010, p. 12f, and on the website of the author [1] authorized reproduction. - The then rector of the TU, Peter Skalicky, described the award as follows: it "represents (t) recognition for a successful professional life". [2] In this declaration of December 2009, he promised an investigation, which may be followed by further “steps”. There was a lively discussion about the honor on the university's public discussion pages.
  34. Vienna University of Technology among the top 100 in computer science worldwide. Retrieved April 15, 2011 .
  35. ^ "Profile" of April 21, 2012
  36. Computer science at the Vienna University of Technology again on top position . APA notification dated October 31, 2014, accessed November 6, 2014.
  37. notification of the closure . Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  38. TU ForMath - the Forum mathematics at the Vienna University of Technology . Article dated June 6, 2018, accessed June 8, 2018.
  39. Vienna University of Technology starts “Forum Mathematik” . Article dated June 8, 2018, accessed June 8, 2018.
  40. Shanghai ranking: six Austrian universities in the top 500.Retrieved on August 23, 2018 .

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