University of Innsbruck

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University of Innsbruck
founding October 15, 1669
Sponsorship state
place Innsbruck , Tyrol , Austria
Rector Tilmann Märk
Students 27,095 (as of May 2020)
  • Share of women: 52.7%
  • Proportion of men: 47.3%
  • Proportion of foreigners: 44%
Employee 5,101, including 3,580 research assistants (as of May 2020)
including professors 269, of which 69 women (as of May 2020)
Annual budget 308.4 million euros (as of May 2020)

- Global budget: 249.9 million euros
- Third-party funding: 58.5 million euros

Main building of the University of Innsbruck

The Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck ( LFU or LFUI for short , Latin Universitas Leopoldino-Franciscea Oenipontana ), founded in 1669, is the largest educational and research institution in western Austria and the most important university in Austria after Vienna . It is considered the state university of the Austrian federal states of Tyrol and Vorarlberg . Historically, she also performed this function for South Tyrol , Welschtirol (Trentino), Liechtenstein and Luxembourg , but this is no longer the case today due to the establishment of their own universities in these countries. Measured by the number of students, it is Tyrol's largest educational institution before Trento and Bolzano .


In 1562 the Jesuits built a grammar school in Innsbruck . Financed by a special tax on the Haller Salz, a full university with four faculties was founded on October 15, 1669 by Emperor Leopold I , including the law faculty in 1671/72 and the medical faculty in 1674/75. On November 29, 1781 Joseph II. Back to a lyceum reduced, took place in 1826, the restoration of the University of Innsbruck by Emperor Francis I . In honor of both founding fathers, the University of Innsbruck is called Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck .

At the time of National Socialism it was established in March 1941 by then-rector Raymond of Klebelsberg in German Alps University renamed. As in all universities, there were “cleanups”. Opponents of the National Socialists were disempowered and excluded from scientific operations. In 1945 it was reopened under the name of Innsbruck University after the end of World War II .

The second half of the 20th century brought further expansion steps at the university: in 1969 the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture and in 1976 the Faculty of Humanities and Social and Economic Sciences, which emerged from the law and political sciences. The Faculty of Medicine was spun off in 2004 and the School of Education was founded in 2012 , which was renamed the Faculty of Teacher Education in 2018.

University Library (2006)
50 Schilling silver coin for the 300 year anniversary (1970)

Position in Austria and Europe

Since 2011, the University of Innsbruck has been ranked in the Times Higher Education Rankings as the second best university in Austria after Vienna in places 201–225 (not broken down further). In the partial evaluation "International Outlook" published since 2013 to record the most internationally oriented universities in the world, the University of Innsbruck ranks seventh worldwide. The evaluation is based on an assessment system in which research, teaching and the international reputation of the universities are assessed in particular. The evaluation of the international visibility of the research results is particularly positive. In the QS World University Rankings (QS Ranking) it is regularly in the ranks between 260 and 280. In the Shanghai ranking , it ranks as the second best Austrian university in the ranks between 201 and 300. The Handelsblatt Ranking 2015 includes the business administration faculty the 15 best business administration faculties in German-speaking countries.

The university ranking U-Multirank , initiated by the EU , does not create any rankings, but makes the universities comparable using 34 different indicators. Here the University of Innsbruck is one of the Austrian universities with the highest grades. In the Leiden ranking, which is based on bibliometric data, the Leopold-Franzens-University does particularly well in the "Collaboration indicators". Measured by the number of publications that were written with foreign partners, the University of Innsbruck will be ranked 12th worldwide in 2020 and shows the high level of international networking.

The University of Innsbruck has been a member of the Aurora research network since 2019 and cooperates with various universities from Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. As part of the "Africa-UniNet" research network, research projects are carried out with the most research-intensive African universities. Furthermore, the University of Innsbruck is one of several European universities and research institutions that cooperate with the IBM quantum computer network.



The originally six faculties were divided into 15 faculties in 2004. In 2012 the School of Education was established as the 16th faculty; this step served as the basis for the further expansion of teacher training.

As part of the implementation of the University Act 2002 , the former medical faculty was spun off as Innsbruck Medical University in 2004 . Since then, the University of Innsbruck is no longer a full university in the traditional sense. Since this separation came about against the will of the faculty, the reintegration is discussed again and again.

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


Building of the SoWi Faculty in front of the Nordkette
The botanical garden in the district of Hötting
Campus technology

The buildings of the University of Innsbruck are spread over the city area, so it is not a “ campus university”.

  • Campus Innrain : The main building, opened in 1924, is the seat of the rectorate and the law faculty. The adjacent new building opened in 1981 with the Geiwi Tower , the Bruno Sander House and the Josef Möller House houses institutes of the humanities, natural sciences and law. The main location of the university library is also located here .
  • Campus Universitätsstraße: The former Jesuit grammar school and the adjoining building next to the Jesuit Church, which has been used as a university since 1766, are now used by the Catholic Theological Faculty. Opposite, the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences opened in 1997 on the site of the former Fenner barracks.
  • Campus Technology: A large building complex was built in 1969 in the Hötting West district , which today houses numerous scientific institutes as well as architecture, technology and IT.
  • Campus Sports: At Innsbruck Airport , the Sport Institute and the University Sports Center are housed.
  • Center for Chemistry and Biomedicine: In 2012 the building shared by the Innsbruck universities was opened on the Innrain. It houses chemical, pharmaceutical and biomedical facilities of the two Innsbruck universities.
  • Center for Ancient Cultures: The archaeological and ancient studies institutes have been housed in the atrium on Langen Weg since 2008. There is also the specialist library and part of the Innsbruck Archaeological Museum.
  • Botany: The Institute of Botany and parts of the Institute of Ecology are located at the University's Botanical Garden in the Hötting district. The old university observatory built in 1904 is also located there .
  • Musicology: The Institute for Musicology has been based at the Haus der Musik Innsbruck since 2018 .
  • Numerous other facilities are spread across the city. Branch offices are the Research Institute for Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics in Dornbirn , Vorarlberg and the Research Institute for Limnology in Mondsee , Upper Austria, which was taken over by the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2012 . Further teaching and research facilities are spread across Tyrol, for example the university center in Obergurgl .

University management

The University of Innsbruck is a public corporation with the right of self-administration. The university is run by a rectorate. He is supported by the University Council and the Senate.


University Council

  • Werner Ritter (Chairman)
  • Henrietta Egerth-Stadlhuber (Deputy Chair)
  • Luise Müller
  • Johannes Ortner
  • Anton Pelinka
  • Carina Schiestl-Swarovski
  • Karin Treichl

Senate: The Senate consists of 26 people: 13 representatives belong to the curia of university professors, 6 to the curia of university lecturers and academic staff in research and teaching, one mandate represents general university staff , and six students represent the student body. Senate chairman was Christian Smekal from 2003 to 2005 and Ivo Hajnal from 2005 to 2019 . In October 2019, Walter Obwexer was elected to succeed Ivo Hajnal as Chairman of the Senate for the term of office until September 2022, Walter-Michael Grömmer remained his deputy .


The University of Innsbruck offers 41 bachelor programs including teacher training programs, 56 master’s programs, 4 diploma programs and 27 PhD / doctoral programs (as of the 2015/16 academic year) in the fields of architecture, humanities, natural sciences, law, social and economic sciences as well as theology and technical sciences.

Special admission regulations apply before general admission to the Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Biology, Computer Science, Pharmacy, Psychology, Economics, Teacher Training, the Diploma in International Economics and the Master's in Psychology.


Nobel Prize Winner

Other important scientists


Selection of graduates


A selection of rectors


  • Margret Friedrich : Regional needs, sovereign planning, exchange of knowledge. University and rooms in the 18th century and the early 19th century using the example of the University of Innsbruck , in: Geschichte und Region / Storia e regione , No. 2/2017, pp. 44–71.
  • Margret Friedrich, Dirk Rupnow (ed.): History of the University of Innsbruck 1669−2019 , 2 volumes, Innsbruck University Press, Innsbruck 2019, ISBN 978-3-903187-67-2 .
  • Peter Goller , Georg Tidl : jubilation without end. The University of Innsbruck in March 1938. On the Nazification of the Tyrolean State University , Löcker-Verlag, Vienna 2012.
  • Franz Huter : The subjects of mathematics, physics and chemistry at the Philosophical Faculty of Innsbruck until 1945 (publications of the University of Innsbruck 66 = research on Innsbruck university history 10), University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck 1971.
  • Franz Huter, Gerhard Oberkofler , Peter Goller (edit.): The register of the University of Innsbruck . Multi-volume work, Innsbruck University Press, Innsbruck 1975ff.
  • Tilmann Märk (Ed.): Leopold Franzens University Innsbruck. Universitas semper reformanda , innsbruck university press, Innsbruck 2016, ISBN 978-3-903122-03-1 .
  • Gerhard Oberkofler: Report on the victims of National Socialism at the University of Innsbruck , in: Zeitgeschichte , Heftsammlung 1980/81 (8th year), pp. 142–149. Available online at ÖNB-ANNO .
  • Gerhard Oberkofler, Peter Goller: History of the University of Innsbruck (1669–1945) , Lang-Verlag, Frankfurt a. M./Wien 1996.
  • Gerhard Oberkofler: University ceremony . A biotope of the zeitgeist . Passagen Verlag, Vienna 1999.
  • Austrian Students' Union (Ed.): Austrian Universities in the 20th Century. Austrofascism, National Socialism and the Consequences , Facultas, Vienna 2013.
  • Günther Pallaver , Michael Gehler (eds.): University and Nationalism: Innsbruck 1904 and the storming of the Italian law faculty , Museo Storico del Trentino, Trento 2013.

See also

Web links

Commons : University of Innsbruck  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikisource: University history Innsbruck  - sources and full texts

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e 350 - University of Innsbruck in figures 2020
  2. Hannes Obermair : Early knowledge. Looking for pre-modern forms of knowledge in Bolzano and Tyrol . In: Hans Karl Peterlini (Ed.): Universitas Est, Vol. I: Essays on the history of education in Tyrol / South Tyrol from the Middle Ages to the Free University of Bozen . Bozen: Bozen / Bolzano University Press 2008. ISBN 978-88-7283-316-2 , pp. 35-87, reference pp. 80-83.
  3. Archive “Displaced Science” at the University of Innsbruck , accessed on March 26, 2015
  4. Timetables of the University of Innsbruck , accessed on August 19, 2014
  5. ^ Times Higher Education World University Rankings , accessed March 31, 2015
  6. The 100 most international universities in the world 2014 , accessed March 31, 2015
  7. ^ Melanie Staffner, Barbara Härting: Rankings - University of Innsbruck. Retrieved June 3, 2019 .
  9. ^ University of Innsbruck in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) , accessed on March 31, 2015
  11. ^ U-Multirank , accessed March 31, 2015
  13. ↑ https://www.mein
  16. ^ Bulletin of the Leopold Franzens University Innsbruck. In: Bulletin. University of Innsbruck, February 7, 2018, accessed on October 24, 2018 (German).
  17. iPoint: School of Education - the "16" , accessed on 2 April 2015
  18. iPoint: Innsbruck medical professionals oppose outsourcing , accessed on April 2, 2015
  19. ^ Töchterle wants to merge Uni and Med-Uni Innsbruck , Die Presse, accessed on April 2, 2015
  20. Due to poor planning, the building's glass roof had to be extensively renovated by 2009. The controversial building complex, which also houses the MCI ( Management Center Innsbruck ) as well as apartments and business premises, was planned by henke and schreieck architects from Vienna.
  21. The building was planned and built by architekturwerkstatt din a4 .
  22. "ATRIUM - Center for Ancient Cultures" , accessed on April 2, 2015
  23. ^ Archaeological Museum Innsbruck - Collection of casts and originals of the University of Innsbruck ,
    Fick Sabine (Ed.): Atriumhaus. The Center for Ancient Cultures (Innsbruck 2009) (PDF; 3.3 MB)
  24. For example the Institute for Educational Science, the Institute for Psychosocial Intervention and Communication Research and the Archive for Architecture.
  25. University of Innsbruck: Rector's team presents program for the coming years. In: Retrieved June 9, 2016 .
  26. University councils are almost complete now . Article dated April 30, 2018, accessed May 2, 2018.
  27. ^ University Council of the University of Innsbruck . Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  28. New Senate Chair elected. In: October 11, 2019, accessed October 12, 2019 .
  29. University of Innsbruck: Walter Obwexer is the new chairman of the Senate. October 11, 2019, accessed October 12, 2019 .
  30. Courses offered by the University of Innsbruck , accessed on February 18, 2016
  31. Admission procedure prior to admission , accessed on February 18, 2016

Coordinates: 47 ° 15 ′ 47 "  N , 11 ° 23 ′ 2"  E