Graz University of Technology

Graz University of Technology
Technische Universität Graz
TU Graz.svg
MottoWissen – Technik – Leidenschaft[1]
Motto in English
Science – Passion – Technology[2]
TypePublic university
Institute of technology
Budget224 Mil.[3]
RectorHarald Kainz
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students17,592 (Winter semester 2018/19)[4]
Location, ,

Graz University of Technology (German: Technische Universität Graz, short TU Graz) is one of five universities in Styria, Austria. It was founded in 1811 by Archduke John of Austria and currently comprises seven faculties. The university is a public university. It offers 18 bachelors and 33 masters study programmes (of which 16 are in English) across all technology and natural science disciplines. Doctoral training is organised in 14 English-speaking doctoral schools. The university has more than 13,000 students, and approximately 2,000 students graduate every year. Science study programmes are offered in the framework of NAWI Graz together with the University of Graz.

The university has a staff of 3,324.[3] Research areas are combined in five fields of expertise.

TU Graz, the University of Leoben and TU Wien form the network Austrian Universities of Technology (TU Austria)[5] with approximately 47,000 students and 9,000 staff.


The university has multiple campuses, as it 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

Campus buildings at the Graz University of Technology


1811: The Joanneum is founded by Archduke John of Austria. 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 Franz Joseph I of Austria.

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, Erzherzog-Johann Universität (Graz 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
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering
  • Faculty of Electrical and Information Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Economic Sciences
  • Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Geodesy
  • Faculty of Technical Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering, Biotechnology


Students at TU Graz have a choice of 18 bachelor programmes and 33 master programmes. Graduates receive the academic degrees BSc, MSc or Diplom-Ingenieur/-in (Dipl.-Ing.). The doctoral programmes (Dr.techn. and Dr.rer.nat.) are offered as postgraduate programmes.

Facts and figures[edit]

  • Beginners: 2,033
  • Graduates (academic year 2016/17): 1,909
  • Federal budget 2017: €153.5 millions
  • Income from third-party funds 2017: €70.5 millions
  • Floor space (m²): 241,000
  • Non-academic staff: 987
  • Academic staff: 1,576 (of which project staff 904)
  • Mandated instructors/student assistants: 763

Data from: 2017/18[6][3]


University rankings
ARWU World[7] 401-500 (2018)
THE World[9] 401-500 (2018)
USNWR World[10] 618 (2018)
QS World[8] 363 (2019)

In the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Graz University of Technology can be found in the 401–500 bracket. In the 2018 Shanghai ranking of universities/Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, it is in the 76-100 range in Computer Science & Engineering, in the 101–150 range in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and in the 151–200 range in Biomedical Engineering. In the subjects Materials Science & Engineering and Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, it is in the 201-300 range. In the subjects Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Earth Sciences as well as Energy Science & Engineering, Graz University of Technology can be found in the 301-400 range. In Mathematics it is in the group 401-500. In the 2018 Leiden Ranking, the PPtop10% analysis puts it on position 359, the PPindustry ranks Graz University of Technology on place 6.

Notable alumni[edit]


TU Graz has set up strategic partnerships with 6 universities:[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Leitbild" (in German). Graz University of Technology. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Mission statement". Graz University of Technology. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e "TU Graz at a glance". Graz University of Technology. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Studierendenstatistik - TUGRAZonline - Technische Universität Graz". Graz University of Technology.
  5. ^ "TU Austria -TU Austria". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Info Card 2017/18" (PDF). TU Graz Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  7. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2018 - Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 - Top 500 universities - Shanghai Ranking - 2018". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  8. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2019". Top Universities. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  9. ^ "World University Rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). 18 August 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  10. ^ "U.S. News Education: Best Global Universities 2018". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  11. ^ Nikola Tesla: the European Years Archived 13 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine, D. Mrkich
  12. ^ Wohinz, Josef W. (16 May 2006). "Nikola Tesla und Graz" (in German). Technischen Universität Graz. Retrieved 29 January 2006.
  13. ^ Wohinz, Josef W. (Ed,) (2006). Nikola Tesla und die Technik in Graz. Graz, Austria: Verlag der Technischen Universität Graz. pp. &nbsp, 16. ISBN 3-902465-39-5.
  14. ^ Kulishich, Kosta (27 August 1931). "Tesla Nearly Missed His Career as Inventor: College Roommate Tells". Newark News.. Cited in Seifer, Marc, The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla, 1996
  15. ^ "Overview: Strategic Partnerships - TU Graz". Retrieved 29 July 2019.

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Coordinates: 47°04′08″N 15°27′00″E / 47.06889°N 15.45000°E / 47.06889; 15.45000