Graz University of Technology

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The Graz University of Technology (German: Technische Universität Graz, short TU Graz) is the second largest university in Styria, Austria, after the University of Graz. Austria has three universities of technology – in Graz, in Leoben, and in Vienna.[1] The Graz University of Technology was founded in 1811 by Archduke John of Austria. TUG, as the university is called by its students, is a public university. In the academic year 2010/11, 14.8% of the students were from abroad and 21.4% of the students were female out of the 11,681 students enrolled at the TUG.[2]

Campus[edit]

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

History[edit]

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, Erherzog-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.

Organization[edit]

The university consists of seven faculties:

  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Economic Sciences
  • Faculty of Technical Mathematics and Technical Physics
  • Faculty of Technical Chemistry, Chemical and Process Engineering and Biotechnology

Teaching[edit]

Students at TU Graz have a choice of 17 bachelor programmes and 33 master programmes. Graduates receive the academic degrees BSc or Bakk.techn., MSc or Diplom-Ingenieur/-in (Dipl.-Ing.). The doctoral programmes (Dr.techn. and Dr.rer.nat.) are offered as postgraduate programmes.

Studies[edit]

Bachelor programmes:

  • Architecture
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Chemistry (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Civil Engineering with Environment and Construction Management
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering (in cooperation with the University of Music and Dramatic Arts, Graz)
  • Geomatics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics
  • Molecular Biology (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Software Development and Business Management
  • Technical Mathematics
  • Technical Physics
  • Telematics

Master programmes:

  • Architecture
  • Advanced Materials Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bio Sciences
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biomedical Sciences (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
    • Biotechnology (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
    • Molecular Microbiology (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Chemical and Process Engineering
    • Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
    • Chemical and Process Engineering
    • Paper and Pulp Technology
  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
    • Technical Chemistry (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Civil Engineering
    • Civil Engineering, Environment and Transportation
    • Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering
    • Civil Engineering Sciences, Geotechnics and Hydraulics
    • Construction Management and Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering and Business
    • Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering (in cooperation with the University of Music and Dramatic Arts, Graz)
  • Geosciences
    • Earth Sciences (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
    • Geomatics Science
    • Geo Spatial Technologies (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics
    • Production Science and Management
  • Software Development and Business Management
  • Technical Mathematics
    • Financial and Actuarial Mathematics
    • Industrial Mathematics
    • Mathematical Computer Science
    • Technical Mathematics, Operations Research and Statistics (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Technical Physics
    • Nanophysics (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
    • Technical Physics
  • Telematics

Teacher training courses:

  • Descriptive Geometry
  • Physics
  • Computer Science and Computer Science Management

Doctoral programmes:

  • Doctoral Programme of Engineering
  • Doctoral Programme of Natural Sciences

University graduate programmes:

  • Architectural Computing and Media Technology
  • NATM – New Austrian Tunnelling Method Engineer
  • Space Sciences
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Traffic Accident Research

Certificate programme:

  • Paper and Pulp Technology

[as of August 2009]

Facts and figures[edit]

  • Beginners: 1,848
  • Graduates (academic year 2009/10): 1,431
  • Federal budget 2010: €111.3m
  • Income from contractual work 2009: €50.5m
  • Floor space (m²): 218,108
  • Permanent staff: 2,225
  • Academic staff: 1,376 (of which project staff 743)

Data from: 2010/11[2]

Rankings[edit]

The Graz University of Technology possesses good position in international rankings. Top Study Links University Rankings 2010 ranks the Graz University of Technology as the 3rd best university in Austria. The university is ranked 245th in the world.

Notable alumni[edit]

Spin-offs and start-ups[edit]

There are companies that have been spun-out of the university by faculty and students, based on technology created at TU Graz; with the exception of non-profit research spin-offs these companies need licenses through the university since implementation of the 2002 University Act in 2004.

Forschungsholding TU Graz GmbH manages shares of spin-offs and is responsible for out-licensing:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TU Austria – Austrian Universities of Technology
  2. ^ a b TUGraz - Statistics at a glance 2010/11
  3. ^ Nikola Tesla: the European Years, D. Mrkich
  4. ^ Wohinz, Josef W. (16 May 2006). "Nikola Tesla und Graz" (in German). Technischen Universität Graz. Retrieved 29 January 2006. 
  5. ^ Wohinz, Josef W. (Ed,) (2006). Nikola Tesla und die Technik in Graz. Graz, Austria: Verlag der Technischen Universität Graz. pp.  16. ISBN 3-902465-39-5. 
  6. ^ 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

External links[edit]

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