Graz University of Technology

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Graz University of Technology
Technische Universität Graz
TU Graz Logo
Type Public university
Institute of technology
Established 1811
Academic staff
1,495[1]
Administrative staff
901[1]
Students 12,777[1]
Location Graz, Styria, Austria
Website tugraz.at

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.[2] The Graz University of Technology was founded in 1811 by Archduke John of Austria. TU Graz is a public university. In the academic year 2014/15, 16.9% of the students were from abroad and 22.5% of the students were female out of the 12,777 students enrolled at the TU Graz.[1]

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 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

Teaching[edit]

Students at TU Graz have a choice of 20 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.

Study programmes[edit]

Bachelor's programmes

  • Architecture
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Chemistry (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Civil Engineering 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)
  • Environmental Systems Sciences / Natural Sciences - Technology (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Geomatics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics
  • Molecular Biology (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Software Development and Business Management
  • Mathematics (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Physics (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Information and Computer Engineering (old name: Telematik)

Master's programmes

  • Architecture
  • Advanced Materials Science (taught in English)
  • Biomedical Engineering (taught in English)
  • Bio Sciences
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biomedical Sciences (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
    • Biotechnology (in cooperation with the University of Graz, taught in English)
    • Molecular Microbiology (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Chemical and Process Engineering
    • Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering (in cooperation with the University of Graz, taught in English)
    • Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
    • Technical Chemistry (in cooperation with the University of Graz, taught in English)
  • Civil Engineering
    • Civil Engineering, Environment and Transportation
    • Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering
    • Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering (taught in English)
    • Construction Management and Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science (taught in English)
  • Electrical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering and Business
    • Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering (in cooperation with the University of Music and Dramatic Arts, Graz)
  • Environmental Systems Sciences / Natural Sciences - Technology (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Geosciences
    • Earth Sciences (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
    • Geomatics Science
    • Geospatial Technologies (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics
    • Production Science and Management (taught in English)
  • Plant Sciences (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Software Engineering and Management (taught in English)
  • Space Sciences and Earth from Space (in cooperation with the University of Graz)
  • Mathematics (in cooperation with the University of Graz, taught in English)
  • Technical Physics
  • Information and Computer Engineering (old name: Telematik, taught in English)

Teacher training programmes — secondary teacher education

  • Descriptive Geometry (Bachelor and Master)
  • Computer Science (Bachelor and Master)

PhD Programmes

  • Doctoral Programme of Engineering
  • Doctoral Programme of Natural Sciences

Postgraduate university courses (some of which are held in English)

  • Cleanroom Technology
  • Hydropower
  • NATM – New Austrian Tunnelling Method Engineering
  • Paper and Pulp Technology
  • Space Systems and Business Engineering (SpaceTech)
  • Sustainable Buildings
  • Traffic Accident Research
  • Traffic Accident Research - Aviation Safety

[As of February 2016][3]

Facts and figures[edit]

  • Beginners: 1,941
  • Graduates (academic year 2013/14): 2,423
  • Federal budget 2014: €141.9m
  • Income from third-party funds 2014: €65.2m
  • Floor space (m²): 235,900
  • Non-academic staff: 901
  • Academic staff: 1,495 (of which project staff 847)

Data from: 2014–15[1]

Rankings[edit]

The Graz University of Technology achieves good positions in international university rankings. In the 2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, it can be found in the 351 – 400 bracket. In the 2015 Shanghai ranking of universities in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences, the Graz University of Technology is in the 151 – 200 range.

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. ^ a b c d e "Statistics at a glance" (PDF). TU Graz Statistics. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ TU Austria – Austrian Universities of Technology
  3. ^ "Studying at TU Graz". TU Graz. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ Nikola Tesla: the European Years, D. Mrkich
  5. ^ Wohinz, Josef W. (16 May 2006). "Nikola Tesla und Graz" (in German). Technischen Universität Graz. Retrieved 29 January 2006. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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