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Graz University of Technology

Graz University of Technology
Technische Universität Graz
TU Graz Logo
Type Public university
Institute of technology
Established 1811
Academic staff
1,554[1]
Administrative staff
927[1]
Students 13,171[1]
Location Graz, Styria, Austria
Website tugraz.at

The 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 bachelor's and 33 master's study programmes (of which 14 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 some 3,300 staff. Research areas are combined in five fields of expertise. The university is one of the universities with the highest third-party funding in Austria. In the competence centre programme COMET of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency, the university is the most strongly represented Austrian university. The university information system CAMPUSonline, which was developed at the university, is used by the majority of Austrian universities as well as by several other universities in the German-speaking area. Student teams from the university successfully participate in international student competitions in a variety of disciplines.

The TU Graz, the Montanuniversität Leoben and the TU Wien form the network Austrian Universities of Technology (TU Austria)[2] with approximately 47,000 students and 9,000 staff.

Campus

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

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

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

Students at TU Graz have a choice of 18 bachelor programmes and 31 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

  • Beginners: 1,890
  • Graduates (academic year 2014/15): 2,054
  • Federal budget 2015: €146.3m
  • Income from third-party funds 2014: €68.1m
  • Floor space (m²): 236,000
  • Non-academic staff: 927
  • Academic staff: 1,554 (of which project staff 903)
  • Mandated instructors/student assistants: 789

Data from: 2015–16[1]

Rankings

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

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Statistics at a glance" (PDF). TU Graz Statistics. Retrieved January 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ TU Austria – Austrian Universities of Technology
  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

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