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
Established1811; 211 years ago (1811)
Budget 261.9 million[3]
Vice-ChancellorHarald Kainz
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students13,712 (Winter semester 2021/22)[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 is the oldest science and technology research and educational institute in Austria. It currently comprises seven faculties and is a public university. It offers 19 bachelors and 35 masters study programmes (of which 18 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 3,912.[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 more than 43,000 students and 10,000 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.

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, and Friedrich Mohs was appointed first professor for mineralogy in 1812.[6]

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:


Students at TU Graz have a choice of 19 bachelor programmes and 35 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. Continuing education is offered in the framework of Lifelong Learning and consists of nine part-time master’s programmes and university programmes plus a range of other courses.

Facts and figures

Data from: 2021/22[7]


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[8]801–900 (2022)
QS World[9]284 (2023)
THE World[10]601–800 (2022)
USNWR Global[11]748 (2022)

In the 2019 Shanghai ranking of universities/Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, it is in the 101–150 range in Computer Science & Engineeringing and Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and in the 201–300 range in Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering and Nanoscience & Nanotechnology. 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 2021 Leiden Ranking, the PPtop10% analysis puts it on position 279, the PPindustry ranks Graz University of Technology on place 23.

Notable alumni


TU Graz has set up strategic partnerships with 7 universities:[16]

Graz University of Technology is also a member of CESAER.[18]

Affiliates and shareholdings

TU Graz holds shares in more than 20 companies, mainly research centers like the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology or Virtual Vehicle.[19] It also hosts the Austrian Centre for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis and the headquarters of the Silicon Austria Labs.[20][21]

See also


  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 "TU Graz at a glance". Graz University of Technology. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  4. ^ "Studierendenstatistik – TUGRAZonline – Technische Universität Graz". Graz University of Technology. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  5. ^ "TU Austria: Facts and Figures". Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Mineralogy - Collections & Research Natural History Museum". Museum Joanneum. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  7. ^ "Info Card 2021/22" (PDF). TU Graz Statistics. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  8. ^ "2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities". Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  9. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2023". QS World University Rankings 2023. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  10. ^ "World University Rankings 2022". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  11. ^ "U.S. News Education: 2022 Best Universities in the World - US News". Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  12. ^ Nikola Tesla: the European Years Archived 13 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine, D. Mrkich
  13. ^ Wohinz, Josef W. (16 May 2006). "Nikola Tesla und Graz" (in German). Technischen Universität Graz. Retrieved 29 January 2006.
  14. ^ Wohinz, Josef W. (Ed,) (2006). Nikola Tesla und die Technik in Graz. Graz, Austria: Verlag der Technischen Universität Graz. p.  16. ISBN 3-902465-39-5.
  15. ^ 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
  16. ^ "Overview: Strategic Partnerships – TU Graz". Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  17. ^ "International Cooperation Ventures". Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  18. ^ "Overview: Members - CESAER". Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  19. ^ TU Graz Facts & Figures 2021/22. Verlag der Technischen Universität Graz. 2022. p. 29. ISBN 978-3-85125-893-6.
  20. ^ Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. "Austrian Centre for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis". (in German). Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  21. ^ SAL. "Sites - About SAL". Retrieved 15 September 2022.

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