Graz University of Technology
Technische Universität Graz
MottoWissen – Technik – Leidenschaft[1]
Motto in English
Science – Passion – Technology[2]
TypePublic university
Institute of technology
Established1811; 213 years ago (1811)
Budget 277.3 million[3]
Vice-ChancellorHorst Bischof[4]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students16.494 (Winter semester 2022/23)[5]
Location, ,

Graz University of Technology (German: Technische Universität Graz, short TU Graz) is a public research university located 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 bachelor's and 35 master's study programmes (of which 19 are in English) across all technology and natural sciences disciplines. Doctoral training is organised in 14 English-speaking doctoral schools. The university has more than 16,000 students, and around 1,800 students graduate every year. The Graz University of Technology and the University of Graz co-operate in teaching and research of natural sciences.[6]

The university has a staff of 3,852.[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)[7] 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. Friedrich Mohs became the first professor of mineralogy in 1812.[8]

1864: The Styrian government makes it the Joanneum Regional and Technical College.

1874: The Austrian government takes over the Graz Imperial-Royal College of Technology.

1888: Opening of the Main Building (Old Technik) by Franz Joseph I of Austria.

1901: The college of technology is granted the right to award doctorates.

1955: The college of technology is divided into three faculties.

1975: The college of technology is divided into five faculties and renamed Graz University of Technology, Archduke-Johann-University (Technische Universität Graz, Erzherzog-Johann Universität).

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 11 part-time master's programmes and university programmes plus a range of other courses.

Facts and figures

Data from: 2022/23[9]


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[10]801–900 (2023)
QS World[11]421 (2024)
THE World[12]601–800 (2023)
USNWR Global[13]816 (2023)

In the 2022 Shanghai ranking of universities/Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, it is in the 201–300 range in Earth Sciences, and in the 301–400 range in Chemistry, Computer Science and Engineering as well as Materials Science & Engineering. In the subjects Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering, Graz University of Technology can be found in the 401–500 range. In the 2023 Leiden Ranking, the PPtop10% analysis puts it on position 558, the PPindustry ranks Graz University of Technology on place 13.

Notable alumni


TU Graz has set up strategic partnerships with six universities:[18]

Graz University of Technology is also a member of CESAER.[20]

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.[21] It also hosts the Austrian Centre for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis and the headquarters of the Silicon Austria Labs.[22][23]

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 21 September 2023.
  4. ^ "Horst Bischof Elected As New Rector of TU Graz". Retrieved 22 November 2023.
  5. ^ "Studierendenstatistik – TUGRAZonline – Technische Universität Graz". Graz University of Technology. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  6. ^ "NAWI Graz Natural Sciences". Graz: NAWI Graz Coordination Office. Retrieved 18 September 2023.
  7. ^ "TU Austria: Facts and Figures". Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  8. ^ "Mineralogy – Collections & Research Natural History Museum". Museum Joanneum. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  9. ^ "Info Card 2022/23" (PDF). TU Graz Statistics. Retrieved 21 September 2023.
  10. ^ "2023 Academic Ranking of World Universities". Retrieved 21 September 2023.
  11. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2023". QS World University Rankings 2024. Retrieved 21 September 2023.
  12. ^ "World University Rankings 2023". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 21 September 2023.
  13. ^ "Best Global Universities – US News". Retrieved 21 September 2023.
  14. ^ Nikola Tesla: the European Years Archived 13 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine, D. Mrkich
  15. ^ Wohinz, Josef W. (16 May 2006). "Nikola Tesla und Graz" (in German). Technischen Universität Graz. Retrieved 29 January 2006.
  16. ^ Wohinz, Josef W. (2006). Nikola Tesla und die Technik in Graz. Graz, Austria: Verlag der Technischen Universität Graz. p.  16. ISBN 3-902465-39-5.
  17. ^ 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
  18. ^ "Overview: Strategic Partnerships – TU Graz". Retrieved 21 September 2023.
  19. ^ "International Cooperation Ventures". Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  20. ^ "Overview: Members – CESAER". Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  21. ^ TU Graz Facts & Figures 2021/22. Verlag der Technischen Universität Graz. 2022. p. 29. ISBN 978-3-85125-893-6.
  22. ^ Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. "Austrian Centre for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis". (in German). Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  23. ^ SAL. "Sites – About SAL". Retrieved 15 September 2022.

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