Graz University of Technology

Graz University of Technology
Technische Universität Graz
Type Public university
Institute of technology
Established 1811
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 12,777[1]
Location Graz, Styria, Austria

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]


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.

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.


The university consists of seven faculties:


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

Bachelor's programmes

Master's programmes

Teacher training programmes — secondary teacher education

PhD Programmes

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

[As of February 2016][3]

Facts and figures

Data from: 2014–15[1]


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

Spin-offs and start-ups

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


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "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
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