Technische Universitaet Graz
University description (as per official university website)
Mission / Vision
Mission – What do we stand for?
Graz University of Technology is an important university in the international research and education network of engineering and science. It is rich in tradition and future oriented in equal measure, with a claim to excellence in its top fields.
Based on scientific bachelor’s programmes, it concentrates on research-oriented master’s and PhD programmes.
Graz University of Technology produces top performers and managers much in demand and contributes to the sustainable development of society, economy and environment in a responsible way.
Vision – Where are we aiming?
In its areas of excellence, Graz University of Technology counts among the top 10 European universities.
It cultivates a well-balanced relationship between basic and applied research.
Its expertise makes it a preferred co-operation partner of industry and business.
The master’s and PhD programmes of Graz University of Technology are very much in demand internationally.
Graz University of Technology is significantly increasing the achievement potential and attractiveness of Styria as a location for technology, science and education, and sees itself as a gateway to Southeastern Europe.
Its family and women-friendly orientation and its diversity management make it a desirable employer.
Graz University of Technology has a strong alumni network for mutual support and advancement.
Principles of Graz University of Technology
The principles of Graz University of Technology go to form the basis and guidelines which find special consideration in our daily work and association with each other.
We are an achievement-oriented community of researchers, teachers, students, staff and alumni who work in an open and innovation-oriented atmosphere of intellectual freedom and responsibility.
Our research and teaching results are a valuable commodity which we create and make use of as efficiently as possible – both economically and scientifically.
We are committed to achievement and its evaluation in an inspiring environment full of creativity with equal opportunities for all.
Our organisation in the field of research and teaching is as decentralised as possible, and in the field of “services and central administration” as centralised as is necessary.
We create an atmosphere of belongingness, partnership and solidarity with respect to Graz University of Technology.
We actively communicate with the public about our achievements.
We are aware of ourselves as a role model and feel committed to it.
Almost 200 years of research and teaching in society’s service make Graz University of Technology one of Austria's most venerable scientific institutions. The University’s success throughout its eventful history has been based upon the achievements of outstanding personalities in science, research and their application. Richard Zsigmondy, who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1926, worked as an assistant and an outside lecturer at Graz University of Technology. Names such as Herbert Eichholzer, Hans List, Otto Nußbaumer, Friedrich Mohs, Anna-Lülja Praun, Friedrich Schmiedl, Nikola Tesla or Ferdinand Wittenbauer account for the excellent reputation of Graz University of Technology in the past and present.
1811: The Joanneum is founded by the Archduke Johann.
1864: The Styrian Government makes it an institution of higher education called "Technische Hochschule".
1874: The k.k. Technische Hochschule is taken over by the state.
1901: The Technische Hochschule is granted the right to award doctorates.
1955: University Organisation Act 1955 (HOG '55). The Technische Hochschule is divided into three faculties.
1975: University Organisation Act 1975 (UOG '75). The Technische Hochschule is divided into five faculties and renamed into Graz University of Technology, Erzherzog-Johann-University.
1993: University Organisation Act 1993 (UOG '93).
1996: The adoption of UOG '93 is completed.
2002: University Act 2002 (UG '02).
2004: The UG '02 comes into effect. Graz University of Technology is divided into seven faculties that comprise 104 institutes and becomes a legal entity in public law. The University is headed by the Rectorate, the Senate and the University Council.
Who is Who
The development of the Technical University of Graz from its founding to the present would not be possible without those people who have set as an inventor, technology pioneers, entrepreneurs, scientists - including a Nobel laureate - milestones in the university and academic history. The Who's Who of important people in front showcases scientists, whose life story was in one form or another with the "Technology in Graz linked. In choosing the persons not entitled to be complete, the Who's Who is in the development and expansion phase.