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About TU Wien

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Our mission is "technology for people".
Through our research we "develop scientific excellence", through our teaching we "enhance comprehensive competence".

TU Wien has eight faculties lead by deans: Architecture and Planning, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Mathematics and Geoinformation, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Physics.

The University is led by the Rector and four Vice Rectors (responsible for Research and Innovation, Academic Affairs, Infrastructure as well as Human Resources and Gender). The Senate has 26 members. The University Council, consisting of seven members, acts as a supervisory board.

 

Picture: © TU Wien | Thomas Blazina

Studies

Studying at TU Wien means gaining a broad range of basic knowledge whilst simultaneously being given the opportunity to specialise according to subject and interest. TU Wien places particular emphasis and value on the involvement of students in current research programmes.

The university offers a broad spectrum through its 18 Bachelor, 31 Masters and 3 Doctoral study  programmes and its many university courses. Some 30,000 students are already taking advantage of this spectrum and the number is increasing.

Research

Research at TU Wien is focused on five focal areas. These five pillars represent strengths and skills of TU Wien going back many years, and they strengthen its profile in international competition. Within these key areas, work is carried out on an inter-disciplinary basis and the research spectrum is being constantly developed. The "Additional Fields" provide further, equally important areas for research. All research activities are organised into a matrix.

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Alumnae and Alumni

Among the most famous of graduates from TU Wien are Christian Doppler (Doppler effect), Joseph Loschmidt (Loschmidt constant), architect Otto Wagner, Nobel Prizewinner for Chemistry Richard Zsigmondy, Viktor Kaplan (Kaplan turbine), Alexander Meissner (vacuum tube amplifier), computer pioneer Heinz Zemanek (first complete transistorised computer in Europe, known as “Mailüfterl”), Gottfried Ungerböck (trellis modulation) as well as composers Josef and Johann Strauß, author Fritz von Herzmanovsky-Orlando and the founder of anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner.

Successful alumni from more recent times include Franz Viehböck (first Austrian astronaut), Wolfgang Anzengruber (CEO of Verbund), Susanna Zapreva (CEO of Stadtwerke Hannover AG), Theresia Vogel (CEO of Austrian Federal government climate and energy funding) and Ingeborg Hochmair-Desoyer (cochlea implants).

Arts & Culture

Vienna’s oldest ball (TU-Ball)

The TU Wien is situated in the very heart of Vienna, in the pulsating cultural centre of town. Within easy walking distance are the Opera House, the art nouveau Secession building, the Musikverein, home of the Vienna Philharmonic, from which the New Year’s Concert is annually broadcast around the globe, and the splendid baroque Karlskirche (Church of St. Charles). The TU Wien features its own two orchestras, a choir and Vienna’s oldest ball (TU-Ball).

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Service providers

A central task of the service facilities is to provide effective support to the research and teaching teams. Customer orientation, efficiency and perfect service is what matters the most. The TU Wien service providers offer IT Support, Building Services, Library Management, Public Relations, Personnel and Student Management and Documentation, just to name a few. Promotion of Women, Career Enhancement,  Support for Disabled People and Internationalisation are also high priorities. World class research requires powerful infrastructure. TU Wien has bundled several Core Shared Research Facilities such as the VSC Superomputer, an X-ray Center, a Low Temperature Unit or the Centre for Micro- and Nanostructures.

Employees

© TU Wien | Matthias Heisler
© TU Wien | Matthias Heisler

In an organisation of experts and specialists, the employees are the “assets” which make a difference. This means that staff recruitment and development are key to the university’s success. Numerous awards are proof of how good our academics are. The demands placed on staff in general have grown too. TU Wien continues to be involved with apprenticeships. An across-the-board employee appraisal scheme and an ample range of training and further training opportunities are in place with the intention of providing employees with optimal support and encouragement. One major challenge is ensuring equal opportunities for both sexes.

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Collaborations

The institutes at TU Wien are very successful when it comes to securing highly sought-after public funding and conducting research projects alongside sponsors from industry and commerce and/or the public sector (thirdparty funds).

A number of collaboration projects are embedded within the institution in various forms. For example, the University is involved with a number of competence centres, networks, projects and Christian Doppler laboratories and plays a major role in the Austrian Science Fund’s (FWF) priority programmes.

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International Orientation

© Dieter Haugk | Pixelio.de
© Dieter Haugk | Pixelio.de

In a globalised knowledge-based community, international collaborative programmes within research and teaching are an essential part of university life. Successful participation in international programmes, maintaining contacts in transnational networks and the strategic targeting of university partnerships all contribute to the successful positioning of TU Wien’s researchers and graduates at an international level.

Internationalisation Strategy

The international approach to research and teaching is essential for a research-orientated institution to work successfully, develop and remain visible. TU Wien therefore pursues a strategy of successful international networking. This includes forming bilateral university partnerships to take advantage of regional and subject-based strengths, securing an attractive, intercultural teaching and research environment at TU Wien, promoting the mobility of students, teaching staff and researchers and developing suitable marketing strategies to increase international visibility and attract the "best
minds".

Beyond Studying

Outside their studies, too, students and staff are active in many different ways. The engagement of TU  Wien in technology, culture and sport is noticeable.

  • The Space Team at TU Wien is a student working group on aerospace engineering and develops  experimental rockets, aerospace engines, small satellites and much more.
  • The TUW Racing Team is made up of students and has had success at countless international competitions with self-constructed vehicles.
  • The university choir performs regularly both within and outside TU Wien, and in 2016 appeared in the "Grosse Chance der Chöre", a talent show on Austrian television.
  • Alongside its many international performances, the Orchestra of TU Wien also opens the TU Ball each year.
  • The Vienna Academic Philharmonic Orchestra consists of students and musicians from a wide range of occupations.
  • The TU Robots are the official sports team of TU Wien and the HTU, in basketball, football and cheerdance.

History

The main building at the Karlsplatz (1825)

TU Wien was founded as the Imperial and Royal Polytechnic Institute in 1815 and in 1865 was divided into five faculties. The first free election of a Rector took place one year later. In 1872, the university was renamed the "Technische Hochschule" (Technical University), with its first-ever doctorates awarded in 1902. In 1919, women were admitted for the first time as regular students. Since 1975, the university has officially been called the "Technische Universität Wien", in English simply TU Wien. TU Wien attained full legal capacity in 2004 as a result of the 2002 University Act. Since then, it has been managed by the Rector’s office and the newly instituted University Council. At the same time, the number of faculties was increased from five to eight. On 6 November 2015, TU Wien celebrated its 200 year anniversary.

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