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About TU Wien


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


TU Wien places great emphasis on the inclusion of students in research programmes (research-based teaching), considering this an important criterion encouraging new generations of scientists. TU Wien offers a broad range of studies from "A" like Architecture to "T" like Technical Physics. Also Doctoral Programmes are offered.


Bringing together solid basic research with scientific engineering work across various disciplines on the one hand and project collaboration with other universities, research institutes and businesses on the other, enables the university to conduct development work in almost all fields of technology. TU Wien has honed its research profile with the definition of five key research areas and establishment of cross-sectoral collaboration centres, and is set to intensify its efforts in the continuation of this process.

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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.


© 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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TU Wien is 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 (third-party 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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© Dieter Haugk |
© Dieter Haugk |

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


The main building at the Karlsplatz (1825)

TU Wien is able to look back on a long tradition of scientific research and teaching, having been founded in 1815 as the k.k. Polytechnisches Institut, before being subdivided into 5 faculties in 1865. A year later, the first freely chosen rector was appointed. In 1872, the university was renamed the "Technische Hochschule" (Technical University), with the first-ever doctorates awarded in 1902. The current "Technische Universität (TU Wien)" name has been used since 1975. TU Wien attained full legal capacity as a result of the 2002 University Act. In 2015, the TU Wien was celebrating its 200th anniversary.

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