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About TU Wien

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Technology for people

At TU Wien, we have been conducting research, teaching and learning under the motto 'Technology for people' for over 200 years. TU Wien has evolved into an open academic institution where discussions can happen, opinions can be voiced and arguments will be heard. Although everyone may have different individual philosophies and approaches to life, the staff, management personnel and students at TU Wien all promote open-mindedness and tolerance.

Preventing discrimination and improving equal opportunities

Preventing discrimination against people and improving equal opportunities are at the heart of our interactions with one another and our environment. This also means that we learn from history by critically examining our past. We actively speak out against discrimination and promote equal opportunities.

Promoting scientific excellence and top-quality teaching

Our identity as a research university means that we build our reputation through our research. The content of the teaching we offer is based on this research. TU Wien combines basic and applied research and research-oriented teaching at the highest level. Through their knowledge and their strong relationships, our graduates and scientists contribute to the transfer of knowledge and technologies across society and the economy. The members of TU Wien thus help to ensure that Austria remains internationally competitive as a research location and help to stimulate its innovative potential.

The Rector's Office

 

Picture: © TU Wien | Thomas Blazina

"NETTech" – for fair and respectful communication at TU Wien

On social networks, interactions can often be more rude, blunt or hurtful than in everyday life. What follows is a plea for respect, acceptance and integrity.

Within a university setting, there are many different facets of communication as a specific form of social conduct: these include communication within the scientific community, interaction between teachers and students, and also between fellow employees and amongst students. With its mission statement ‘technology for people’, TU Wien portrays an image that everyone attached to the institution helps to cultivate and maintain. Forms of expression can be found on websites and social networks, in face-to-face conversations, or in written communication such as emails.

Agreement for all
In the pre-amble of TU Wien’s internal agreement on co-operative behaviour and anti-discrimination in the workplace, it states that co-operative behaviour in the workplace forms the basis for a positive in-house work environment and is therefore an important prerequisite for individual job satisfaction, engagement and the success of the university.
Although this agreement only covers interactions between colleagues directly employed by TU Wien, it should also act as a guideline for all members of the university. After all, those who excel in their chosen field tend to have key skills that extend beyond those they have acquired purely through academic study. Aside from gaining professional qualifications, students also develop their social skills and personalities while at university.
The following is clear: bullying and discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnic origin, skin colour, age, religion, world view, disability or sexual orientation, as well as harassment or sexual harassment in the workplace, represent are severely detrimental to employees’ well-being and constitute a violation of human dignity. Such behaviour will not be tolerated at TU Wien under any circumstances.

Study: Combating hatred online
According to a 2017 study conducted by the Austrian Institute of Strategic Analysis (ISA) and meinungsraum.at, and led by political scientist Peter Filzmaier, almost half of those asked had experienced cyber bullying and hate posts in the past, with that figure rising to two thirds among the younger respondents. Those affected stated they had mostly ignored these kinds of posts, but that they often felt helpless, while three quarters did not know where to turn for help.

External advice centre
In September, the organisation ZARA – which promotes moral courage and anti-racism – opened an advice centre in order to help those affected to fight back. As well as offering psychosocial counselling, the centre also aims to inform people as to whether or not the abuse may constitute a criminal offence. In this case, the advice centre will also ensure that illegal hate posts are deleted as quickly as possible. To this end, the organisation is in close contact with the operators of Facebook and YouTube. Advice can be given face-to-face, or via email, online forms, Facebook Messenger or online chat.

Internal measures
Within TU Wien, any students, professors or project workers seeking help – regardless of their hierarchical level within the university – have the following points of contact available to them: the Arbeitskreis für Gleichbehandlungsfragen (AKG) (Working Group on equal opportunities), the student psychological counselling service, the occupational psychology service and the works council. TU members can report any malicious communication or harassment in the workplace or during everyday student life to any of these points of contact. One thing should be clear to everyone: anyone at TU Wien who breaks the rules and causes harm to others, who fails to respect colleagues and work partners, who abuses anyone in the community or circulates unlawful statements, has no place at TU Wien.

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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