Vienna University of Technology

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TU Wien, formerly Vienna University of Technology
Technische Universität Wien
TU Wien Logo
Established 1815
Type Public university
Rector Sabine Seidler
Academic staff
c. 3,300 (4,515 total)
Students 27,923 (2013)
Location Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Campus Urban
Imperial-Royal Polytechnic Institute (TU Wien) in 1823
The main building of TU Wien at the Karlsplatz in 1825
The main building of the Vienna University of Technology
Former Geniedirektion, institute building of the Vienna University of Technology

The Vienna University of Technology (German: Technische Universität Wien) is one of the major universities in Vienna, the capital of Austria. Founded in 1815 as the "Imperial-Royal Polytechnic Institute". In 1872 its name changed to Technische Hochschule (College of Technology). The institution has borne its current name Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien) since 1975.

Today the university finds high international and domestic recognition in teaching as well as in research and is a highly esteemed partner of innovation oriented enterprises.[1] It currently has about 26,200 students (19% foreign students/30% women), eight facilities and about 4,000 staff members (1,800 academics). The university's teaching and research is focused on engineering and natural sciences.

The education offered by TU Wien is rewarded by high international and domestic recognition. The chances for graduates for getting an attractive employment are very prosperous. The high demand for graduates of the TU Wien from economy and industry, governmental as well as research institutions are manifest evidence for this.[2]

Academic reputation

TU Wien is one of the most prestigious universities of technology in the world by presenting a top level of research and education.[3] TU Wien is among the most successful technical universities in Europe and is Austria’s largest scientific-technical research and educational institution.[4] As a university of technology, TU Wien covers a wide spectrum of scientific concepts from abstract pure research and the fundamental principles of science to applied technological research and partnership with industry.[5] For nearly 200 years, TU Wien has been a place of research, teaching and learning in the service of progress.[4]

By the QS World Rankings, the Vienna University of Technology is ranked 197th and 93th in the 2015 QS World University Ranking and QS World University Ranking by faculty of Engineering and Technology respectively.

TU Wien is ranked 100th in the subject area of Engineering and Technology by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2015.

In the U.S. News Rankings, TU Wien is ranked 307th, 131th, 160th and 78th in 2015 for Best Global Universities, Best Global Universities in Europe, Subject ranking of Engineering and Subject ranking of computer science respectively.[6]

In 2014, U.S. News ranked Computer Science at TU Wien as number 14 in Europe, equaling number 3 within German speaking universities.[7]

Ranking 2015 2014 2013 2012
QS World University Rankings[8] 197 246 264 274
QS Faculty Rankings: Engineering & Technology[9] 93 91 132 -
QS Subject Rankings: Mechanical Engineering [10] 151-200 151-200 151-200 -
QS Subject Rankings: Electrical Engineering [11] 101-150 51-100 51-100 -
QS Subject Rankings: Chemical Engineering [12] 151-200 - - -
QS Subject Rankings: Civil & Structural [13] 101-150 101-150 101-150 -
QS Subject Rankings: Computer Science [14] 51-100 51-100 51-100 -
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings [15] 226-250 226-250 251-275 301-350
The Times Higher Education Subject Rankings: Engineering and Technology [16] 100 96 - -
Academic Ranking of World Universities (World)[17] 401-500 401-500 401-500 401-500
Academic Ranking of World Universities, Subject field: Computer Sciences [18] 101-150 76-100 76-100 101-150


TU Wien has eight faculties led 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, Academic Affairs, Finance as well as Human Resources and Gender). The Senate has 26 members. The University Council, consisting of seven members, acts as a supervisory board.


Development work in almost all areas of technology is encouraged by the interaction between basic research and the different fields of engineering sciences at the TU Wien. Also, the framework of cooperative projects with other universities, research institutes and business sector partners is established by research section of the TU Wien. The TU Wien has sharpened its research profile by defining competence fields and setting up interdisciplinary collaboration centres, and here clearer outlines will be developed.

Research focus points of TU Wien are introduced as computational science and engineering, quantum physics and quantum technologies, materials and matter, information and communication technology and energy and environment.

The EU Research Support (EURS) provides services at the TU Wien and informs both researchers and administrative staff in preparing and carrying out EU research projects.

Notable faculty and alumni

Karlskirche and Vienna University of Technology


The TU Wien University Library was founded in 1815. The Main Library building was designed by the architects Justus Dahinden, Reinhard Gieselmann, Alexander Marchart, Roland Moebius & partners. Completed in 1987, it features owl sculptures by the Swiss artist Bruno Weber. The Main Library has six floors of open access areas and reading rooms, with around 700 study desks.


The University hosted the IFIUS World Interuniversity Games in October 2007.

See also

Notes and references

  1. "Vienna University of Technology". Top Universities. Retrieved 2015-11-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Technische Universität Wien : About us". Retrieved 2015-11-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  7. "Search Top World Universities, p2 - US News Best Global Universities". Retrieved 3 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. [1]. Top Universities. Retrieved on 2015-09-18.
  9. [2], QS World University Rankings , Faculty Rankings: Engineering & Technology, retrieved on 2014-03-06.
  10. [3], QS World University Rankings , Subject Rankings: Mechanical Engineering, retrieved on 2015-03-06.
  11. [4], QS World University Rankings , Subject Rankings: Electrical Engineering, retrieved on 2015-03-07.
  12. [5], QS World University Rankings , Subject Rankings: Chemical Engineering, retrieved on 2015-03-07.
  13. [6], QS World University Rankings , Subject Rankings: Civil & Structural, retrieved on 2015-03-07.
  14. [7], QS World University Rankings , Subject Rankings: Computer Science, retrieved on 2015-03-07.
  15. [8], The Times Higher Education rankings, retrieved on 2015-05-10.
  16. [9], The Times Higher Education rankings, Subject Rankings: Engineering and Technology, retrieved on 2015-05-10.
  17. [10], Academic Ranking of World Universities, retrieved on 2015-06-11.
  18. [11], Academic Ranking of World Universities, Subject field: Computer Sciences, retrieved on 2015-06-11.

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