Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

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  • About Us

    The Uni­ver­sity of Graz – Karl-​Franzens-​Universität Graz, which was founded in 1585, is Austria’s sec­ond old­est uni­ver­sity and one of the largest in the coun­try. Many excel­lent sci­en­tists, amongst them six Nobel lau­re­ates, have taught and researched here.

    With some 31,500 stu­dents and 4,000 employ­ees the Uni­ver­sity of Graz con­tributes sig­nif­i­cantly to the vibrat­ing life of the Styr­ian cap­i­tal. Its loca­tion in Europe encour­ages a lively sci­en­tific, eco­nomic and cul­tural exchange with South-​East Europe, from which not only the city ben­e­fits, but also its edu­ca­tional institutions.

    Facts and Figures

    • Founded in 1585
    • 7 organ­i­sa­tional units: 6 fac­ul­ties, 1 uni­ver­sity administration
    • 76 insti­tutes
    • 31,500 stu­dents
    • 4,800 new students
    • 3,300 grad­u­ates per aca­d­e­mic year, of which approx­i­mately 200 receive a doctor’s degree
    • 100 study courses
    • 4,000 employ­ees, of which 2,700 are scientists
    • 180,000 m2 net floor area
    • A bud­get of 205,4 mil­lion euros per year

    Teach­ing and Studies

    At our uni­ver­sity, stu­dents are trained to become autonomous and, as grad­u­ates with great tech­ni­cal and social skills, to acquire inter­dis­ci­pli­nary and crit­i­cal think­ing. Teach­ing has the same value as research and is devel­oped accord­ing to high qual­ity stan­dards. Research-​based teach­ing allows for the needs of stu­dents and require­ments of sci­ence, soci­ety and busi­ness. Inno­v­a­tive and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary teach­ing plays a sim­i­larly impor­tant role as does stu­dent coun­selling and com­pre­hen­sive edu­ca­tion of stu­dents. We acknowl­edge that stu­dents must take respon­si­bil­ity for their own learn­ing processes and we sup­port the prin­ci­ple of active par­tic­i­pa­tion in the fur­ther devel­op­ment of teach­ing. We encour­age stu­dents’ mobil­ity by pro­vid­ing inter­na­tional mobil­ity and mutual study programmes.

    Young Scientists

    We regard our­selves as being a both nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally sought-​after part­ner for young sci­en­tists. Our doc­toral stu­dents and post­docs work in a research group net­work and acquire thor­ough prepa­ra­tion for suc­cess­ful careers as sci­en­tists in a global con­text. We sup­port young sci­en­tists by pro­vid­ing spe­cial train­ing and mobil­ity pro­grammes as well as net­work­ing and coop­er­a­tion with other sci­en­tific insti­tu­tions and businesses.


    Our inter­na­tional net­work­ing in the fields of teach­ing, research, organ­i­sa­tional and HR devel­op­ment has increased con­sid­er­ably in the con­text of build­ing the Euro­pean Higher Edu­ca­tion Area. Our pro­file includes coop­er­a­tion pro­grammes with excel­lent Euro­pean and non-​European uni­ver­si­ties. One of our spe­cial fea­tures is the close col­lab­o­ra­tion with South-​East Europe and net­work­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Coim­bra Group and the Utrecht Net­work in the frame of which there are addi­tional pos­si­bil­i­ties for mobil­ity and project coop­er­a­tion. Austria’s unique intern­ship pro­grammes for mem­bers of teach­ing, research and admin­is­tra­tion staff as well as the con­tin­u­ous increase in short-​term lec­ture­ships in the frame of the EU Socrates pro­gramme are part of our inter­na­tion­ally ori­ented HR devel­op­ment measures.


    Fields of strength at uni­ver­sity are bun­dled across the fac­ul­ties by way of aca­d­e­mic research core areas. In this way, close coop­er­a­tion is fos­tered — espe­cially in the field of human­i­ties, social and cul­tural sci­ences. The Uni­ver­sity of Graz strives to con­cen­trate exist­ing highly socially rel­e­vant dis­ci­pli­nary focuses at fac­ulty level in uni­ver­sity research core areas.

    The Uni­ver­sity of Graz pur­sues a strat­egy of opti­mis­ing its poten­tial by coop­er­at­ing with other uni­ver­si­ties in the region and uses syn­ergy effects result­ing from the con­cen­tra­tion of resources and skills. Our research tar­get is geared towards com­mon fields of research — espe­cially with Graz Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy and the Med­ical Uni­ver­sity of Graz — in order to achieve a crit­i­cal mass.

    Our cur­rent interuni­ver­sity coop­er­a­tion NAWI and prospec­tive coop­er­a­tion BIOTECHMED are essen­tial for Graz as a sci­en­tific hub. An impor­tant aspect of this devel­op­ment are the har­monised research core areas of the par­tic­i­pat­ing uni­ver­si­ties in rela­tion to their locations.

    Our Research Core Areas


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