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.
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.