Vienna University of Technology – TU Wien Information
The Vienna University of Technology (Also known as TU Vienna, TU Wien or Technische Universität Wien) is a public technical university which focuses its interest in technical and scientific explorations. It is considered the largest institution of higher learning in Austria.
The very first foundation of the TU Wien was sown in November 6, 1815 by Johann Joseph Ritter von Prechtl, the first School Director. A broad-minded visionary and humanist, Prechtl came up with a radical thesis which suggested an institution actively engaged in liberal learning and instruction. Taking as model the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, founded in 1795, he set into motion the integration of new roles and assignments into the institute’s educational system. Hence, k.k. polytechnisches Institut (k.k. stands for kaiserlich, königlic), the University’s name at that time and translated as “Imperial-Royal Polytechnic Institute,” begun its new academic pursuits.
In 1865, the reorganization of k.k. polytechnisches Institut was made complete. A Rector’s Charter was set up and the Institute was sub-partitioned into specialized schools called faculties. As a product of its restructuring, the Institute geared towards enhancing proper technological disciplines which where integrated into its school divisions and its course offerings allowing the school to remain at par with the technological advances during that time.
The Institute changed its name into k.k. Technische Hochschule in 1872. This reorganization gave way for the abolishment of specific compulsory subjects which where adapted during the period. In 1901, the school exercised into practice the right to grant doctorate degrees and in 1919, it freely admitted women to study in the Institute.
The growth of the Institute in the area of technical and natural disciplines during the post World War II period soared high and in 1975, the Institute was made into a university. In 2004 it assumed complete independence through the University Act 2002. This became the benchmark for further advances in the university.
Today, the Vienna University of Technology gears for “technology for people” strategized in the area of its research with the aim of “developing scientific excellence” and in the area of its teaching with the goal of “enhancing comprehensive competence.”
Currently TU Wien has eight Faculties, listed as, the Architecture and Regional Planning, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Business Science, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Mathematics and Geoinformation, Physics, Technical Chemistry, and Informatics.
It is directed by a Rector and four Vice Rectors overseeing the areas of Research, Academic Affairs, Finances and Controlling, and Infrastructure and Development.
TU Wien Address
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Vienna University of Technology – TU Wien Rankings and Quick Facts
Motto: Technology for human development – Scientific excellence and to provide comprehensive expertise
|Ranking – Times 400 (UK)
|University world Ranking – Jiaotong 500 (China)
403 to 510
|European Rank (Jiaotong)
173 to 208
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Other Austrian universities that are ranked highly in the world include the University of Vienna, University of Innsbruck, University of Graz, Innsbruck Medical University, and Medical University of Graz.