Through our research we “develop scientific excellence”, through our teaching we “enhance comprehensive competence”. TU Wien has eight faculties lead 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.
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 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.
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).
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).