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News Overview

What’s going on in the world of continuing education? Glance over the current issues appearing on the TU Graz Life Long Learning website and take a peek at our courses and university programmes! Make sure not to miss any important events and deadlines!

Read the news review to find out about developments in TU Graz Life Long Learning over the last few years: News Review



  • The early bird catches the worm!

    Anyone who would like to register for the University Programme in Sustainable Building will receive an early bird bonus of 10% off the programme fees if they submit a completed application by no later than 30 May 2020. More...

  • Python goes online!

    Our popular Python: Fundamental Concepts course will be held online in the last week of May. Interested? Please register now at vera.poschauko@tugraz.at. More...

  • Empty seats in an auditorium.

    Coronavirus: Courses will be cancelled until 30 June 2020

    Due to the current developments with regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19), TU Graz will suspend almost all continuing education courses of Life Long Learning until 30 June 2020. More ...

May 2020

[Translate to Englisch:] Haus aus Bausteinen.

The early bird catches the worm!

Anyone who would like to register for the University Programme in Sustainable Building will receive an early bird bonus of 10% off the programme fees if they submit a completed application by no later than 30 May 2020.

But this is not the only great offer: The first four members of the Chamber of Architects and Engineering Consultants who apply for the programme can receive a 25% discount on the regular programme fee for the master's programme.

Still undecided? You can find even more information at www.tugraz.at/go/nachhaltigesbauen and www.nachhaltigesbauen.eu.

The next online info session will be held: Thursday, 18 June 2020, 4:30 p.m. (register for the session by sending an e-mail to officenoSpam@nachhaltigesbauen.eu).

The APPLICATION DEADLINE for the university certificate programme is 28 SEPTEMBER 2020.

Python goes online!

Our popular Python: Fundamental Concepts course will be held online in the last week of May. Interested? Please register now at vera.poschaukonoSpam@tugraz.at.

In our Python: Fundamental Concepts course, participants learn the basics of working successfully with PYTHON (PYTHON3). This scripting language, which is used particularly in numerical simulation and scientific computing, becomes easy to understand with application-oriented and meaningful examples.

However, since the course cannot take place at TU Graz at the moment, it will be offered online. Anyone interested can take part in our popular introductory course directly from home.

Please register in advance here: vera.poschaukonoSpam@tugraz.at.

You can find more information on the PYTHON: Fundamental Concepts course website.

April 2020

Astronaut in outer space

Online Teaching in Practice!

The university course SpaceTech as best practice at TU Graz Life Long Learning.

On 15 March, all Austrian universities switched to online teaching only. You can see what that looks like in practice with our part-time university course SpaceTech. Our Master’s course is carrying on almost as usual. We already had online teaching elements; our lecturers and course participants are used to using the relevant tools and they know the culture of remote learning and collaboration. In the space community, which is small but spread all over the world, people are used to working together remotely. Our current module in Space Project Management is already managed by us via online teaching and collaboration; the teacher is in Colorado, USA, with an 8-hour time difference – but with good planning everything works well, says programme manager Peter Schrotter.

The design of the master’s programme was also adapted to suit the online teaching approach, and the planned hours per day of teaching and collaboration were reduced and rearranged to ensure that the teaching schedule can work well.

You can find out everything about the programme at www.SpaceTech.tugraz.at.

March 2020

Mountains and text: not all classrooms have four walls.

Continuing education for all!

TU Graz University operates the only freely accessible MOOC platform in Austria. We offer open online courses that fulfil the public educational mandate of universities via the platform iMoox.

iMooX is the first and only MOOC platform, hosting free Massive Open Online Courses on a wide range of topics. All courses are available to any interested party free of charge and regardless of location.

iMooX is under the patronage of UNESCO as the platform is based on the implementation of UNESCO's priorities in the field of education. This not only promotes open access to information but also information and communication technologies in the field of education.

More information and all online courses can be found at https://imoox.at/mooc/

Empty seats in an auditorium.

Coronavirus: Courses will be cancelled until 30 June 2020

Due to the current developments with regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19), TU Graz will suspend almost all on-site courses of the Life Long Learning continuing education programme until 30 June 2020.

As soon as new dates can be fixed, you will find them on the respective course page. If you have any questions or would like to find out which courses and programmes will take place in digital form, please contact the respective programme managers, the course coordinator Vera Poschauko or the programme coordinator Lucia Edelsbrunner.

Thank you for your understanding!

Buildings of a city in top view.

Who actually wants moisture damage on and in buildings?

One of the main focuses of the new course Moisture and Waterproofing Monitoring in the TU Graz Life Long Learning programme is to recognise moisture conditions at an early stage.

Renovation costs, health impairments, loss of living quality but also environmental consequences – stresses that can be significantly reduced by planning and implementing moisture and leak monitoring systems within the building envelope. Persons with qualifications in this field are therefore in great demand.

All important information about our practically-oriented course can be found here: Moisture and Waterproofing Monitoring

February 2020

Sustainable Construction – Info Evening in Graz!

The university programme in Sustainable Construction will be offered again from November 2020 and on.

Anyone who is working in the construction industry and would like to expand their skillset in the field of sustainable construction is invited to take part in this programme. The topics of energy and material efficiency, reduction of emissions, recycling management, life cycle costs and careful handling of the existing buildings are assigned as much importance as those of safety, functionality, or building culture.

You have a chance to obtain information in person at the Info Evening on 26 February 2020 beginning at 6 p.m. at TU Graz. Please register for the event by sending an e-mail to officenoSpam@nachhaltigesbauen.eu. This exact location will be provided upon registration.

The application deadline for the university programme is 28 September 2020. You can take advantage of the 10% early bird bonus on the participation fees by completing and submitting the application by 30 May 2020.

More information about the university programme: Sustainable Construction

Leute stehen in einem Raum und blicken auf eine Wand mit aufgehängten Ausdrucken.

Smart District Development in Small and Medium-sized Cities

Registration still possible up until 15 March 2020.

In our university course the name is program. In this eight-day course, information is provided on current topics related to sustainable urban development. Medium-sized and small cities are particularly vulnerable to an increasing number of vacancies in downtown areas, difficulties managing sustainable mobility and a lack of energy planning.

On course dates, several national and international guests will be invited to comment on current trends, and a professional exchange among the participants will be encouraged. The course contents will be tested in a case study contributed by the participants themselves. This case study will be discussed and further developed in workshops with experts.

More detailed information about the course and how to register can be found on the course website: Smart District Development

January 2020

Teacher and students in front of a flipchart

TU Graz Receives Funding Award for New Innovation Programme

The Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs supports the interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge using Electronic Based Systems (EBS).

Electronic Based Systems (EBS) are components, devices and systems comprising micro- and nanoelectronics, as well as the associated embedded software. They are used in a variety of digitised products and processes, such as autonomous vehicles, personalised medicine, the Internet of Things and smart machines. Many companies are facing the challenge to locate suitable EBS specialists. The planned innovation course, which is funded by the FFG programme R&D Competences in Industry, is intended to help close this gap in the labour market in the future. Course participants are introduced to state-of-the-art transversal skills and competencies in hardware, embedded software and systems. Sixty-seven people from 15 companies will be trained over a period of two years.

More information

People sitting together at work tables

Competence Development: Advanced Software Quality Assurance for Technical Management

In this qualification project, employees of software and ICT partner companies obtain knowledge about software testing, continuous integration and code quality.

TU Graz supports R&D competences for industry via the funding programme with the same name promoted by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) (the funding agency of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs). The programme includes 6 courses which take place from 15 September 2019 to 14 March 2020. These courses enable participants not only to acquire state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of quality assurance, but also to choose a strategic location and create a feasible, individualised implementation plan. The aim is to enhance the qualifications of mentor/mentee teams in technical management.

More information: Qualification Project Advanced Software Quality Assurance for Technical Management

December 2019

Graduates of the university programme in Hydropower

Congratulations once again!

For the first time, Vice Rector Vorbach was able to congratulate the participants of 2 university programmes upon the successful completion of their supplementary qualification.

The graduates of the master’s programme Traffic Accident Research – Aviation Safety are dedicated to conducting accident research. Continuous improvements, whether in training programmes for pilots or in evacuations on scheduled flights, help make sure that flying remains the safest form of travel.

Graduates of the university programme in Hydropower also make a valuable contribution to society, as their dedication supports one of the most important forms of ecological energy production. The topics of the master's theses in this programme ranged from space-saving hydropowered fish lifts to the electrical and I&C equipment used in a hydropower screw.

Life Long Learning wishes these graduates all the best!

People looking at posters.

Day of Continuing Education

We were represented again this year at the Day of Continuing Education event. This year, this event placed a specific focus on quality. Keynote speeches and discussions on various models for quality development and quality assurance in further education institutions were held. The workshops addressed digitalisation, the National Qualifications Framework and the creation of a catalogue of quality criteria for continuing education.

One of the main results: Even if the best strategies in this field are available, people are needed who can turn these ideals into reality! Both programme managers and teachers play important key roles. These individuals are in direct contact with the participants and are responsible for understanding their needs, their subject requirements and how they can achieve their learning objectives. They also represent the institution at which they teach to the outside world. For this reason, quality is achieved or lost, depending on how these individuals value it.

More information about the Day of Continuing Education

November 2019

Robot writing on a blackboard

New Course: AI Essentials

Be the first!

Our new course AI Essentials deals with the basics of artificial intelligence. The name ‘artificial intelligence’ has existed since the 1950s. Why is it becoming so important just now? It has to do with the massive progress in developing computing power, better storage media and sophisticated algorithms. In this course we will review the history of AI and show how this has led to the current state of the technology, and look at a range of practical applications.

We will get behind the hype and give you a structured introduction to the subject and the way in which you can apply AI in your business.

Registration for the course ends already on 2 December. More details on the course contents and registration on the course page AI Essentials.

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Master’s Programme Lean Management in Civil Engineering has begun!

At the end of September, 25 course participants laid a foundation stone for their professional careers and started the new Master’s programme in Lean Management in Civil Engineering.

The participants had already completed the first few lessons of the Master’s programme when the official opening of the programme was held in the Aula. It isn’t usual to begin your studies in the Aula, said the programme director, Prof. Gottfried Mauerhofer. But the opening ceremony was intended as a motivational factor, he said, because in two years’ time the graduation ceremony will take place here, too. The way from here to there won’t be easy: it will be a hard path, an academic path – one sign of the high quality of the programme is that it will demand a lot from the students. But despite this, the oversubscription of the programme shows that the demand for this training is high. Prof. Detlef Heck agreed. He said the times have changed. We need new ways of thinking about building. We have to train a new kind of construction manager.