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Review 2023

We've done it: Master's degrees for new accident research experts

In the future, graduates of the two Master's Degree Programmes in Traffic Accident Research and Aviation Safety will put their expertise to good use for improving our safety.

There are few other areas that are so immediately noticeable and encountered every day by each and every one of us. Those engaged in the profession of accident research, therefore, have special responsibilities. Diverse tasks need to be performed on the ground and in the air, as the master's theses written by students in the programme show. These were presented at the graduation ceremony held on November 6 by the proud programme director Hermann Steffan. The thesis topics ranged from human factors in aircraft and paraglider accidents to pedestrian protection methods and on to adapted vehicle designs and analyses of accidents involving cargo bikes, particularly with regard to the lack of child restraint systems.

Congratulations and we wish you all the best!



Executive MBA in Green and Digital Transition: Learn More and Apply Now!

Take advantage of the opportunities offered by new technologies and guide your company into the future by increasing your knowledge about decarbonisation and climate neutrality.

The Executive MBA programme provides managers with a scientifically sound and practice-based qualification at both strategic and operational levels in the broad subjects of digitalisation and the Green Transition.

In the application fields Energy & Production, Corporate Mobility, and Sustainable Construction of today, it is essential to learn more about new digital technologies and their use as well as about sustainability management (incl. reporting) and how to share specialised knowledge about decarbonisation.

Online information evenings:

Early bird bonus: Apply by 24 December 2023



"Glück auf": We Congratulate the New Tunnelling Experts!

On 2 October, graduates from the Master's Degree Programme "NATM-Engineering" received their degrees at a festive graduation ceremony.

"Tunnel boring is not boring" - and this master's programme certainly isn't either! Programme participants from all over the world (e.g., Mexico, Germany, Pakistan, Singapore) bravely and brilliantly overcame challenges associated with pursuing a higher education degree in the middle of the pandemic and also dealt with some unusual course hours: Since part of the programme had to be conducted online, some students increased their knowledge at daybreak, while others did this at nightfall.

In addition to the course leaders Robert Galler (MU Leoben) and Thomas Marcher (TU Graz), Ernst Kreuzer from LLL also praised the graduates’ achievements: "By completing this programme, you have prepared yourself to face the next challenges in tunnelling and subsurface engineering, and you impressively demonstrated that your resilience and performance is a cut above the rest. Congratulations!"


Attention all deep-tech innovators!

Do you have a great business idea? Apply for our 4-week online mentoring programme by October 18. You can gain valuable knowledge and win a prize from an expert jury as well.

Use the HEICE project’s “Online Startup Acceleration Programme” to take your idea for a business or startup to the next level! Throughout this 4-week mentoring programme, you will benefit from the professional experience of top experts such as founders, academic geniuses, venture capitalists and a governance agency.

Each participant team will hold a final presentation in front of a jury of experts and the winning team will receive a prize in the form of individual mentoring sessions with renowned experts.

  • Start of the programme: October 23, 2023
  • End of the programme: November 17, 2023
  • Workload: ca. 8 hours/week
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: October 18, 2023
  • Details and application form – filling out the form takes less than 15 minutes!

Congratulation to the SpaceTech class of 2022/2023!

On September 12, graduates of the international  Master’s Degree Programme “SpaceTech" were awarded their diplomas in the venerable auditorium of the Old Campus.

What an exhilarating day! It is very rare that the defence of the master's thesis and the graduation ceremony take place on the same day. Nevertheless, the newly minted graduates of this unique degree programme can now look back on many intensive days over the last three semesters. All the effort was worthwhile: Franz Teschl, who was responsible for academic course management, proudly congratulated his former students on the fantastic results of their Central Case Project (CCP) and with it their potential contribution to future success of lunar missions.

On such a momentous occasion, nothing can express better what we feel than the final words of Nuno Baltazar dos Santos (alumni 2023): ”Let us embrace the challenges that lie ahead...let us go forward and continue to involve, explore, push boundaries…and make a lasting impact on the world. Our journey towards our future has just begun and I do not doubt that we will shape it in remarkable ways.”

Vitamin Boost for Autumn and Winter: Fresh course dates

Pick one of the upcoming course dates in a topic you are interested in and keep yourself professionally fit.

The days are becoming noticeably shorter and many activities are moving back indoors. Now is the perfect time for continuing your education.

Here is a small selection of our course offerings in different subject areas:


Job offer: We are looking for student assistents!

We are looking for dependable and service-oriented students to help supervise our courses on site.

Are you motivated, have great people skills and would you like to contribute to university continuing education? Then we have the perfect job for you:

At a workload of around 30 hours/month paying € 14.75/hour, you can gain valuable experience working for a university. Work may occasionally also take place on Saturdays.

Your tasks include:

  • Preparation and care of the seminar rooms
  • Supervision of examinations
  • Supervision of breaks
  • Installation of seminar infrastructure and electronic aids
  • Assistance with various mailings (e.g., information folders)


Interested? Then send us your CV to: lifelong.learningnoSpam@tugraz.at


Hello Earth, the battery is running low!

In their central study project, the students of the Master’s Programme "SpaceTech" developed a method for supporting moon exploration activities with solar energy from space.

Night is falling on the surface of the moon; it is getting dark and cold. A lone rover travels across the rocky landscape on a mission to explore the lunar surface. But suddenly, it stops. The rover has run out of energy...

One of the greatest obstacles facing robotic missions are the long and icy lunar nights, because without light, there is no available energy source for electricity generation. The students at “SpaceTech” have come up with an idea to potentially solve this problem: the “space-supported energy satellite”. It uses solar panels to generate electricity, which can then be transferred to different locations via high-energy lasers, i.e. a rover on the lunar surface. In this way, the service life of the robotic devices can be significantly extended. We are certainly looking forward to its implementation!


All about new buildings, additions, and dismantling: "Sustainable Building” excursion

At the end of the semester, the Sustainable Construction programme participants visited innovative building projects on university sites in Graz.

Would you like to spend part of your studies doing something fun? The building project Graz Center of Physics is a good example of how the circular economy and "social urban mining" can work. Materials and objects are dismantled during the deconstruction process so that they can be reused afterwards. As part of this process, copper cables are collected, and other objects are gathered in a re-use box, such as clocks and armchairs from the former pre-clinic lecture halls, and then put up for sale.

The New Anatomy Building at MedUni Graz shows how this integration process can succeed on a historic site. The challenge here was not only to fulfil the requirements posed by the historical building materials and the new building, but also to create a reverent place where visitors could pay their respects to the bodies donated to science for teaching and research purposes. The completed annex is considered to be coherent, functional and sustainable.


Good to know: New continuing education certificate and degree designations beginning in autumn 2023

From October 2023 and on, there will be changes in part-time continuing education programmes at Austria's higher education institutions.

One of the changes resulting from the amendment of the Austrian Universities Act (2021) is related to designations for certificates and degrees: The visibility of continuing education certificates and degrees granted in Austria will increase in that they will receive an additional label of "CE" for "Continuing Education". This also applies to the TU Graz Life Long Learning part-time master's programmes. For example, students who enter the international Master's Programme "SpaceTech" in the future (starting next in March 2024) will be awarded the title of "Master of Science" with the addition of "Continuing Education (CE)" after successfully completing the programme. The previous degree of "Master of Engineering" will no longer be awarded in master's programmes as of 30 September 2023.


Kick-off for the Paper and Pulp Technology Programme

Are you interested in the University Programme Paper and Pulp Technology? Have you already registered or are you planning to register for the programme? Then this kick-off event on 15 September 2023 is where you want to be!

The paper and pulp industry is incredibly diverse and so are the career opportunities for programme graduates: Not only paper and pulp, but also bioproducts like sugar for chewing gum and vanilla flavouring come from the paper industry. This industry also plays an important role in times of climate change. You can learn how to make active contributions to climate protection, ranging from the sustainable use of wood to the production of green electricity.

Kick-off event for the university programme, which begins in October 2023:

  • September 15, 2023, 4 p.m.
  • Institute of Bioproducts and Paper Technology, Inffeldgasse 23


Good to know: What are the 3 teaching phases at LLL?

Some of our courses and university programmes are offered in 3 phases: An online phase, an in-presence phase, and a transfer phase.

Online phase: In the online phase, basic subject knowledge is acquired through self-study, e.g. by referring to scripts and learning videos. Students can choose when and where they would like to study. They have access to a learning platform that they can use to ask questions and exchange information with others.

Attendance phase: Students deepen their knowledge in on-site course sessions. These give them the chance to discuss and reflect on the acquired knowledge with experts, as well as to apply it in the context of case study examples.

Transfer phase: This phase takes place either individually or in a team. Students use the acquired knowledge to work on questions and problems from their own business context.

LLL courses and university programmes in 3 phases include: Leadership in Digital Transformation, Decarbonisation and Sustainability Management, and Vehicle Technologies.

Mobility of the Future

The deepening courses “Future Mobility & Management” of the MBA University Programme starts on 11. September. Those interested can book the 3 modules offered in this exciting programme either individually or as a complete package to increase their knowledge. 

More flexible, more efficient and more environmentally friendly: This is what mobility should look like in the future. 
Those who would like to broaden their knowledge of current and future infrastructure and vehicle technologies and pick up specific decision-making skills that they can use to develop and apply new technologies and business models can do so by signing up for the following 3 modules/courses (either individually or as a complete "Future Mobility & Management" package): 

Registration deadline: 4 September 2023

More information about the "Future Mobility & Management" offer can be found at www.LeadTransformation.tugraz.at/mobility.


Life Long Learning Has Joined the "HEICE" Project

Together with the two TU Graz institutes BWL and UFO, entrepreneurial education and training programmes for "deep tech talents" are being developed.

TU Graz is one of the 16 winning consortia in this year's EIT HEI Initiative and, together with project partners from Portugal and Serbia, is receiving funding (EU / EIT KIC Health) to increase innovative capacity in deep tech areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and environmental technology. Students and alumni in particular, but also academic and administrative staff at the respective universities, will receive this specialised training. The aim is to build and develop entrepreneurship and innovation skills to close the gap between research and industry. Interdisciplinary cooperation, entrepreneurial education, mentoring programmes and networking events, for example, are being emphasised.

Learn more about the HEICE project

We Congratulate Our Graduates!

The graduates of the course "Decarbonisation and Sustainability Management" have taken the first step towards achieving climate neutrality in their own company.

In just 10 course sessions, participants were able to acquire basic knowledge about environmental and sustainability management systems, sustainability reporting and greenhouse gas balancing, as well as carbon management with a special focus on how to decarbonise supply chains through self-study (this video course is available for free, at https://imoox.at).

Of these participants, 11 opted to receive subsequent in-depth training in supervised in-presence sessions and in the context of an accompanying transfer project. Specific and individual questions could thus be answered in their own companies. The exciting results were presented at the certificate ceremony on 22 May.

The next course round will start on 11 September 2023.



Saluti dall'italia: SpaceTech in Frascati

The fifth in-presence unit for participants in the Master's Programme "Space Systems and Business Engineering" took place at the end of April at ESA's ESRIN site in Frascati.

In this unit, the participants could enrich both their theoretical knowledge and visit numerous aerospace facilities. The visit to the data centre of the ESA Centre for Earth Observation, for example, provided them with impressive insights into the wide range of services offered by Earth observation missions. These missions, which enable satellite observations of Earth and provide up-to-date and comprehensive data on our planet, gather valuable information in a wide range of application areas (e.g. agriculture, spatial and transport planning, geodesy, and climate research).

In addition, the participants also visited the Italian Space Agency in Rome, the rocket manufacturer AVIO in Colleferro, and the largest European spaceport Telespacio Space Center in Fucino.

Learn more about the master's programme


Introducing: Melanie Krisper, Graduate of the Master's Programme in Sustainable Construction

As a property manager and sustainability officer, the careful use of resources is close to Melanie’s heart, and not only in her private life, but above all in her professional life.

For BIG - Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H. in the OFM Team Steiermark, Melanie Krisper is responsible for the maintenance processes at Medical University of Graz. When asked why she took part in the Sustainable Building programme, she said, "After I finished my architecture studies, I felt as though I still had many questions about climate- and resource-friendly construction, surface sealing, the decarbonisation of existing buildings, as well as the responsibility of the builder, e.g. in terms of using climate-neutral materials." After completing the master's programme, Melanie Krisper is now looking forward to representing her current company both internally and externally to provide more education on the topic of sustainability and environmental protection.

Details on the programme starting in 2023

Sustainable Construction: Learn More and Apply Now!

At the upcoming info events about the "Sustainable Construction" programme, you can get all the information you need and freely ask questions.

The joint part-time university programme offered by TU Wien and TU Graz gives you the opportunity to become fully qualified in the field of sustainable construction. The programme starts on September 28, 2023. Apply now and take advantage of this opportunity to help make the construction sector more sustainable.

Info event dates:

  • 16.05.2023, 17:30, online and TU Graz (hybrid)
  • 14.06.2023, 16:30, TU Vienna
  • 03.07.2023, 17:30, online and TU Graz (hybrid)

Register for the info by sending an e-mail to office@nachhaltigesbauen.eu


OUR TIP: Register by May 28, 2023 to receive an EARLY BOOKING BONUS of 10% off the participation fees.


Our Tip: How to Finance Your Continuing Education

Below, we present two selected funding opportunities that can help to finance your continuing education.

FFG "Skills Checks" support the development of sustainability and digitisation skills in companies (including micro and individual enterprises), covering up to 80% of the continuing education costs or up to a maximum of € 5,000.

The SFG "Weiter!Bilden" programme promotes further training measures in SMEs that contribute significantly to sustainable business development, e.g. related to the environment and climate. This funding programme covers 30% of the costs for qualifications. Funding of up to € 2,500 can be granted twice a year. 

Attention: Please always check directly with the funding body before beginning your planned course/training to ensure that your specific continuing education project can actually be funded! LLL cannot guarantee that funding will be granted!

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Innovation Programme "Inno-EBS" Celebrates its Completion

As part of an exciting social programme hosted at the ams-OSRAM, the qualification project’s final workshop took place on 12 April.

About 100 participants from 16 companies took part in 70 courses over 3 years as part of the Innovation Programme on Electronic Based Systems (Inno-EBS). Inno-EBS, funded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy, placed a strong focus hardware, software, system and innovation management.

In the final workshop, participants discussed the project highlights, what they had learned from the project, and shared their thoughts and wishes regarding future offers. In addition to the technical knowledge, participants described the practical Lern-Repair-Cafés and the chance to exchange knowledge and networking with people from other sectors and company sizes as particularly valuable.

During the following field trip of the Silicon Alps Cluster, ams-OSRAM opened its factory gates and provided an interesting introduction to the topic of sensor technology.

More qualification projects  



Modules as Knowledge Building Blocks for Everyone

Book and combine individual modules/courses that are part of our MBA and Executive MBA programmes and plan your continuing education the way you want to.

Many professionals who are interested in pursuing continuing education do not want to or cannot complete an entire master's programme straight away. This offer is just for you: Select individual modules (university courses) from the continuing education programmes "MBA Leadership in Digital Transformation", "EMBA Digital Leadership", and "EMBA Green and Digital Transition" and design your continuing education individually to fit your needs. No prior academic education is required to participate.

Upcoming deadlines:


You can find descriptions of all courses here under University Courses (Modules).



Our Tip: Improving your Study-Work-Life-Balance

Many professionals completed their training and/or education a long time ago. Here are a few tips on how you can succeed in your studies (again).

  • Identify, negotiate and plan time slots when studying is most likely to be possible, considering the additional demands of your job and family.
  • Create a pleasant environment without distractions where you can study without being disturbed.
  • Remember: Which study methods did you feel worked best for you in the past (e.g. listening to something, discussing the material with others, recording something)?
  • Use (digital) media (e.g. videos) and Q&A sessions with speakers to get additional information and gather background knowledge.
  • Find study partners with whom you can exchange ideas or simply talk with your "fellow sufferers".
  • Drink water regularly and make sure you get enough sleep: This will increase your concentration and memory skills.
  • Reward yourself! 


Competence Elevator (CompElev): Successful completion of the qualification programme

At an interactive closing event that took place on 15 February, the project partners looked back over two intensive years and took stock.

Workshops, short presentations of the partner companies, and well-organised discussion rounds provided an entertaining review of the "Digital Competence Elevator for Save, Secure and Smart Enterprises" project and its results.

And the results of this project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy (R&D Competences for Industry) are impressive: A broad continuing education programme on the topic smart factory and cyber security was made available, encompassing 114 courses. In total, 196 people from 22 partner companies took part in this programme to receive further qualification. Many companies also took advantage of the chance to share their experience in the courses and networking meetings to initiate future cooperation.

Goal achieved – mission accomplished.



Introducing: Markus Karlseder, participant in the MBA programme Leadership in Digital Transformation

We are starting a new series and are introducing you to participants, alumni members, programme leaders, and lecturers in our university programmes.

Markus Karlseder is the managing director of the digital company "Mindconsole", which has employees based in Graz, Berlin, and Sydney. As a team, they develop digital content that is used in film, motion design, and visuals and, as extended reality and storytelling enthusiasts, are tracking current developments in these areas. To maintain a clear perspective on business aspects of the digital transformation, Markus Karlseder decided to participate in the MBA programme "Leadership in Digital Transformation" in 2022, stating "I am putting together and expanding the essential entrepreneurial tools that I need for my company, to be able to adapt quickly, and to stay up-to-date in the digital field. Fortunately, it’s always been possible to find a solution for any professional scheduling conflicts!"





Master's Programme SpaceTech: Meet the Commander!

In the 4th programme module held in Cologne, not only a discussion on the topic of "Human Space Flight" was included in the timetable, but the participants also had the unique opportunity to meet a "real" astronaut.

What a highlight! In a Q&A session, Frank De Winne, Head of the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) since 2012 and former astronaut, shared his own personal experiences as the first Western European ISS commander (2009) with the participants of the international master's programme "SpaceTech". The participants were also able to get a real "space feeling" by listening to other exciting lectures on manned spaceflight in the astronaut training room, going on tours of the EAC training hall (including modules of the space station and various spacecraft), and visiting the control centre and the Spaceship EAC innovation laboratory. Visits to other DLR facilities (e.g. Institute of Aerospace Medicine) perfectly rounded off this extraordinary attendance module.



Working Together to Achieve a Sustainable Future

The students who have recently graduated from the "Sustainable Construction" programme are looking forward to applying their newly acquired skills in the construction sector and to helping reverse climate change.

There is still a great deal to do, and there are many ways in the construction industry to make a significant contribution to achieving climate neutrality. The diversity of master’s thesis topics chosen by participants in the joint TU Vienna and TU Graz programme also clearly shows this. These include how to use cooling systems efficiently, renovate existing buildings, avoid soil sealing despite construction, certification systems, how to use vacancies or promote affordable and sustainable housing.

The ceremonial presentation of the graduation certificates took place on December 5, 2022, in the Kuppelsaal at TU Vienna.



More info about the programme



Good to Know: What Exactly Are "Microcredentials"?

In recent years, so-called "microcredentials" have made their way into the complex world of continuing education. But what exactly are these "mini-diplomas"?  

The term "microcredentials" is often used as a synonym for "short courses," although it can also refer to modules and "module bundles" that are extracted from full master's programmes.

Topics of current and relevance in the job market are addressed in these "microcredentials", which are particularly well suited for working professionals, as the online self-learning phases can be easily planned around everyday working life. These phases enable participants to acquire knowledge, but are also complemented by in-depth study and practice phases (either online or face-to-face), which are supervised by experts in the field.  After successfully completing a final performance assessment, you will receive a certificate issued by a university.

On the platform microcredentials.at, you will find the list of microcredentials offered by TU Graz, which is being continually expanded.


Review 2022

FOR LEADERS 5.0: New Executive MBAs at TU Graz

From March 2023 and on, people with leadership and management experience will be able to choose between two offers: "EMBA Digital Leadership" and "EMBA Green and Digital Transition". 

Transformations, turning points, disruptions: Many companies are currently facing the challenge of rethinking their business models and comprehensively integrating new technologies, as well as ensuring sustainability and decarbonisation. 

Two new Executive MBA programmes at TU Graz help to provide you with a scientifically sound and action-oriented qualification in the broad field of digitalisation and the Green Transition at a strategic and operational level. 

Upcoming online info sessions:

  • Executive MBA Green and Digital Transition: Monday, 09.02.2023, 17:00 Uhr, Registration link
  • Executive MBA Digital Leadership: Freitag, 10.02.2023, 17:00 Uhr, Registration link

Even more dates and information at: www.EMBALead.tugraz.at and www.EMBATwin.tugraz.at   

We train future experts in hydropower

Hydropower secures a sustainable energy future and is an integral part of the energy transition. The next "Hydropower" course starts on 3 March 2023. 

Hydropower is one of the most important energy sources and is being assigned enormous importance in these politically turbulent times, especially in view of the climate crisis and global dependencies. 

The university course on "Hydropower " has been developed for people working in the field of hydropower who would like to develop their technical and professional skills still further: Aspects of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and civil engineering, as well as environmental protection, sustainability, and ecology, are as much a part of this in-service course as organisational and economic aspects. Based on your previous training and professional experience, two different certificate options are offered. 
If you complete your application by 24 December 2022, you will receive an early bird bonus that reduces the participation fees by 10%. 
More info: www.wasserkraft.tugraz.at  


Helga Kromp-Kolb Opens the University Certificate Programme in Sustainable Construction

One of the most famous climate scientists of our time has chosen to lecture in the university certificate programme, which just kicked off for the 6th time.

It’s not every day that you have the chance to meet people you know mainly from the media. For this reason, we are very pleased that Dr. Kromp-Kolb agreed to serve as a lecturer for the University Certificate Programme in Sustainable Construction. As an internationally renowned scientist in the areas of meteorology and climatology, she is one of the leading experts on the topic of climate change. In her keynote speech entitled "Sustainable Developments", held at the first course session on October 20, she emphasised that we can only fully address the climate crisis if everyone works together, both internationally and nationally. 

In this spirit, we wish all participants a good start in the programme and for a successful period of continuing education!

See and Understand: Examples of Sustainable Buildings and Energy-efficient Building Technology

On the basis of 3 practical examples, the participants of the University Programme in Sustainable Building were introduced to modern building services systems in Graz during a city excursion.

Not only building construction, but also building operation plays a decisive role in achieving climate goals. Heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and electrical equipment are responsible for a large proportion of the energy consumption. The course participants were taught how building technology can be used in a way that conserves resources as much as possible during visits to the Med Campus, Joanneum Quarter and Kunsthaus facilities.

During the visit to the Cosa Science Centre with its interactive zones and augmented reality rooms, a focus was placed on the topic of energy, and the participants were able to determine their personal energy consumption and explore the potential for improvement.

Learn more about the University Programme in Sustainable Building

Welcome to the MBA Programme Leadership in Digital Transformation! 

They are mastering the digital transformation: On 19 September, course director Stefan Vorbach welcomed the first 12 participants of the new master's programme.

The students are already in the middle of the first online phase and are steadily building up their first business knowledge base through self-study, independent of time and place. The topics of General and Strategic Management are presented first, and the students are supported by receiving weekly plans and instructions. At the end of each week, students have the opportunity to reflect upon and discuss the acquired content in a joint online session with Prof. Vorbach.

After the four-week online phase, a one-week attendance phase will take place, followed by a transfer phase. This enables practical issues to be dealt with individually and in ways that are suitable for each student's professional field of application.

Kick-off for the Paper and Pulp Technology Programme

Are you are interested in the University Programme Paper and Pulp Technology? Have you already registered or are planning to register for the programme? Then this kick-off event on 16 September 2022 is where you want to be!

The paper and pulp industry is incredibly diverse and so are the career opportunities for course graduates: Not only paper and pulp, but also bioproducts like sugar for chewing gum and vanilla flavouring come from the paper industry. This industry also plays an important role in times of climate change. You can learn how to make active contributions to climate protection, ranging from the sustainable use of wood to the production of green electricity.

Kick-off event for the university programme, which begins in October 2022:

  • September 16, 2022, 4 p.m.
  • Institute of Bioproducts and Paper Technology, Inffeldgasse 23

Well prepared: Congratulations to the Masters of Engineering Lean Management in Civil Engineering

In a festive ceremony at the end of July, sixteen graduates of the Master's Degree Programme Lean Management in Civil Engineering received their well-deserved degree certificates.

After 2 years, 4 semesters, 90 ECTS credit points, 34 courses, 41 lecturers from business and science, 16 master's theses and a total of 8000 hours spent working diligently on them, the graduates finally reached their 1 big goal: “At the beginning of our studies, we boarded a boat together and ventured out on a journey that took us all the way to graduation. We successfully made landfall today,” said the course spokesperson Christian Glatzl, thanking the “crew” at TU Graz, who accompanied the students of the master’s degree programme on their journey in an “extraordinary way”.

We wish the new experts in efficient civil engineering management all the best for their future projects!

More about the master's programme

From West to East and North and South: A Tunnel Road Trip

Students of the NATM Engineering master’s degree programme were on the road for about a fortnight with the aim of exploring tunnel construction sites in Austria, South Tyrol and Germany.

While theoretical foundations are important, they are just that, theoretical. What can be better than getting a “hands-on” experience of implementation in a real-world environment? And so the international participants of the NATM Tunnel Construction course set out in mid-June to familiarise themselves with Austrian tunnel construction practices by viewing numerous construction sites. Among the locations on the itinerary were the Brenner Base Tunnel, Trunk Line 2 of Munich’s S-Bahn, the Zentrum im Berg Leoben test and research facility, Linz urban motorway, the Tauernmoos pumped-storage plant and a new underground railway in Vienna.  With the opportunity to make lots of new contacts, the participants will also have great memories of various activities on the social programme. 

Salut et bienvenue: SpaceTech in Toulouse

Participants in the second in-person unit of the SpaceTech master’s degree programme finally had the chance to get another taste of space in France in July.

As always, the two-week in-person unit was packed with activities: besides courses on “Earth Observation” and “Business Engineering”, a lot of work was done on this year’s Central Case Project (CCP), with a presentation of the first ideas via a live video link from the ESA “Space4Innovation” event at ESTEC Noordwijk. The students got a behind-the-scenes look at space travel on a tour of the facilities of the French Space Agency CNES, the launching site of numerous satellites. The participants also had a lot of fun at the “Cité de l’Espace” theme park, where visitors can marvel at a full-scale replica of the 55-metre-high Ariane 5 rocket.

Inno-EBS event: from getting to know one another to building towers

Featuring a diverse programme, the first networking meeting of corporate and scientific partners took place on July 4 as part of the Inno-EBS innovation course.

Have you ever tried to build a tower as high as you can using only 20 pieces of spaghetti, a string and an adhesive strip…and then tried to place a marshmallow on top?

Although this sounds like something the office staff might get up to on hot summer days, the participants at the first Inno-EBS event took up this challenge, getting to know one another in the process and, of course, trying to achieve success! In addition, numerous presentations were given and discussion rounds were held on "Electronic-based Systems". The main topic was the shortage of skilled workers and how this can be addressed by promoting "women in technology" and offering specific training courses.

Learn more about the innovation course

Business administration knowledge as a career building block for technicians

Improving your knowledge of business administration to supplement your engineering degree programme can open up interesting leadership and management positions in promising industries.

From September 2022 and on, the following courses will be available for everyone who has already received an introduction to the area of administration and now would like to further develop their skills:

Once you’ve completed the course successfully, you will receive a certificate from TU Graz and possess valuable knowledge that will support you in your career, for example, as an entrepreneur, digitalization expert, or innovation manager.

Questions? Helmut Aschbacher is looking forward to hearing from you!

CompElev: Networking, Exchanging, Getting to Know One Other and Making Contacts

The first networking meeting organised by the CompElev qualification network took place in a relaxed atmosphere on 17 May.

The qualification network is funded by the FFG programme "Research Competences for the Economy". One of the network objectives, in addition to supporting professional qualification in the Smart Factory and Cyber Security subject areas, is to support the establishment of sustainable cooperations. For this reason, corporate as well as scientific partners were invited to share their experiences and competences with one another in an informal event. There was a lively exchange, for example, on the topic of "digital twins" and the different implementation statuses in the respective companies. We are particularly pleased about the fact that, overall, we received a lot of positive feedback about the training programme as a whole.

Learn more about the CompElev qualification network

We Are Happy to Introduce: GRETA - Green Tech Academy Austria

The new non-profit association for the promotion of green competences for business and society was presented at a press conference held at TU Graz on 24 May.

Based on the Erasmus+ project "Greenovet", the Green Tech Academy Austria (GRETA - Austria for short) was founded as the first Austrian centre of excellence for vocational training for green innovations by Green Tech Cluster Styria, WKO Steiermark, TU Graz, FH JOANNEUM and PH Steiermark, and the administrative office was set up at TU Graz. ‘We see ourselves as providing a bridge between education providers and interested companies and individuals,’ says Ernst Kreuzer, GRETA managing director and head of TU Graz Life Long Learning. The focus is directed toward "green change": Innovative products and services should contribute to reducing the burden on our environment.

GRETA website

Link to the press release

Sustainable Construction: Decision-making Skills that Support Carbon Neutrality

Learn more on 23 June about the upcoming launch of the University Programme in Sustainable Construction to be offered in October 2022.

The construction sector is considered to be the largest single contributor of greenhouse gases; thus, there is a great potential in this sector to take action against the climate crisis. The University programme in Sustainable Construction gives you the opportunity to become actively involved in the field of architecture, construction and facility management as a future expert and to help shape a more climate-friendly future. You will learn how to take a holistic perspective of a building's life cycle and how to make decisions that encourage the frugal, economic and socially compatible use of resources both in the present and the future.

Info session dates:

  • 23.06.2021, 5:30 p.m., at TU Graz
  • 28.06.2022, 5:30 p.m., at TU Vienna


MBA Programme on Leadership in Digital Transformation: Learn More and Register Now!

Get first-hand information and ask all your burning questions at the upcoming online info event on August 24, 2022.

We will provide you with information about the programme content, organizational processes as well as ways for you to define an individual area of specialization. It is possible for you to customize the programme, for example, by choosing one of the six areas of specializations in the following application fields:

We warmly welcome you to participate!

SpaceTech Programme Launched with New Certificate Programme Director

Franz Teschl takes over the scientific direction of the programme from Otto Koudelka and is able to welcome a participant from NASA for the first time.

Even though the “Welcome Ceremony” could not take place in presence at TU Graz at the end of April as planned, international programme participants from Europe, Asia and the USA could be warmly welcomed online by the new scientific director of the Master’s Degree Programme in Space Systems and Business Engineering. Franz Teschl, an expert in the area of microwave propagation at the Institute of Communication Networks and Satellite Communication, is particularly pleased that – in addition to participants from ESA, DLR and Airbus – a specialist from the NASA Johnson Space Center in Maryland could take part for the first time this year. This allowed even more direct interactions among the students, especially with regard to commercial human spaceflight.

Decision-making in Action: Leadership Training in Complex Situations with Virtual Reality

With the help of VR goggles, course participants were put into a real-time decision-making situation at the beginning of March and had to solve a real-life scenario.

Virtual Reality (VR) technologies are highly useful and sustainable in many fields. In this course, participants had the chance to test their leadership skills virtually in a digitalized, real-time Red Cross scenario. In this spontaneous role-play situation where VR goggles provided a ‘real’ environment and the course instructors presented interpersonal challenges, participants could experience and then reflect on their individual leadership behaviour. In addition to the virtual leadership experience, other current VR technology concepts were presented.

The training offered in cooperation with DIH-Süd is free of charge for EPUs and SME employees.

Next date: 1 July 2022


Early Bird Discounts for Enrolment in Master's Degree Programmes in Traffic Accident Research

Those who enrol in the Master’s Degree Programme in Traffic Accident Research or Aviation Safety by 30 April 2022 will get a discount on their course fees.

Whether it’s on the ground or in the air, as the volume of traffic increases, so does the likelihood of accidents. In the two Master's Degree Programmes in Traffic Accident Research, you will learn how to reconstruct all types of accidents. This will enable you to develop preventive improvement measures based on the investigation results and help to prevent future accidents. In an on-site crash test lab, it’s possible to illustrate the effect of various forces impacting vehicles (e.g. cars, bicycles) and the human body in the event of a collision.

Next starting date: 21 September 2022

Details about the Master's Degree Programmes in Traffic Accident Research und Traffic Accident Research – Aviation Safety

Digital Skills Checks: Support for Continuing Education in the Field of Digitalization

The Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs is providing support for SME employees that enables them to gain higher qualifications until 30 November 2022.

Specifically, funding is being provided for professional continuing education activities designed to build digital skills, which are being carried out at recognized educational institutions. This also includes universities. Courses, training courses and training sessions must be completed and invoiced within 18 months of submitting the application. These can only be started once the application for the digital skills check has been filed.

Funding for TU Graz Life Long Learning offers is also possible!  However, please make sure to verify on an individual basis whether you are really eligible for funding!

Details and the contact for applying for funding can be found on the Website of FFG.

LLL offers for Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation Backstage - Success Factors & Tools

In our Expert Spotlight on 21 April, the focus is on "data". Join the discussion with Gert Breitfuss from Know-Center and Oliver Greifenstein from Dynatrace.

Digital transformation is not possible without data. But what data do we need and where does the data come from? What do I actually want to achieve with data? What benefits are possible? How must the data be processed? And what are the success factors of a market leader in the software industry?

In this free online Expert Spotlight, you will not only get a sneak peek into the methods and tools applied to efficiently use data, such as "Data Service Cards" and "Data Service Canvas", but also get a chance to take a look behind the scenes of Dynatrace's product development.

WHEN: Thursday, 21 April, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Register here

Building with concrete: How can undesirable cracking be avoided in planning and execution?

In April, the course Restraint Stresses and Crack Width Control in Structural Concrete Members will be held. Interested persons can still register.

In general, buildings not only have to fulfil specific purposes, but also fulfil requirements in terms of their visual appearance. This also applies to concrete and reinforced concrete construction. In this case, for example, undesirable cracks can form depending on heat developments and the component geometry. The most efficient solution is offered by considering the actual behaviour of the components based on their deformation.

In this course, therefore, a deformation-based calculation model for mechanically consistent constraint design is presented, additionally considering the current standard regulations and their application limits.

Dates: 11 and 12 April

Registration Deadline: 27 March 2022


Digital Innovation Hub South: Supported Know-how for SMEs

Free continuing education courses offered by TU Graz help SMEs to remain competitive in the digital age.

The DHI South initiative is open to all SMEs located in southern Austria that want to push forward their digital transformation. The focus is placed on the topics of production and manufacturing technologies, security, data science, digital business models and processes, logistics, human resources and young scientists. TU Graz is one of 5 digital centres and offers the following courses, among others:

DIH South will receive funding from the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) for the next three years.

More information

Expert Spotlights: Concise Knowledge Transfer and Exciting Discussions

On 24 March, our free online event series will kick off again with the topic "Digital Services".

"Are you still investing or are you already earning?" This is the provocative question that will serve as the basis for discussion in our first Expert Spotlight in 2022.
Konrad Diwold, Key Researcher for Cognitive Products at the Competence Centre Pro2Future, and Stefan Pfeffer, Managing Director at Microtronics Engineering, will not only provide interesting insights into how smart services are currently influencing markets and industries, but also will explain "lived digitalisation" from different perspectives. They will also share their research and daily business experiences. During the discussion, the speakers will make one thing plain: SMEs can also take advantage of the IoT (Internet of Things) megatrend and shore up their core competences in the process!

Date: 24 March, 17:00 - 18:00, Registration

Dinner is served: Food Chemistry and Technology course kicks off again!

Are you working in the area of food production or processing? Apply now to take part in the next course as part of our acclaimed continuing education offers!

In just 4 modules, you have the opportunity to gain fundamental knowledge about microbiology, food chemistry and analysis, but also specialised knowledge about allergies, intolerances, or food quality assessment methods.

Learn how to develop new innovative and high-quality food products and actively respond to the increased demand from consumers for high-quality, regional food.

Have we tantalized your tastebuds?

Next start date: 7 October 2022, application deadline: 17 July 2022

Course details

The course will be held in cooperation with the Styrian Food Hub.

Learn Repair Café: Learn how electronics work with real devices

As part of the FFG-funded project "Innovationslehrgang Inno-EBS", the Café’s practical learning format helps participants acquire sustainable skills.

Why do devices quit working after two or three years? How can they be repaired? As an engineer, how can I build them so that they last as long as possible? How can we redesign business models so that sustainable electronics are advantageous for both consumers and manufacturers?

As part of the multi-year qualification project for employees at Austrian companies from the electronics sector, Dominik Berger initiated the Learn & Repair Cafés. These Café’s help participants experience how electronics work by giving them the chance to repair real, supposedly unusable devices and to consolidate the knowledge acquired. They also raise awareness for the need to manufacture such products sustainably.

More Learn Repair Cafés will follow.

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Digital Competence Elevator: Never stand still!

Holding true to its corporate philosophy, the DAM company uses the "CompElev" qualification programme to stay in tune with the times.

The Styrian company DAM is a global leader in automotive testing and assembly. Machine safety is Bernhard Schütz's area of responsibility. He has been participating in the FFG-funded CompElev training programme since March 2021. Since industrial robots are used in the company, he decided to focus on the key area of robotics. “From the basic module to the advanced module, this area included all sorts of interesting and valuable topics and insights that I can already implement in my daily work. In particular, the application of collaborative robots made for an exciting story, and we were allowed to adapt these robots practically in the lab,” says Bernhard Schütz, adding “I am already looking forward to the planned training modules in 2022!”

Harnessing military management and leadership expertise for economic enterprises

Improve your management and leadership skills in a university course offered in cooperation with the Theresian Military Academy.

“Leading means: ensuring survival,” says Alexander Gstrein, principal education officer for didactics and methodology at the Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt. Even if this statement seems somewhat drastic, it reflects the reality of enterprises operating in the free market. The continuing education programme “Applied Management Behaviour in the Digital Transformation", therefore, is aimed at (future) managers from all sectors and has been developed to help them meet the current challenges associated with digital ecosystems, business models and transfer phases in companies.

Online Info Events:

Seize opportunities: Continuing education 2022!

In 2022 we will continue to provide you with technical, scientific and techno-economic know-how in a wide range of courses and programmes!

Are you well equipped for the next professional years with your current technical knowledge? Are you satisfied with your interdisciplinary skills? Does digitalisation make you uncomfortable? Are you actually doing what you really want to do?

Take a look at our extensive range of continuing education courses and get new impetus for your professional challenges of tomorrow!

We support you with innovative and technology-supported didactic concepts as well as with practice-relevant content and transfer projects.

Courses and programmes by thematic Clusters

Courses on digital transformation

Review 2021

SpaceTech: Mission completed in Bremen 2021

The Space Tech Expo Europe in Bremen is the most important annual event on space travel in Europe. LLL SpaceTech Ambassador Peter Schrotter was there.

The countdown has started: As planned, the successful master's programme SpaceTech will begin again in March 2022. The programme manager visited the Expo in Bremen in search of unknown worlds and the latest industrial developments. Among other things, he discovered exciting initiatives from the realm of European spaceports, but also from the orbital rocket manufacturers’ start-up scene.

"It’s so gratifying to see that interest in space technology is constantly growing, just like the industry itself is," says Peter Schrotter. He adds "This meant that I could attract new prospective students to our course by holding numerous personal conversations." Mission completed.

Solving the time-crunch dilemma: Continuing education with a job and family

University programmes require you to invest additional time. But how can you achieve the right balance between continuing education, work, family and hobbies?

"Compatibility" is the buzzword that one hears frequently in discussions about encouraging working people to take part in continuing education activities. However, those providing such offers rarely specifically define what you can expect. LLL provides you with this clarity by:

  • Improving plannability (providing a fixed timetable in advance)
  • Reduced the amount of on-site attendance required (supplemented by online teaching)
  • Flexible management for distance-learning elements (e.g. digital materials, videos)

Also considering discussing which time slots you can use with your family and employer and present the advantages of acquiring more expertise! Our programme managers will also be happy to advise you!

Career Building Block: Alexander Passer is the New Head of the "Sustainable Construction" Programme

The renowned TU Graz scientist takes over from Peter Maydl and now heads the successful programme together with Karin Stieldorf (TU Vienna).

On 21 October, Alexander Passer welcomed the new participants in the certificate and master's programme "Sustainable Construction" for the first time in his new position at TU Graz. Passer is Associate Professor for Sustainable Construction and is passionately committed to the topic of sustainability in construction. One of his main research areas is "Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA)". On the opening day as part of the course "Sustainability in the Construction Sector", he was able to share his expertise with the participants, communicating his conviction that the construction sector has an enormous potential to make a positive contribution to developments in the global climate.

Graduation with a "Seal of Approval”

We congratulate the graduates of the university course Food Chemistry and Technology for the certificate they have received!

This last year was particularly challenging for all participants and lecturers involved in the university course of Food Chemistry and Technology. It was necessary to switch to online teaching wherever possible, but, at the same time, to hold the necessary in-presence class sessions in compliance with the required COVID-19 measures. Therefore, we are all the more pleased that this course could be successfully carried out and that the participants were able to acquire solid, state-of-the-art specialist knowledge that will come in handy when they carry out their professional activities in the food industry. On 1 October, the graduates were able to receive their well-deserved certificate in a small ceremony. We wish them all the best!

Green Light Means Go for the GREENOVET Project

The keystone has been set. The strategy paper has been finalised for establishing a centre of excellence for vocational training for green innovations. And now…

On 16 September, as part of the Erasmus+ project GREENOVET, the strategy that will be used to establish "Centers of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs)" was finalised in an intensive workshop held at TU Graz. Workshop participants addressed the challenges and the added value for the region of Styria, derived priorities for a competence centre for green innovation and clearly outlined educational offers for different target groups. Workshop organisers supported the operational cooperation of all partners involved. Now, it’s simply a matter of taking the first steps to establish the centre, whereby the set framework will be further supplemented, expanded and modified in a dynamic development process.

Learn more about the project

TU Graz awards partial scholarships for the Master's programme Leadership in Digital Transformation

Third scholarships will be awarded exclusively for the start of the programme in March 2022. Applications for these are open until 15 January 2022.

One of the reasons why those hungry for further education often fail to realise their ambitions is the lack of financial resources. With the partial scholarships, we want to support, among others, all TU Graz alumni as well as top-qualified women who choose the basic module "Fundamentals in Computer Science" in financing their next career step. For people who have successfully applied for a scholarship, the participation fee for the Master's programme is 16,600 euros (VAT-free) instead of 24,900 euros (cannot be combined with early bird bonus).

Interested? Details here as well as at info evenings on
23 November 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (registration)
25 November 2021 at 5:00 p.m., focus on financing (registration)

Uncertain and Digital: How Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs Are Shaping a Future that No One Can Really Imagine

Join the discussion at our upcoming online Expert Spotlight on 21 October 2021!

What can we learn from entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs? How does the "Effectuation approach" work? And how can entrepreneurship be developed and promoted as a "life skill"? In this Expert Spotlight, we will discuss what core competences entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs need to have and to use to deal with the uncertainty they encounter in everyday business life.

The keynote speakers:

  • Elisabeth Stiegler (TU Graz, entrepreneurship and business model researcher, board member of the Gründungsgarage (Start-up Garage))
  • Michael Faschingbauer (ICG and Effectuation Intelligence, consultant and book author)

WHEN and WHERE: Thursday, 21 October 2021, 6 – 7 p.m., ONLINE

SCIENCE FOR FUTURE: Research-based Continuing Education at TU Graz

Life Long Learning was able to present its continuing education offers at the interdisciplinary Science Day held on September 29th at TU Graz.

TU Graz scientists provided exciting insights into and perspectives on their research activities, placing a special focus on climate and energy and using a mixture of keynotes, workshops, lectures, panel discussions and an accompanying poster exhibition.

The "Fields of Expertise" at TU Graz also serve as inspiration for the continuing education offers from Life Long Learning. At our info points, interested people could learn more about the Greenovet project, our continuing education initiative in the field of digital transformation, and the special courses and training programmes offered on a diversity of topics, such as sustainable construction, hydropower, paper and pulp technology, and smart neighbourhood development.

How cool is that: A Master’s Degree in SpaceTech!

We congratulate all graduates of the international Master's Degree Programme "SpaceTech2020" and wish them all the best for the future!

At long last, we were able to hold a graduation ceremony our distinguished auditorium. Those who were able to attend the ceremony attended in person, while those and their relatives who chose to stay home were able to view the traditional ceremony via livestream.   

The highlight of this year's "Central Case Project (CCP)", which was sponsored by ESA and was located in the fields of "Space Situational Awareness", "Space Domain Awareness" and "Space Traffic Management", was the presentation given to a wide audience in July both on site in the Netherlands and online. The presentation introduced the NAVIR company, which was founded as part of the project, and its marketable "GEOScan" products and services.

More information about the Master's degree programme

Take a Look: Our Digital Transformation Training Offer at a Glance

Our new landing page Digital Transformation provides an overview of the diverse and comprehensive opportunities for continuing education in the field of digitalisation.

The training portfolio also includes innovative offers, so that a high degree of individualisation and training tailored to personal needs is possible. These include various educational tracks and degree options in the Leadership in Digital Transformation course, individually bookable university courses and flexibly applicable continuing education vouchers for companies. On this page, you will find the bundled expertise of TU Graz that supports employees and companies in maintaining and further expanding their future viability in the labour and economic market.

Details at digitaletransformation.tugraz

Kick-off for the Paper and Pulp Technology Programme

Are you are interested in the University Programme Paper and Pulp Technology? Have you already registered or are planning to register for the programme? Then this kick-off event on 17 September 2021 is where you want to be!

The paper and pulp industry is incredibly diverse and so are the career opportunities for course graduates: Not only paper and pulp, but also bioproducts like sugar for chewing gum and vanilla flavouring come from the paper industry. This industry also plays an important role in times of climate change. You can learn how to make active contributions to climate protection, ranging from the sustainable use of wood to the production of green electricity.

Kick-off event for the university programme, which begins in October 2021:

  • September 17, 2021, 4 p.m.
  • Institute of Bioproducts and Paper Technology, Inffeldgasse 23

Exclusively for companies: Vouchers for modules from the Leadership in Digital Transformation programme

Companies are offered 21 flexible training modules as part of Corporate Life Long Learning (CL3) initiative.

Starting in autumn 2021, TU Graz Life Long Learning is offering two course models that address and provide solutions for entrepreneurial problems in the area of continuing education and training. The issues to be tackled include dissemination of knowledge within the company, greater flexibility in the acquisition of knowledge content and the effectiveness of training measures.

Model CL3 Teams: Participants in the master’s programme receive 4 module vouchers for up to 4 colleagues to complete individual modules from the degree programme.
Model CL3 Enterprise: Companies can purchase module packages with 7, 14 or 21 module vouchers at a flat rate and distribute them to employees as required.

Interested? Details are available at the programme's page.

Of power houses, dams and structural supervision

On excursions to the Zillertal Alps, participants of the University Programme in Hydropower became familiar with impressive turbines and dams.

The Zemm-Ziller storage power plants are part of the most powerful power plant group in Austria, generating more than 1,240 million kWh of electricity per year from natural intakes. Along with the Durlassboden high mountain reservoir, they served as an exciting backdrop for the in-person courses “Krafthaus und Kavernen” (Powerhouse and Caverns) and “Bauwerkssicherung und -überwachung” (Building Security and Monitoring). The participants were able to experience theoretical concepts directly on site. These included operation of the Durlassboden outlet works, which can regulate water flow into the stream below in the event of a necessary lowering or draining (e.g. for maintenance). 

More information about the hydropower course.

Excursion days to sustainable construction projects

For the participants in the University Programme in Sustainable Construction, the last two days of attendance in the semester were all about “work and pleasure”.

After a written examination and presentation of the group work on day 1, the students were rewarded with a joint trip to southern Styria touring selected sustainable construction projects and indulging in the region's excellent cuisine. Day 2 was dedicated to the city of Graz. Guided tours to landmarks of the historical city centre (Schloßberg), revitalised buildings (Schlossbergmuseum, Kulturstollen plus slide), modern examples of building service systems (Kunsthaus, Joanneumsviertel) and a construction site tour of the urban development area “Reininghaus” were on the itinerary. A final discussion at StadtLABOR concluded the excursion days.

Electronic Based Systems: Creating Networks Between Research and Industry

At the end of June, representatives from research and industry and participants in the "Inno-EBS" course discussed hurdles and potentials for collaboration.

While gaining insights into the services offered, more than 80 participants in this virtual event discussed how hurdles between business and research could be overcome and what tasks could be carried out together more effectively than alone.

The conclusion reached: Representatives and participants were not always pursuing the same goals. But in this respect as well, the motto two heads are better than one especially applied when supporting advances in innovative topics and identifying future technologies. After all, by working together, we not only have complementary competencies, but also complementary infrastructure and funding opportunities.

And what first step would the participants of the Inno-EBS-course like to take?

To ensure that the "EBS Day" becomes a recurring event for joint exchange and networking.

Centre of Excellence for Green Innovations to be Established at TU Graz

As part of the EU project GREENOVET, a concept for the first Austria-wide vocational training centre of excellence for green innovations is being developed. 

Since November 2020, TU Graz has taken part in the international project GREENOVET - Green Innovation for a Sustainable Future, which is being carried out together with 18 partners from four different EU countries.

The primary goal is to promote the development of excellence in vocational education and support an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy. The first centre of its kind in Austria will be established at TU Graz in 2022.

Currently, a customized concept for Styria is being developed: Based on the identified needs and a survey of the available offers (e.g. trainings) in relevant application fields (e.g. mobility), the strategic orientation will be finalized by the end of September.

Read more: Project GREENOVET

University Programme Leadership in Digital Transformation – Online Application Now Possible!

Whether your plans are clear or you’re still undecided, this notice is for you! The online application form is now accessible, and another online info event will take place on 23 June.

Take advantage of the 4 education paths and 3 certification options: From now on, all those who are interested can apply online for the part-time Leadership in Digital Transformation programme. All participants who complete the application by 30 June 30 2021, will receive an early bird bonus of 10% off the participation fees.

Are you still unsure whether the content and focus are right for you or whether time and finances make participation is at all possible for you?

Simply take part in our information event on 23 June 23 at 5 p.m. or contact Helmut Aschbacher (Programme Management) to schedule a personal consultation.

LEAD transformation!

All Hell is Breaking Loose in Space!

In the master's degree programme in Space Systems and Business Engineering (SpaceTech), the increasing amount of space traffic as well as space pollution are burning topics.

One look at images of our Earth's orbit leaves no doubt that a lot is going on up there. More than a thousand active and inactive satellites, as well as millions of pieces of wreckage and asteroid fragments, share the orbit. Dicey situations inevitably arise, including collisions. The international participants in the SpaceTech master's degree programme are tackling this problem in their central case study project. Technically feasible and economically attractive solutions will be developed on the topics of space situational awareness, space domain awareness and space traffic management, and these solutions will ultimately be presented to potential investors.

You might also be interested in: SpaceTech Alumni Symposium on 23 July 2021

Get More Info and Register Now: University Programme on Sustainable Construction 2021

The part-time certificate and master's programme from TU Graz and TU Vienna allows you to learn about the latest developments in sustainable construction.

Sustainable construction means optimising the present and future use of a building while minimising the environmental impacts and costs over its life cycle. This means considering how materials and energy are consumed but also how waste is recycled. Additional topics addressed are: Design aspects (architecture), social aspects (e.g. neighbourhood) and the regional sourcing of building materials and craftmanship.

This university programme has been developed especially for managers, planners and project developers in the building sector and public administration.

  • Info event: 22 June 2021, 5:30 p.m.; ONLINE
  • Early bird special offer until 30 May 2021
  • Programme start date: 21 October 2021

More information: Sustainable Construction

Tunnel Construction Worldwide

International students can present “their” construction sites in the university programme NATM Engineering.

How is work carried out on tunnel construction sites in Colombia and what specific challenges arise when constructing tunnels in Singapore?

The university programme in NATM Engineering, which started back up on April 6, involves international participants who share their diverse professional experiences. In addition, students who have already worked or are currently working on tunnelling projects worldwide provide insights into the projects by means of online presentations and field reports. In the subsequent discussion rounds with teachers and other participants, both the most diverse and shared approaches will be discussed.

We wish all participants an exciting first module and look forward to welcoming them back to Styria in person!

LEAD Transformation! Online Information Event for the New University Programme

Pick up first-hand information about the Leadership in Digital Transformation programme at a Webex event on 21 April 2021.

At this event, you will receive information about the programme content and focus, learn how you can individually design and complete the programme, and find out how the organisational procedures work.

At this information event, you will also have the chance to meet Prof. Stefan Vorbach (Programme Director) and Helmut Aschbacher (Programme Management). They will be happy to answer your questions!

Click here to register for the information event on 21 April 2021.

Two more online information events will take place on 19 May 2021 and 23 June 2021.

Please note that you can take advantage of an early bird bonus if you send in your completed application by no later than 30 June 2021. Spaces are limited (first come, first served)!

Save the Date: Webinar - The Revenge of Small and Medium-sized Cities

Those interested are invited on 6 May 2021 to discuss the urgent need for urban development and to share lessons learned from the current pandemic.

Migration flows, climate change and the pandemic are challenges that are also currently affecting the development of cities and towns.
In this online pre-event for the university course Smart District Development in Small and Medium-Sized Cities, we want to talk to interested individuals and jointly map out a path to support climate neutrality, digitalisation, and sustainable settlement and urban development. At the same time, we want to listen to the experiences and specific expectations shared by the potential course participants. These aspects will be considered during the programme development and built into the thematic course framework (public space, mobility, inner development, governance, energy, technology).

When: Thursday, 6 May 2021, 1 – 3 p.m.
Registration: until 3 May 2021 by sending an e-mail to urbanoSpam@tugraz.at

New Course Offers: Digital Business Innovation Basics

For everyone who has an idea for an innovative product or is planning to digitally set up or alter their company or business model.

Flexible, proactive, anticipatory and proactive: Agility is one of the decisive characteristics of successful companies. Knowing how to carry out a digital transformation can help ensure the future viability of a company and its staff. In the new University course Digital Business Innovation Basics, you will acquire comprehensive knowledge about technologies, business models and business processes in the digital age. In a final project, you will have the opportunity to develop a concept specifically for your business field.

Deadline: 28 April 2021 (starts with an online pre-module)

Apply: by no later than 15 April 2021


R&D Competences for Industry: TU Graz Trains Innovative Companies

Digitalisation, smart factory and cyber security are highlighted in the new CompElev qualification project that started at the beginning of March.

In order to develop and successfully apply their individual and cross-company digitisation strategies, 125 staff members from 22 companies will take part in the knowledge transfer of TU Graz (consortium leadership and scientific management: Institute of Production Engineering, project management: Life Long Learning), Joanneum Research and FH CAMPUS 02 from March and on.

The focus is placed not only on increasing technical expertise in the areas of smart technologies, robotics, the Internet of Things, digital communication, data management and safety and security, but also on social aspects of the transformation.

The training programme is supported by the Federal Ministry for Digitalisation and Economic Affairs as part of the FFG programme R&D Competencies for Industry.

New Thematic Cluster at LLL Continuing Education: Techno-Economics

In the Techno-Economics cluster, we offer both cross-sectoral training courses and place a focus on management, technology and economics.

What good is the best idea or invention if it can’t be turned into new products, services, or processes in an economically sustainable way?

The courses in the field of techno-economics combine technical knowledge with business know-how, strengthening the innovative power of employees and companies.

The core target group includes specialists and managers at all management levels who want to acquire cross-over competencies and leadership knowledge through specific continuing education. This is offered in our new university programme Leadership in Digital Transformation as well as in our new course Digital Business Innovation Basics.

LLL Kicks Off the Online Expert Spotlights Series

Starting on March 4, 2021, we’ll be offering exciting discussions and talks with experts on the topics of digital transformation and research-based continuing education.

Stefan Vorbach (TU Graz) and Kurt Mayer (ICG) will kick off the event with a discussion on the human factor: What key competencies are needed for the digital transformation? They will look at the topic from several different angles.

Join the discussion! This event series is free of charge and will be held online.

The next Online Expert Spotlight event is coming up soon and will take place on April 8 on the topic of changes in mobility through digitalisation.

Details and registration: www.tugraz.at/go/lll-expert

Pump up your BIM: Seminar series started!

This seminar series in the form of modules has been developed in cooperation with the Civil Engineers’ Form (Ziviltechniker-Forum) and covers practical Building Information Modeling (BIM) basic information as well as different application areas.

Digitalisation entered the construction industry many years ago. Now, it’s just a matter of remaining competitive and familiarising yourself with the new standards. Building Information Modeling can be used as a tool to digitise, network, model and visualise all relevant building or structure data as a 3D model. In this way, it’s possible to optimise and clearly illustrate all processes – from planning, design and construction and on to operation and management.

The modules will be held from January to June 2021.

Details: www.tugraz.at/go/lll-bimfit

Degree options for university programmes

Depending on the duration and intensity of the course, it possible for participants to apply for different degrees.

University programme with more than 30 ECTS
The shortest form of the university programme lasts 1 to 2 semesters (part-time). If they pass all courses (including any project work), the participants receive a certificate attesting to their newly acquired competencies.

University programme with more than 60 ECTS
All participants who have successfully completed the part-time 3- to 4-semester university programme receive the title of academic expert or engineer.

Master’s programme from 90 ECTS and on
Those who participate in the part-time 5- to 6-semester university programme receive a master's degree upon successful completion (incl. master’s thesis): Depending on the content, this can be a Master of Engineering (MEng) or Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Part-time master's programmes and university programmes

2021: Continuing Education in the TU Graz Fields of Expertise

The annual programme for 2021 provides you with an overview of the continuing education offers at TU Graz Life Long Learning.

Scientists offer their expertise in the strongest research areas at TU Graz in specific ways through continuing education. The practical implementation of this expertise plays an essential role in this process. In the annual programme, therefore, we are focussing on the TU Graz Fields of Expertise (FoE), which are also reflected in our courses and master’s programmes. We want to address the needs of individuals as well as companies that want to improve their employees’ qualifications.

NEW: Leadership in Digital Transformation, which offers individual and flexible educational tracks for technicians and non-technicians serving in key functions as well as for junior managers in all industries.

You can order a free copy of the annual programme!

Review 2020

Happy Birthday – 15 Years of TU Graz Life Long Learning (LLL)

Experienced, research-based, service-oriented and future-oriented: True to the motto We care about continuing education, Life Long Learning begins the next 15-year phase with an innovative continuing education programme.

The commitment of researchers, teachers and institute members of TU Graz has made it possible for the Life Long Learning continuing education programme to establish itself firmly in recent years and support the rapid, flexible, and competent transfer of expertise into practice for specific applications. Mahhad Nayyer, a participant in the international master’s programme SpaceTech adds: The highly specialised course catalogue that are offered on a part-time basis for working students is unique.

Now, we are placing the main focus on the rapidly advancing digitalisation. For this reason, we are comprehensively expanding our offers in the area of digital transformation!

AirCampus Podcast: 15 Years of Life Long Learning (in German)

Stay up do date!

Sustainably Planning and Building (in) the Future

The participants of this year's university programme Sustainable Construction kicked off their first semester in November with a virtual opening ceremony from TU Vienna and TU Graz.

The topic of sustainability is just as important as ever and has been emphasised even further through the Austrian federal government’s legislative programme in 2020.

The time is ripe to seize opportunities in the construction industry as well! Both the production costs of buildings and, above all, the life cycle costs are occupying the spotlight, and the design aspect – the architecture – is being clearly connected with the sustainability goals. The in-service course addresses the topics of the expansion of greenspace, social aspects such as neighbourhoods, but also regional sourcing of building materials and craftsmanship.

We wish all participants every success and look forward to meeting them in person soon!

Hydropower in Kaprun: A Window to the Stator

Fascinating insights were provided during the tour of the pumped-storage power plant in Kaprun-Oberstufe and Limberg 2 as part of the master's programme in Hydropower in October.

Two days of presence teaching…two days of simply sitting and listening…sounds boring? Not at all! In the master's programme in Hydropower, the course on storage and pumped-storage power plants was electrified by an on-site visit: In Kaprun (Salzburg), students had a chance to see not only the impressive, enormous dam walls of the Verbund power plant at the foot of the Großglockner, but also the extraordinary dimensions of the Limberg 2 control units, their drive systems and the rotating vertical turbine shaft of a pump turbine (see video). One aspect, however, was particularly impressive: When peeking through the glass window at the stator of the horizontal ternary machine located on the upper level, one could see the stator laminations.

Good to Know: University Course, Course, or Seminar?

Life Long Learning offers you the possibility to use different programme formats to support your continuing education. But what is really the difference between a university course, course, and seminar?

The university course: A fixed curriculum is developed and approved in advance. The curricular content and time plan are thus clearly regulated, and ECTS credits are also awarded. In addition, a university class ends with an examination, and participants who successfully pass this examination receive a certificate.

The course and the seminar: These are offers that do not have a fixed curriculum. Therefore, they can be adapted to meet the specific needs of the participants (in terms of content and time plan) in consultation with the lecturers. No performance assessment is made; the participants receive a confirmation of participation after they complete the course or seminar.

Still have questions?

Here is an overview of ou university courses, courses and seminars

Master’s Degree Programme Lean Management in Civil Engineering Enters the Second Round!

On September 14, 19 participants from the field of engineering entered the Master’s Degree Programme in Lean Management in Civil Engineering.

There is a continual demand for the development of more efficient processes in construction projects and, thus, also for experts who can carry out these processes. “Lean” thinking means thinking in terms of “no move too many or too few”, thinking skills that are applied to developing lean and perfectly planned production processes for use in the automotive industry.

Participants in the university programme can expect to take part in a programme that prepared them for the future and includes modules on lean management, construction project management, life-cycle-oriented construction, construction business economics, building information modeling and soft skills. Excursions to best-practice construction sites as well as to production facilities in the automotive industry will provide valuable practical insights.

We wish all the participants an exciting semester!


Coronavirus: Presence and Online Teaching in Continuing Education in WS 2020/21

Courses, classes and programmes at TU Graz Life Long Learning will also take place in person again from autumn and onwards.

Even though we have all learned a great deal about digital teaching in the last few months and have added to our portfolio of courses offered online: Physical presence cannot and should not be replaced everywhere. Therefore, we are looking forward to meeting our participants in person again and have developed a COVID-19 safety concept for each course or class that meets the respective requirements. This is not only because we want to ensure your professional advancement, but also because your health is important to us.

Selection of courses with physical presence* in autumn:

Learn more and register now!

* subject to potentially necessary additional COVID-19 measures

Online Info-Session regarding the University Programme in Sustainable Construction

An online information event as part of the master’s and certificate programmes will be offered from 16 September 2020 and on.

The time is coming soon. On November 5, 2020, the University Programme in Sustainable Construction will enter its next round. This time, the topics will include energy and material efficiency, emission reduction, recycling management, life cycle costs and the careful use of existing buildings, as well as safety, functionality and building culture.

Applications can be submitted until September 28, 2020.

Still undecided? You can get more information first-hand from the programme leader Karin Stieldorf at the upcoming online info session:

16 September 2020, 4:30 – around 6 p.m.
By sending an e-mail to officenoSpam@nachhaltigesbauen.eu, you can receive your access data.

More information about the programme: www.tugraz.at/go/nachhaltigesbauen and www.nachhaltigesbauen.eu

Practical Online Teaching II!

The University Programme in Hydropower as an Example of Best Practice at Life Long Learning.

When it comes to digitalisation in teaching, lecturers and participants in the University Programme can already draw on a wealth of experience: The programme is principally carried out as distance learning, but units with compulsory attendance have now had to be moved to a virtual space. The examination modalities have not changed: The exam questions are made available via the TU Graz virtual learning platform at a specific time and have to be completed (offline) within a certain period of time and then uploaded again. Margot Jaberg, programme manager, gives the following tip: Ideally, these should be comprehension questions or tasks that might be encountered in the daily practice. In this way, you can prevent students from merely copying learning materials.

Know-how for the Automobile Industry

The university courses Automotive Mechatronics and Automotive Quality Manager have been specifically developed for people working in the automotive industry.

The digital transformation began in the automotive industry long ago and is reflected in the increasing electrification and digitalisation of many vehicular systems.

The university course Automotive Mechatronics consists of 7 modules and is currently in great demand by employees of companies in the automotive industry worldwide.

International standards and norms in the development process are the focus of the 5-day university course Automotive Quality Manager, which also offers participants the opportunity to acquire the internationally recognised certificate ECQA Certified Automotive Quality Manager.

Inno-EBS prepares itself for a digital autumn

From this autumn and then on, knowledge transfer in Electronic Based Systems (EBS) will increasingly take place using a blended learning format.

Project managers and participants in the qualification project all agree: From this autumn and then on, the project should take off full steam ahead. To help participants plan their schedules, the four training tracks have been planned using in an online, blended-learning format. The kick-off introductory event will be held as a webinar on September 16. 

The objective of the training courses, which are funded by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs through the FFG programme entitled “R&D Competences for Industry”, is to increase professional and innovation competences in the areas of EBS Hardware, EBS Embedded Software, the EBS System and EBS Innovation in order to counterbalance the shortage of skilled workers.

Learn more about the Qualification Projects.

News from the Master’s Programme NATM Engineering

The measures established to slow the spread of COVID-19 have made it necessary to postpone the start date from autumn 2020 to spring 2021. The new start date is April 6, 2021.

The Master’s Degree Programme NATM Engineering: Construction, Rehabilitation and Operation of NATM- and TBM-Tunnels is in high demand, especially internationally, and the participants come to Austria from all continents all over the world. The course is now partly held online, which reduces the need to be physically present in Graz or Leoben and reduces the associated travel.

To shorten the waiting time for all those interested in tunnel construction: The NATM (New Austrian Tunnelling Method) is also being used in the construction of the Koralm Tunnel.

QUALITY and INNOVATION in Food Processing and Production

The course Food Chemistry and Technology supports representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises in the food industry, helping them acquire the competences they need to develop innovative and high-quality products.

Do you work in food processing or production? Would you like to expand your knowledge, deepen your basic understanding of processes used in food chemistry and learn more about current developments? Do you have an idea for an innovative product and are wondering what you need to consider while developing it?

The university course Food Chemistry and Technology will begin again on October 9, 2020. In this course, experts will share their broad knowledge about food items and how they are produced.

Registration deadline: 19 July 2020

Due to recent measures established to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), parts of this university course may also be held in the form of online teaching!

Find more information at: www.tugraz.at/go/LLL-LMCT

Podcast (in German): Zeit fürs Mahl

Financial Support for Your Continuing Education

Below, we provide information about two selected subsidies that can support your continuing education:

The City of Graz is providing support for its citizens in the form of the Grazer Fonds für Aufstieg und Entwicklung [Graz Fund for Advancement and Development]. This initiative has been developed to provide support for employed Graz citizens with low household incomes. This fund enables those who have the appropriate qualifications to receive financial support of up to 2,500 euros for vocational training. The funds cover part or all of the costs of courses, training, or retraining. Applications are now being accepted for the period 2020/21.

The promotion campaign Erfolgs!KURS led by the Styrian Business Promotion Agency (Steirischen Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft, SFG) provides support for Styrian companies (micro, small and medium-sized enterprises) or their employees, helping them receive continuing education in the fields of digitisation and internationalisation. Up to 2,500 euros can be granted per application. It is currently only possible to submit applications using the Citizen Card access.

Please make sure to carefully review the eligibility requirements for receiving individual funding and contact the respective funding agencies personally!

More information about other subsidies can be found on this page: Finances and Grants.

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.

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.

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/

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!

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

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

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

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

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

Review 2019

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!

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

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.

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.


Cheered on by family members, the beaming graduates of the SpaceTech master's programme received their graduation certificates in the TU Graz auditorium at the end of September.

The participants of the SpaceTech – Master of Engineering in Space Systems and Business Engineering have completed 18 months of intensive studying and hard work. The international specialists from renowned companies in the aerospace industry not only expanded the students’ technical knowledge, but also allowed them to gain insights into modern business practices and the management of international teams. But the heart of the master’s programme was a Central Case Project (CCP) in which students could find economic and technical solutions for the rapid detection of leaks in oil pipelines via satellites.

September showers bring ...!

Continuing Education 2020 with TU Graz Life Long Learning

Interested parties can order the annual programme 2020 fresh from the printing press and free of charge at lifelong.learningnoSpam@tugraz.at!

TU Graz Life Long Learning helps you improve your skills and enhance your professional career thanks to a range of around 40 courses and certificate programmes every month. 

See the preview of our extra-occupational master’s programmes, certificate programmes and courses in our freshly printed brochure. The latest additions to our 2020 programme include the master’s programme Lean Management in Civil Engineering and the AI Essentials course.

Please go to the relevant programme pages on our website for full details about our offers.

Contact us – we are happy to help!

About fish elevators and tilting weirs

Participants of the Hydropower university programme presented exciting master theses.

The content of the university programme is as diverse as the topics of the final theses submitted by participants of the master's programme. Here are just two of them:

One student submitted a concept-based study focusing on a space-saving hydro-fish elevator. A hydro-fish elevator is a patented mechanism that enables fish in the area of a hydroelectric power plant to travel comfortably up or down the river using an elevator car. 
The CFD study of an overflow tilting weir on the other hand has nothing to do with living fish in the conventional sense. Rather, it deals with problems of fluid dynamics. The tilting components of weirs, however, do have the shape of a fish belly.

The next university programme is due to start on 18 October 2019.

Details at: University Programme in Hydropower

Funding for your further education!

Continuing to educate yourself is a worthwhile investment in the future, but often requires financial resources. We have therefore done some research for you and updated the information on possibilities for financial support.

In order to ensure that financial difficulties do not deter people from enrolling to their desired course or programme, we have supplemented and updated our website with additional information on financial support options. You will now find other national and international databases on funding opportunities for further education and additional qualifications, including specific educational grants from various institutions such as the Chamber of Labour, job centre and Federal Economic Chamber, as well as from individual federal states at Finances and Grants.

In addition, there are discounts and rebates for individual Life Long Learning offers and an early bird bonus. Further information can be found directly in the individual web descriptions for courses and programmes.

There’s no accounting for taste?

The sensory analysis lab at TU Graz is fully equipped to do state-of-the-art food sensory analysis.

There are 15 testing booths where the aroma and taste of foods can be investigated. If needed, the booths can be illuminated with coloured light in order to cancel out effects of the colour of food on the perceived taste. A sample preparation kitchen is available right next to the testing room.

The sensory characteristics (aroma) of food are a focus of study at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry and also in the course Sensory Evaluation of Food from TU Graz Life Long Learning. Both introductory and advanced courses are available. Come and take a deep dive into sensory science!

The next advanced course will begin on 13 November 2019.

Course details

The Future of Building

The construction industry is going through a period of increasing pressure on prices and increasing complexity of projects. In response to this situation, TU Graz is looking at fundamentally new approaches. In the part-time certificate programme Lean Construction Management, managers in the construction industry of today and tomorrow will learn how building projects can be managed effectively and completed on time and within budget.

Besides new structures and technologies, the main focus of the course will be on organizational measures that can be applied on construction sites, in design teams and in administrative processes. This is the only course of its kind in the German-speaking countries. The first class will begin the course in September 2019. It was booked out shortly after registration was opened. The next class will start the course in 2020.

Course details

Blended Learning – getting the mix right

Many of the master’s programmes and courses of TU Graz Life Long Learning use the blended learning approach. What makes a perfect cocktail? The right mixture of many ingredients, each of high quality.

A good course equally depends on the right combination of subject matter with a suitable learning structure. Theoretical principles can usually be taught well in online learning formats. This is easier for people who are working and also for international students, who can save the trouble and expense of travelling to Graz. However, face-to-face teaching is unbeatable for personal discussions with experts and for networking with other students. Excursions to sites of interest also make theoretical understanding come to life.

Here you can find the master's programmes in SpaceTech, Traffic Accident Research and Hydropower, which use the blended learning approach.

LLL Summer Party 2019

This year, we warmly welcomed the warm months of the year again at our summer party, which has already become legendary.

Our party is nearly considered a yearly tradition at which we take the opportunity to thank all our internal lecturers and co-workers.

Once a year, we gather together in the courtyard and enjoy delicious snacks, crêpes and lots of ice cream to celebrate a successful year of cooperation and the end of the academic year at the same time.

The party was opened by kind words of welcome from the Head of TU Graz Life Long Learning, Christine Stöckler-Penz, and the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Detlef Heck. The celebration continued into the evening, offering a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

In doing so, we would like to express our thanks again for all the good work!

45th AUCEN Meeting

The network meeting for university continuing education and personnel development was held for the 45th time in Innsbruck. The participants met at the two-day AUCEN meeting to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the University of Innsbruck. The opening speech given in honour of the University of Innsbruck’s anniversary was held by Vice-Rector Bernhard Fügenschuh. The representatives of 20 member universities from all across Austria meet twice a year to discuss current issues in scientific continuing education. This time, participants discussed issues such as the status and development of scientific continuing education and personnel development in Austria and the recognition and accreditation of both informally and informally acquired competences.

You can find more information about the AUCEN Network at www.aucen.ac.at.

Data Science: From Big Data to Smart Data

With so much information readily available, sound handling of data is becoming more and more important ‒ for example, exploration, statistical modelling and proper interpretation. The 4-day course on June 13/14 and 27/28 focuses on data analysis with the open source software package R. In this way, the course content aims to impart structured basic knowledge together with practical exercises on your own laptop. Participants learn methods of data mining, classification, regression, clustering, dimensionality reduction and machine learning. By analysing many case studies from various disciplines, you will enhance your competences as a data scientist, which is a potential competitive advantage for companies.

More information about the course

Big Data: The Most Valuable Resource of the 21st Century

Data has become one of the most important resources of our time. The ability to skilfully analyse big data generates real additional entrepreneurial value. Participating in the Big Data Essentials course provides the ideal framework for structured engagement with big data, machine learning, advanced analytics and related tools and systems. The first module gives all candidates a comprehensive insight into big data, and in the two construction modules, we delve even deeper into the subject matter. The course addresses specialists such as IT staff, project and team leaders as well as project managers.

More information about the programme and registration

Let there be light! SPATIAL LIGHTING DESIGN course at TU Graz

A course for Spatial Lighting Design is offered as part of the Life Long Learning programme for the first time in 2019 and shines a spotlight on the subject of light.

Space, its materiality and light are causally linked to each other. Thanks to the sun, we are spoiled by a multitude of light qualities. That is why we make an effort to produce them with artificial light. As a result, a trained eye for causal relations and light quality is required as well as thorough basic knowledge of requirements and developments in lighting technology. says Prof. Irmgard Frank, director of the course. We have found the perfect corporate partner in XAL, a leading manufacturer of high-quality lights and lighting systems. By the end of the course, the participants will be able to apply and develop lighting solutions in the field of architecture.

Course begins: 1. July 2019
Register by 15 May 2019

Detail about the course

Space 4.0: Management and Monitoring of the Environment

The SpaceTech Symposium with this title organized by the SpaceTech Alumni Association in Noordwijk (the Netherlands) will take place on 28 June 2019.

Year after year, enormous amounts of valuable drinking water are lost through water supply pipelines due to leaks. Other pipelines pollute their environment with oil leaks. The early detection and location of leaks, therefore, is essential to minimise damage to the environment, population and economy. The observation of the Earth by satellites is especially beneficial in this respect, as is the prevention of soil erosion through agricultural use or the location of water sources.

This Symposium brings both suppliers and users of these resources together. Experts from around the world come together to discuss their ideas, business models and why environmental management from space has such an enormous potential.

More about the SpaceTech Symposium

New Content – New Knowledge!

The university programme in NATM Engineering will start in autumn 2019 and include additional content.

In the future, all necessary skills for the use of tunnel boring machines (TBM) will be taught along with the New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM). In addition, the new curriculum placed an increasing focus on tunnel repair and operation. However, digitalisation is also important to tunnel construction and plays an important role in the course. The innovations in machine technology and measuring technology as well as the increasing digitalisation are changing tunnel construction radically. We would like to provide the participants with insight into these new developments in tunnel construction, says Thomas Marcher, the recently appointed head of the Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunneling at TU Graz. By the end of the course, the graduates should be able to plan and construct tunnels independently in accordance with the NATM principles or oversee their construction in an advisory capacity.

Further information about the programme

Smart District Development

The university course Smart District Development in Small and Medium-Sized Cities has opened its doors for the first time at TU Graz.

Who hasn’t seen the signs: Orphaned city centres, vacant business premises, but traffic chaos in front of retail parks on the outskirts? Smaller towns and communities with only limited financial and human resources are especially vulnerable and are increasingly hard hit by negative developments of this kind.

A personal stake in the matter motivated many of the participants to start this university course and bring ideas and projects from their regions to the table. These range from the revitalization and redesign of squares to smart housing projects and the consideration of demographic developments in urban district design.

The lecturers not only support the participants and provide them with fundamental know-how, but also present all the latest findings and examples of (international) urban planning processes and urban planning projects.

Further information about the university course

Funding for your further education!

Continuing to educate yourself is a worthwhile investment in the future, but often requires financial resources. We have therefore done some research for you and updated the information on possibilities for financial support.

In order to ensure that financial difficulties do not deter people from enrolling to their desired course or programme, we have supplemented and updated our website with additional information on financial support options. You will now find other national and international databases on funding opportunities for further education and additional qualifications, including specific educational grants from various institutions such as the Chamber of Labour, job centre and Federal Economic Chamber, as well as from individual federal states at Finances and Grants.

In addition, there are discounts and rebates for individual Life Long Learning offers and an early bird bonus. Further information can be found directly in the individual web descriptions for courses and programmes.

The Time is Drawing Near! Evening Info Event in Graz!

The university course Sustainable Construction will be offered again, beginning on 25 April 2019!

The course is of interest to anyone who is working in the construction industry and would like to expand their skills in the area of sustainable construction: Energy and material efficiency, emission reduction, recycling management, life cycle costs and careful treatment of existing buildings are just as much a part of the course as safety, functionality, or building culture.

You can receive first-hand information by attending the information session on 21 January 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Bautechnikzentrum (Inffeldgasse 24, seminar room). Please register for the info day by sending an e-mail to: officenoSpam@nachhaltigesbauen.eu.

The deadline to sign up for the university course is 12 March 2019. If you apply by 5 February 2019, you can get an early bird bonus of 10% off the registration and participation fees.

Learn more about the university course: Sustainable Construction

Christine Stöckler-Penz is new Vice Spokesperson of AUCEN, the Austrian University Continuing Education and Staff Development Network

In November 2018, AUCEN, the Austrian University's Continuing Education and Staff Development Network, elected a new board, with Mag. Christine Stöckler-Penz, Head of TU Graz Life Long Learning, being re-elected as Vice Spokesperson of AUCEN.

As part of my work as an AUCEN board member, the exchange with educational policy stakeholders in Austria was and is important to me in order to highlight the increasing significance and impact of university/scientific further education in the context of lifelong learning. The involvement of AUCEN in educational policy projects/initiatives and in the context of AQ Austria's activities contributes significantly to the continued positioning of the network and the topics of further education at universities, Stöckler-Penz said.

For more information about the network, visit www.aucen.ac.at/en.

Review 2018

TU Graz Life Long Learning congratulates its graduates

Well done! We were delighted to congratulate the participants of 4 courses on their successful completion of the necessary additional qualification at the end of November.

The auditorium of TU Graz was the festive setting of the graduation ceremony for students of the courses NATM Engineering, Paper and Pulp Technology and Traffic Accident Research – Aviation Safety on November 30th. Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Detlef Heck, together with the respective Heads of the university certificate programmes, awarded the graduates their academic degrees and academic titles. Following the obligatory Gaudeamus Igitur, the graduates provided a look back at the past semesters with many intensive hours of study, but also valuable practical experiences and fruitful exchanges with colleagues.

The day before the ceremony, on 29 November, we were invited to TUtheSky at TU Wien. The occasion? The ceremonious presentation of the Master’s degree certificates for the Master of Engineering Sustainable Construction to the graduates of the 4-semester master’s programme. The two heads of the master’s programme Karin Stieldorf (TU Wien) and Peter Maydl (TU Graz) congratulated the newly graduated experts in the field of sustainable construction on their successful graduation.

Happy Holidays!

2018 is slowly coming to an end and we want to look back on an eventful year. We were able to register numerous programme launches and congratulate many a student on successful graduation. Now we are slowly winding down the year and are looking forward to a successful 2019.

Impulses from the business sector and graduates of TU Graz will influence the content focal points of the programme for the coming year. One thing is already clear: With the new courses Big Data Essentials and Data Science, we have supplemented our training portfolio with offers that expand your personal competence profile for future challenges by forging a path from big data to smart data.

The entire team of TU Graz Life Long Learning wishes everyone Happy Holidays and a healthy and a happy New Year!

Watch out for our next course!

Our university programme in Hydropower is due to begin again in spring 2019.

As one of today’s most important energy sources, hydropower boasts several advantages. One of the most crucial ones is that water is a regenerative raw material and therefore spares fossil energy resources.

The course is an exciting blend of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and civil engineering. Besides environment protection, sustainability and ecology, the curriculum also includes organisational and economic topics. To put theory into a practical context, excursions to Austrian and German power plants are on the agenda. Extra special: the plant operators will permit participants to get insights that security restrictions would otherwise prohibit.

The next German-language course begins in March 2019. Application deadline is 1 February 2019.

Get more information here: University Programme in Hydropower

SpaceTech: Theory meets practice

The Central Case Project is one of the most important elements of our master’s programme SpaceTech. Here, students can implement their acquired knowledge directly in a real assignment.

The founding of a virtual enterprise marks the beginning of a credible business case that has the potential to arouse huge interest in the real world of aerospace industry. Next, a fundable and marketable product needs to be designed in the framework of System Engineering. That will involve procuring market analyses, a business plan and an implementation concept, amongst others. Just as in real business life, a great deal of persuasion will be necessary in order to flesh out ideas, and ultimately, to put them into practice. The final outcome should be a win-win situation for everyone.

This year’s Central Case Project (CCP) stakeholders are the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and TU Graz.

Get more details on our part-time master’s programme here: SpaceTech

Hot off the press: Life Long Learning  Continuing Education Programme 2019

Our 2019 continuing education programme has just been released and includes all of our programmes, from architecture and construction planning to programming languages and big data.

We are expanding our portfolio with offers of new courses such as Big Data Essentials and Data Science: The Path from Big Data to Smart Data, which are especially appropriate for meeting needs in the current professional world. By offering around 40 programmes, we provide all TU Graz graduates and specialists with several years of relevant work experience with a diverse selection of opportunities for continuing education. These allow them to broaden their personal qualifications profile and prepare them to meet future challenges.

It’s very important that we offer topics that are extremely innovative and meet the highest quality standards, says Christine Stöckler-Penz, Head of TU Graz Life Long Learning.

Browse through our newly redesigned programme folder and let your imagination soar as you consider all the possibilities for continuing education: Life Long Learning – Annual Programme 2019 (in German)

"V-Net" – Life Long Learning Completes Qualifications Network

An extremely positive result of the FFG-funded project is presented at the final workshop on 16 October 2018.The training programme of Value-Network Süd IT-enabled Eco Systems supported more than 250 employees in key positions at Styrian and Carinthian companies, helping them receive further qualifications in the high-tech areas of electronics, IT and system solutions within a framework of 60 courses in total.

The participants profited by acquiring knowledge in the technical courses and especially by acquiring competence in the areas of modern, participative management. In addition, they benefited from the resilient organisational and personnel development as well as strategy development. The knowledge gained has already been applied directly in the companies: The quality of existing products could be improved, processes were adapted and new services were created. The exchanges made with the other participating companies were also extremely valuable. These not only led to the formation of new contacts, but also further cooperation.

More about the V-Net – IT enabled Eco Systems

Quality in continuing education

Everybody agrees that continuing education plays a vital role in businesses in the present time. The demand on employees’ skill sets are changing all the time. The half-life of knowledge is becoming shorter and shorter, so that employees need regular refresher courses to keep up with developments. The boom in postgraduate education has also brought an explosion in the supply of different courses.

In this environment, one of our absolute priorities at TU Graz Life Long Learning is to develop our programmes to the highest quality standards. One guarantee of our high quality is certification by AQ Austria, the agency for quality assurance and accreditation, which has now certified TU Graz for another seven years.

Ready, steady, go!

After a long summer break, it is time to start learning again, at least for some of us.

Our part-time master’s programme Traffic Accident Research has begun. You can train to become an expert in the areas of accident reconstruction, acquisition of accident data, accident research and vehicle safety. The academic year was initiated with an opening celebration. In four semesters, eleven participants will acquire comprehensive knowledge and be optimally prepared for the challenges of traffic safety with the help of up-to-date examples and real-life case studies.

Find out more about this part-time master's programme here: Traffic Accident Research

Sharpen your Skills – C# Basics

C# and .NET Framework are technologies that have become a staple part of day-to-day work in many industries. The wide range of applications and good integration into Windows systems are two major benefits of C# and .NET Framework. In this new C# Basics course participants will examine and test the basic features of the language and possible applications. Great attention is given to practical applications that participants can use in their immediate environment, along with tips and tricks for working in Visual Studio. For anyone with some grounding in programming this course is an excellent, time-saving way of quickly familiarising yourself with C# so as to be able to deploy it in the work setting. The next course takes place at the end of the year.

Details: C# Basics

Toulouse – a history of aviation and space travel

As part of the second face-to-face session in the SpaceTech master’s degree programme, our participants visited Toulouse. The city has a very long history of aviation and space travel and is always a highlight for everyone taking part. In addition to a number of international experts in the aerospace industry who gave lectures, the participants also visited Airbus Intespace and CNES for a taste of outer space at the control centre. Thirteen operational satellites are controlled from here. Today, observing Earth with satellites offers a host of possibilities for registering processes on and above Earth. The next face-to-face course in the master’s programme takes place in autumn and will take our participants to Airbus in Portsmouth and to ESA ECSAT in Harwell, United Kingdom.

More information about the master's programme

Fasten your seatbelts!

We have created the Traffic Accident Research – Aviation Safety university programme, which is unique in Austria. Essentially, the rapid increase in global air traffic has also led to a rise in accidents and close-to-collision events. Our university programme focuses precisely on that range of topics, also encompassing accident research, aircraft development, flight safety as well as cockpit teamwork, accident reconstruction in court, insurance companies, aviation safety officers, and much more. Courses will be held in blocks. Remote learning elements have been integrated in the curriculum to enable employees and international participants to take part. Our next programme is due to start in autumn!

For more details, please see Traffic Accident Research – Aviation Safety

For top quality regional produce

Food chemistry and technology is currently in great demand. Small and medium-sized firms with a focus on food processing or food production, in particular, are required to supply the market with innovative and high-quality produce. Today’s consumers are very demanding and expect excellent quality food. In order to fulfil those expectations, employees in the sector need highly specific and comprehensive knowledge, which they can acquire in our Food Chemistry and Technology university course.

Our next course focussing on the basics of food chemistry and technology, food analysis, microbiology and lots more is due to start in autumn 2018.
Please register by 31 July 2018.

For further registration details, please see Food Chemistry and Technology

Research in the Field of Vehicle Safety

Every day thousands of people die in traffic accidents around the world. It is critical to conduct research in the field of vehicular safety to prevent accidents and reduce the consequences of the accidents that occur. An essential aspect of this research is to understand the requirements of traffic, vehicles and their processes.

In the Master's programme Traffic Accident Research, you can be trained as an expert in the fields of accident reconstruction, accident reports, accident research and vehicle safety and, thus, prepare yourself to meet future challenges.

More about the Master’s programme: Traffic Accident Research

Life Long Learning Summer Festival

This year’s Life Long Learning Summer Festival was not only a great place to get delicious ice cream, cold drinks and chat with new friends, but also gave you a chance to get out and enjoy the summer sunshine!

For the fifth year in a row, we closed the academic year with our Summer Festival, thanking all our internal contributors who have provided their support throughout the year. The Festival was opened with a welcoming speech by the Head of the Life Long Learning Team, Christine Stöckler-Penz. With exhilarating discussions, plentiful ice cream and just a bit of sunshine, the Festival ran smoothly into the evening hours.

We are already looking forward to inviting you to the next Life Long Learning Summer Festival.

Big Data Essentials

The volume of data worldwide is increasing rapidly and is expected to increase ten-fold by 2025. With our new programme, Big Data Essentials, developed in cooperation with the Know Center we dive into this controversial topic. The course provides an ideal framework to take an initial, methodical approach to the topics of Big Data, Machine Learning, Advanced Analytics and explore the corresponding tools and systems. In addition to theoretical basics, economic and legal aspects are also considered. In practical exercises, we will systematically, inventively and actively develop concepts of big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

More about the course and to register: Big Data Essentials


Whether it’s in web development, system administration, scientific computing, or data processing: The script language PYTHON has already found its way into many areas of IT and simulation. For example, Google also offers a Python API for its framework Tensorflow for neural networks, and PYTHON is also used in robotics: The Robot Operating System (ROS) uses PYTHON as well as C++ as its main language, allowing machine groups (like fleets of autonomous vehicles) to communicate with each other (How to Start with Self-Driving Cars Using ROS).

Learn more about this topic in our courses:

Book Your Early Bird Discount!

All participants who register by April 30 for our course entitled “Stress and Crack Control in Concrete and Steel Structures” will receive a 10% early bird discount.

Planning concrete construction is often guided by the usability. In particular, meeting the sealing (keyword: white tank or WU constructions) and visual appearance requirements poses major challenges for planners, concrete technologists and the construction site. An efficient solution in this case is the deformation-based analysis of the behaviour of the components used, which also supports cooperation among all the participants during the process. For example, a realistic assessment of the risk of undesirable cracking can be made by taking the heat development, component geometry and post-treatment into account. But it is also possible to efficiently limit the crack width if the crack formation does not have to be excluded a priori.

You will learn more about this topic in our course.

Welcome! Willkommen!

We welcomed our students in the part-time Master’s programme SpaceTech at a reception held in the auditorium of the TU Graz on Monday.

Now, the time has come again for the next experts for Space Systems and Business Engineering to receive training and optimal preparation for the key roles they will fill and management tasks they will perform in the international environment of the aerospace industry. In conjunction with the beginning of the programme, we invited our students to a festive, welcoming event and got to know them a little better at a joint get-together. The first module will take place in Graz. During the course, the participants will visit five other European space centres including the ESA ESRIN Frascati, ESA ESTEC Noordwijk and DLR GSOC Munich.

We wish our students all the best as they begin their programme!

Learn more about the part-time Master’s programme SpaceTech

Spatial Lighting Design: From Technology to Spatial Perception

Our new university course in Spatial Lighting Design is the latest addition to our range of courses and will attract everyone who is enthusiastic about lighting.

Participants will get to know the necessary basics of physics and optics by learning theoretical concepts and also by carrying out their own lighting projects. They will find out about the latest technical and scientific developments in lighting technology, get an introduction to lighting design and learn how to work with light in spaces.

More details: Spatial Lighting Design

Applied Statistics as a Problem-Solving Tool in Industry and Business

In an age when masses of information are easily available, issues of how to make proper use of data are becoming increasingly important. This begins with exploratory data analysis and filtering, continues with statistical model building and ends with accurate interpretation of the results.

In the next 3-day course, which will take place from 25 to 27 April, we will focus on analysing real data using the R open-source programme package. Participants will be introduced to a well-structured set of basic knowledge, which will be supplemented by exercises done on their own laptops. A large case study from statistical practice will give an insight into the work of applied statisticians from the problem formulation to the predictive model.

More details: Applied Statistics as a Problem-Solving Tool in Industry and Business

Master’s Program in Traffic Accident Research

Research in the area of vehicle safety makes an essential contribution to prevention of accidents and mitigation of the consequences of accidents. To do this it is necessary to know the requirements of vehicles and traffic and to understand accidents and how they happen.

This course can help you become an expert in the areas of accident reconstruction, accident documentation, accident research and vehicle safety. The Institute of Vehicle Safety will give you an excellent preparation for working in these exciting and challenging areas.

The next course begins in September 2018.

Details on the course and registration: Traffic Accident Research

Master’s Program in Traffic Accident Research – Aviation Safety

The master’s program Traffic Accident Research – Aviation Safety at TU Graz is one of its kind in Austria and brings together internationally respected experts to teach participants about aircraft safety, electronics, environmental conditions and human factors in aviation. Students learn how to reconstruct all kinds of aircraft accidents in order to derive preventive improvement measures from accident investigations. You too could become an expert in this area!

The next course begins in September 2018.

Details on the course and registration: Traffic Accident Research – Aviation Safety

Home, Sweet Home?

To understand more about what makes a good place to live, you should come to our course Housing and Psychology. This course deals with all aspects of human living spaces and provides a basis for design and analysis of houses and homes. It focuses on behaviour, health, wellbeing, mental and social development and growth of children and adults of all ages, as well as relationships in families and between neighbours.

The four-day course will give you a basic knowledge of analysis, layout and design of human living spaces. It will help you to understand the quality of residential projects and will give you an overview of relevant areas of psychology and physiology.

Next course: 12, 13, 26 and 27 April 2018
Registration: up to 23 March 2018 at vera.poschaukonoSpam@tugraz.at

Course details

On the Winning Track

Participating in our survey on the further education program of Life Long Learning paid off! Respondents took part in a draw for attractive prizes which were now presented to the lucky winners at an LLL event.

Life Long Learning plans to keep expanding its range of further education opportunities – courses and Master’s programs – and especially to provide training and education of interest to TU Graz graduates. The focus is on individual needs and professionally relevant training, especially to keep up with new developments in many fields of work. In November and December 2017 LLL carried out a survey of TU Graz alumni to better understand their needs and interests – and in cooperation with the ALUMNI association, everyone who participated in the survey was able to enter a draw for three tablets and five pairs of ball tickets. These prizes were presented to the winners at an event in the rooms of the ALUMNI association on 17 January 2018.

Electrical Protection Systems in Power Generation

Faults and Basic Requirements for Protection Systems

Power-system protection is an essential part of electrical power supply: operations are affected massively by faults in the distribution network. Electrical installations and in their operation are subject to faults, which need to be isolated as rapidly and as selectively as possible. In this way, most protection equipment works as ex-post protection.

There are also protection systems that detect the emergence of faults at an early stage and intervene – once again by isolating the system sections concerned. The basic demands on protection systems are selectivity, speed, precision, reliability, electromagnetic compatibility and economic proportionality.

Details on the course: Electrical Protection Technology: Fundamental Procedures and Applications

Review 2017

Space: the final frontier. 2018 is coming fast.

The ever growing aerospace sector is characterised by cutting-edge research activities. While in the past, human spaceflight has been a national concern, in recent decades a growing number of private enterprises have started to invest in the space industry and open up new business segments such as satellite data services in the communication and navigation sector, aerospace transportation and space tourism.

Highly qualified employees are required for those challenging present and future tasks. SpaceTech is a university programme that caters to those aspirations. Our next programme starts in March 2018.

Get more details about the programme and how to apply here: SpaceTech

Material analysis: put your question under the microscope!

The last scanning electron microscopy course was held in autumn 2017. For ten years now, we have organised this professionally oriented crash course at least once a year for all those interested from the fields of science, research and industry. Since more and more enterprises are purchasing their own microscope, however, the independent analysis of samples for material characterisation is becoming increasingly significant. It is a decisive competitive advantage to be able to perform micro-analyses as well as to investigate qualitative and quantitative element distribution with the aid of a scanning electron microscope.

The next course (Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis: Scanning Electron Microscopy) is due in summer semester 2018 and will be held in German or English.

The end of an excellent year: successful master’s examinations of University Programme in Hydropower.

Now that this year is drawing to a close, participants of the university programme Hydropower will be able to relax and especially enjoy the coming festive season, because the final master’s exams were held today. We would like to congratulate our brand new graduates!

As a special feature, next year’s programme will become more international and will be held in English.

To the University Programme in Hydropower

MATLAB in Technology and the Natural Sciences

The programming language MATLAB and MATLAB-based products are widely used in technology and the natural sciences. As a result, MATLAB has been assigned a high priority in the education offered at TU Graz. The Institute of Theoretical Physics offers both courses and workshops with different degrees of difficulty (basic, advanced, object-oriented) both as part of Life Long Learning and part of In-House Training for TU Graz employees.

The period of attendance in the courses is supported by a specially-developed educational software called MatlabTutor. This provides web-based access to MATLAB, a variety of examples with varying degrees of difficulty, and automatically checks the participants’ solutions. Therefore, the participants can view content and receive feedback outside the course hours.

The 2017 Amendment of the Ingenieurgesetz

Statement regarding the 2017 amendment to the Ingenieurgesetz (IngG) by the TU Graz Vice Rector for Academic Affairs

In autumn, the amendment to the Ingenieurgesetz (IngG) was enacted, which states that the title of engineer will be categorised as qualification level 6 according to the National Qualification Framework (NQF). This also includes all bachelor's degrees. This categorisation allows training levels to be compared internationally; it only serves as a guide and has no regulatory function. For this reason, it is important to emphasize that the title of engineer is not equivalent with the title of a bachelor. Therefore, the holder of a title of engineer is not automatically entitled to hold (or use) the title of bachelor or be admitted directly into the master's programme.

Download: full statement of TU Graz (in German)

Aroma as an Essential Parameter for Quality

On 15 November 2017, our advanced course entitled Sensory Evaluation of Food took place at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry. The popular courses on Sensory Evaluation of Food have been held regularly since 2002 at TU Graz. This indicates that one sensory property of food – its aroma – is an essential parameter of quality.

The participants learn how food is systematically assessed for its aroma. The application of new sensory methods, the use of smart devices to collect sensory data, and the confrontation with off-flavors in food offers the participants insights into current trends in sensory science.

The next courses will be held during the summer semester of 2018 (Sensory Evaluation of Food: Basics) and the winter semester of 2018/19 (Sensory Evaluation of Food: Advanced).

30 Years’ Austrian ESA Membership

Austria has now been a full member of ESA for 30 years, and that was worth a proper celebration here in the Austrian capital of space research. Joining us for the event in Graz were Jan Wörner, the general Director of ESA, and the Austrian astronaut Franz Viehböck.

Over 120 companies and research centres with more than 1000 employees work in the Austrian space sector. Austrian space experts work in many different areas, including earth observation, navigation, communication, materials, and thermal technology – and the history of the sector now reaches back more than 50 years.

TU Graz has been participating in a large number of space projects for a long time now and with the master's programme in Space Science and the part-time master's programme in SpaceTech, offers outstanding study opportunities in the field.


Since it was invented in 1991, the importance of the scripting language Python has grown and grown. Whether as an alternative to shall scripts in operating systems, in web development or for prototyping in software development. Its biggest advantages are its flexibility and the fact that it is free software.

But in recent years, Python has been penetrating into areas that wouldn't have been expected earlier: in scientific computing (Numpy, Scipy & Matplotlib: scipy.org) and data analysis (Pandas: pandas.pydata.org). By now, even large software companies such as Dassault (Abaqus) or Mathworks (MATLAB) offer Python interfaces, and no less an organization than NASA itself relies on this dynamic language (code.nasa.gov).

More information: PYTHON

Graduation Ceremony

The university course in Food Chemistry and Technology recently completed another round, with 15 new graduates. They had spent the last academic year in intensive study of the chemistry of food and their components, processes in the food industry and special topics from labelling to traceability and hygiene concepts.

With the knowledge they have gained, the graduates of the course are well-equipped for challenging responsibilities in the food industry. In a special ceremony, they were handed their certificates by Vice Rector Detlev Heck and the head of the course Barbara Siegmund. We congratulate them all on their achievement!

The next university course in Food Chemistry and Technology will begin in October 2018 – we'll be happy to advise anyone who is interested!

Calling All Discoverers!

The new Annual Programme for 2018 is hot off the presses and once again offers an exciting range of courses. Discover new areas of your own subject or explore totally new areas of knowledge!

The TU Graz Life Long Learning program offers expeditions to many different destinations in the form of university programmes, courses and seminars, all organized so you can fit them in beside your work.

We are happy to announce two new courses: Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility and Stress and Crack Control in Concrete and Steel Structures. Some of our courses can also be offered as individualized in-house training for companies.

If you are interested, feel free to contact us. We’ll be happy to advise you personally!


At SpaceTech TU Graz, we had something to celebrate. The first class of the English-language master’s programme completed their studies successfully, and we recognized their achievement in a special graduation ceremony in the Aula of the Alte Technik.

The ceremony opened with a speech by Vice-Rector Detlef Heck. The highlight was of course the presentation of the degree certificates to the eight new graduates by the Vice Rector and the programme director, Otto Koudelka.

Here's what one of the graduates, Eugen Svoboda had to say about the course: What made the programme really special was the combination of lectures by leading figures from the space community with the virtual company as a study project.

The next course will begin in early 2018 and registration is already open!

More information: SpaceTech

Watch this space!

This autumn sees the start of our course High Voltage Engineering: Basics and Practical Applications.

The course will allow you to obtain elementary knowledge about high voltage. The task of high-voltage technology is to control high electric field strengths. These fields occur not only in devices with high voltage, but also in devices with comparably low voltage but small creepage distances. In addition to theory, experiments are also conducted in the Nikola Tesla High-Voltage Hall.

The main topics covered in the course are: electric fields, insulation materials, mechanisms of disruptive discharge, generating and measuring high voltage, and high-voltage components and equipment.

Please refer here for details about registering: course website.

New Courses

We are looking forward to offering two new, exciting courses in the field of electrical engineering from autumn and on: In the course Electrical Protection Technology, you will learn how malfunctions can occur in your plant and these can be avoided by applying good protection concepts and using the correct settings. The most important principles for EMC-compliant circuit design and circuit board design are explained in the course Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility. You will become familiar with the theoretical foundations through practical exercises in the forms of measurement and practical examples.

How Do Different Living Environments Affect People?

This question is addressed in the seminar Housing an Psychology : Basics of Planning and Analysing Human Habitats, which will begin again on 29 September 2017.

Living environments are human habitats that have a decisive influence on our well-being and, thus, on our quality of life. In this 4-day seminar, you will learn about scientifically-based connections between living environments and quality of life, bring along personally-selected projects, and analyse them.

To take part in this course, you do not need to fulfil specific admission requirements. Professional experience or training in the field of housing provides an advantage.

Seminar dates: 29 and 30 September, 6 and 7 October 2017
Registration deadline: 15 September 2017
Register by e-mailing: vera.poschaukonoSpam@tugraz.at
Detailed information about the course

Space in Images: Nanobot as the ESA-Photo of the Week

Participants in the currently running SpaceTech Master’s Programme have been invited by the ESA to design a business case for the „Moon Village“ concept. In July 2017, the results were presented at the European Space Research and Technology Center in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. We want to enable you to leave your mark on the moon, explained ESA staff member and SpaceTech participant Jorge Fiebrich. Our ambition is to become the creative leader in lunar mobility experiences, through placing unique mobile platforms on the lunar surface. The nanobots, equipped with a camera, are interesting for the gaming industry as well as for science. By controlling them, humans can experience the moon close-up and in nearly real-time.

More about the course: SpaceTech

We are at Teconomy!

Anyone who wants to find out more about opportunities for further education at TU Graz can do that at the Teconomy on 4 May 2017 at the Alte Technik.

Teconomy is being held at the Alte Technik, Rechbauer Straße 12, on 4 May 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm and will feature 90 market-leading companies offering a wide range of career opportunities for students and graduates. TU Graz Life Long Learning will also be there, at Stand 40, in HS II (in the basement), to inform about our range of further education courses.

We look forward to seeing you there!

More about Teconomy in Graz

Attention: Early Booking Bonus!

Course participants who register for the course Zwangbeanspruchung und Rissbreitenbegrenzung im Beton- und Stahlbetonbau before May 31, 2017 will receive a 10% early booking bonus.

Concrete structures such as bridges, supporting walls or buildings are common elements in our constructed environment. Experts, however, need to consider the complex interactions that take place due to material properties and load-bearing behavior. One central aspect of planning concrete structures is considering the stiffness of the concrete and the associated minimum reinforcement needed to control cracking. A holistic view of this problem is presented in the course entitled Zwangbeanspruchung und Rissbreitenbegrenzung im Beton- und Stahlbetonbau. In particular, we will speak to civil engineers who are involved in planning, construction and administration.

Course dates: 20 and 29 September 2017
Registration deadline: 14 July 2017; course participants who register for the course before May 31, 2017 will receive a 10% early booking bonus.

More information about the course: Zwangbeanspruchung und Rissbreitenbegrenzung im Beton- und Stahlbetonbau

Take a (voltage) load off!

On May 19, the electrifying field of high voltage technology will be presented in the course High Voltage Engineering: Basics and Practical Applications.

Gaining knowledge through practice is exciting and this is particularly true in this course because the Institute of High Voltage Engineering and System Performance has several high voltage laboratories, including the Nikola Tesla Laboratory (large high voltage lab). The course participants have an opportunity to gather first-hand knowledge, since institute staff study and test high voltage, conduct active research on and evaluation of high voltage systems and devices, and are contributing to developments in this field.

This course emphasizes: electrical fields, isolation materials, disruptive discharge mechnisms, generation and measurement of voltage, high-voltage components and devices.
The registration deadline is 5 May 2017.

More information about the course: High Voltage Engineering: Basics and Practical Applications

Excursions to Koralmtunnel and Semmering-Basistunnel

Participants of the university programme NATM Engineering gain an insight into real-world applications during excursions to tunnel construction sites.

Impressive tunnel boring machines, kilometres of single- and twin-track tunnels, cross passages and emergency stop points: the construction sites at the Koralmtunnel and the Semmering-Basistunnel currently contain everything a passionate tunnel specialist could wish to see. The New Austrian Tunnelling Method is being used along many kilometres, enabling participants to see it in action. The excursions provide students with a welcome break from intense theoretical course sessions, in which they are taught research-based knowledge that gives them the tools they need for their future career.
In autumn, students visited the St. Kanzian, Stein and Lind sites at the Koralm project in Carinthia. In spring, construction sections of the Semmering-Basistunnel are on the agenda.

This English-language programme will start again in September 2017.

Details: NATM-Engineering

Predicting fine dust in the applied statistics course

Case studies help participants to understand statistical methods. Making fine dust predictions for the centre of Graz is a particularly practical element of the course.

Winter days in Graz are often endlessly grey and dust pollution is a frequent topic in the media. One way to address the topic and search for a solution is to make predictions using applied statistics. In additional to its scientific application, Univ.-Prof. Stadlober uses his prediction model as a case study in his basic course on applied statistics as a problem-solving tool for industry and business. This course is offered specifically to companies, as it is possible to make innovative use of statistical models to develop surprising and often more efficient solutions to different problems in everyday business activities.

More information about the course: Applied Statistics as a Problem-Solving Tool in Industry and Business

Specifically for companies: innovation competences for heads of R&D

During a six-day course, those with (future) management positions acquire practical knowledge for their entrepreneurial and innovative projects.

Global competition and constant economic and social change demand the continuous development of innovative and sustainable corporate output, whether this be product innovation or services. Particularly in the case of small and medium-sized enterprises, knowledge about innovation methods and tools increases the ability to compete.

In the course Innovation competences for heads of R&D, experts both from the relevant field and university teach R&D managers important innovation skills (e.g. generating, assessing and implementing ideas, legal aspects, cooperation ventures). The information is practical and can be implemented quickly. Case studies provide examples that help participants to solve current problems in participating companies.

Details and dates of course

Management and interpersonal skills in space travel

In the master's programme in SpaceTech, participants are prepared for diverse management tasks and for working in multinational teams.

Over the last few months, the participants have again completed numerous modules on technical and economic topics. In October, telecommunication and navigation were taught in Portsmouth and Harwell, and in January manned space travel was on the agenda for Munich. During sessions with mandatory attendance, the development of management and interpersonal skills also plays an important role. Here, working in multinational teams, sometimes separated by great distances, presents a particular challenge. Aspects covered include team leadership in space, motivation, management behaviour, stress and conflict management. The participants are instructed by Jeff Austin, a renowned expert who has worked in an advisory capacity for organisations such as NASA and ESA.

Entering a new world

With a dynamic kick-off event, the qualification network Value Network Süd – IT enabled Eco Systems was officially started on the 12th of January 2017.

Cloud trends, value based software engineering, IT security, sustainable economics and decisions in a crisis are just a few of the topics of the two-year qualification programme V-net, which was presented to invited business partners of the South-Austrian region in a lively event at TU Graz.

A pioneer spirit was tangible as it became clear that the increasing digitalisation of our (working) world not only means new technical developments but, above all, a wealth of challenges brought about by industry 4.0, such as the dramatic changes to work culture and a constantly and rapidly changing environment.

A total of 64 individual courses were provided for business partners.

More info: Value-Network Süd – IT enabled Eco Systems

Review 2016

Building on knowledge: The University Programme in Sustainable Construction is starting!

This joint programme offered by TU Graz and Vienna University of Technology starts for the third time on 10th November. It focusses on ecological, economical and social sustainability.

What is sustainability? What role does it play in the building sector and why will that impact future generations? In the first teaching units, participants are already critically focussing on these questions. After completing the programme, the aim is that graduates will make optimal use of current buildings and use resources more efficiently.

But first, students will receive a warm welcome at TU Graz and will be provided with practical information on the running of the programme. They also have time to get to know their colleagues. Many participants already have professional experience in the building sector and work, for example, as site engineers, project engineers or architects.

More on the programme: www.nachhaltigesbauen.eu

PYTHON® – about the course

PYTHON® is a programming language that is easy to learn and has many possible applications. On the 2nd of March 2017, the next introductory course starts at TU Graz.

PYTHON® has grown in importance over the last few years and is used in very different projects as a script and system language as well as in web development. PYTHON® and the related software have the advantage of being available as free and therefore low-cost software.

An introductory course and the course PYTHON® in Numerical and Scientific Computing are provided in the framework of TU Graz Life Long Learning. There are no prerequisites for the introductory course, which is for everyone who wants to start learning about programming in PYTHON®. The subject matter is demonstrated and worked on using simple, but informative examples.


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Experiencing hydropower

Excursions to Tyrol give participants of the university programme in hydropower the opportunity to experience the technology behind hydropower energy generation up close.

Excursions to power stations during the university programme in hydropower mean that participants see fundamental theoretical concepts at work, helping them to understand them and see how they are applied. What makes this so special is that the power station operators give programme participants an insight into aspects that other interested parties would not be able to see due to safety measures.

In autumn, students visit the pumped storage hydro power station belonging to the Sellrain-Silz power station group as well as Durlassboden Reservoir. One highlight was the Pelton wheel and its generators in the power house of the Silz Power Station beneath Längental reservoir – it was opened due to checks, something that only happens every few decades. Each of the two machines produces 250 MW, which is the equivalent of around 330,000 HP.

More on the programme: University Programme in Hydropower

20 years of AUCEN - the Austrian University Continuing Education and Staff Development Network

In September 2016, Austrian universities celebrated the anniversary of the AUCEN network during the 40th AUCEN meeting.

AUCEN (Austrian University Continuing Education and Staff Development Network) was founded in 1996 at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Over the last 20 years, it has established itself as a network of experts in university continuing education and staff development. Twice a year, representatives of the 20 member universities located all over Austria meet to discuss topics of current importance such as the securing of quality standards. AUCEN is active in the areas of further education policy, research and teaching as well as being involved in educational policies on a national and European level. Christine Stöckler-Penz is an AUCEN board member, meaning that Life Long Learning at Graz University of Technology is also actively involved in the network.

For more information on AUCEN, see: www.aucen.ac.at

Making flying safer!

Participants in the master’s programme Aviation Safety learn how to reconstruct and analyse all types of aircraft accidents, using this information to develop improvement measures for aviation.

On the 11 October 2016, the only master’s programme in Traffic Accident Research – Aviation Safety in the whole of Austria started at TU Graz for the second time.

Particularly after tragic events occur, there is an increase in demand for experts specialised in aircraft accidents and flight safety. Particularly pilots and technical experts make use of new scientific knowledge on technology and human factors in their everyday work. For the first time, a pre-module in mathematics is provided before the programme starts in order to make it easier for people without relevant technical qualifications to begin this challenging degree.

More on the master’s programme: Traffic Accident Research – Aviation Safety

Up-to-date on software and IT: TU Graz directs industry 4.0 qualification network

The V-Net qualification network prepares employees with key IT positions in Styrian and Carinthian companies for the challenges of industry 4.0.

It is clear that the digitalisation of all areas of life is taken for granted. This makes it particularly important for companies to recognise relevant IT and software trends early, and to implement cross-process and cross-company solutions.

Together with the University of Graz and Klagenfurt University, TU Graz designed a two-year training programme in coordination with Value Network Süd company partners.

Christine Stöckler-Penz, Director of TU Graz Life Long Learning: "The content of the programme focusses directly on the needs and market requirements of the companies involved. ‘V-Net’ thus contributes directly to ensuring and further developing the capacity for innovation in the south of Austria."

Details: Value Network Süd – IT enabled Eco Systems

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Contact Vera Poschauko for Information about Courses and Seminars

Are you interested in learning more about our courses or one of our seminars? Then, Vera Poschauko will be happy to answer your questions!

Ms. Poschauko is an experienced department manager who has supported the team at TU Graz Lifelong Learning since September 2016. She can provide you with updated information about course/seminar dates and answer all organisational questions. Mrs. Poschauko will also be glad to provide you with initial information about in-house courses.

This is how you can contact Ms. Poschauko:
E-mail: vera.poschaukonoSpam@tugraz.at
Phone: +43 316 873-4932

The Diversity of Lifelong Learners

The conference of the German Society for Academic Continuing Education and Distance Learning (Deutschen Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung und Fernstudium, DGWF), in which members of the TU Graz Lifelong Learning team also took part, was dedicated to this theme.

People who are interested and participate in (continuing education) programmes not only have diverse motives, objectives and needs, but also bring their varied experiences and knowledge with them. How can universities meet and address these diverse needs? Is it really possible to meet all the demands, and can universities – as educational institutions – truly be suitable for everyone? Both scientific studies and practical examples of applications during daily life at universities were presented and discussed in numerous workshops held in Vienna from September 14-16, 2016. TU Graz Lifelong Learning was represented by Christine Stöckler-Penz, who presented on RFID - Qualification Networks: Research Know-How for Regional Enterprises.

More information about the conference: www.dgwf.net

Traffic Accident Research – Knowledge for More Safety

Participants in the master’s programme Traffic Accident Research were provided with expert knowledge in accident reconstruction, documentation and vehicle safety.

Accident research has been conducted at TU Graz for nearly a decade. Prof. Steffan, a highly experienced and internationally-recognised expert in his field, works at the Vehicle Safety Institute and as the programme director of the master’s programme Traffic Accident Research. Together with renowned lecturers, the participants – e.g. driving school instructors, technical experts, machine operators, police officers and automotive technicians, among others – search for answers to avoid future accidents and reduce accident consequences.

The participants of the recently-launched master’s programme, therefore, can look forward to 4 exciting semesters. As a special bonus, they can attend selected lectures of the SafetyUpDate conference.

More information about the programme: Traffic Accident Research

Observing the earth – the view from above

Participants of the master’s programme SpaceTech profited from first-hand expert knowledge in Toulouse at the end of June.

Climate research and military aerial reconnaissance:  Satellite earth observation offers numerous possibilities for gathering data about process on and above the earth. This topic made up one of the main focusses of the second attendance unit of the master’s programme SpaceTech. Numerous international space travel experts contributed lectures on the topic.

The highlights of the two-week-long study trip in Toulouse were two excursions to Airbus Interspace and CNES, where participants were able to taste space air in the control centre. 13 operational satellites are controlled from here.

The next attendance unit takes place in October at Airbus and Space in Portsmouth and at ESA ECSAT in Harwell.

More on the programme: SpaceTech

Looking into the future – 2017 continuing education programme

In 2017, TU Graz Life Long Learning continues to look ahead and offer interested parties a wide variety of extra-occupational programmes and courses.

Do you want to refresh or deepen your knowledge or that of your colleagues, or develop an additional specialisation? You can order the 2017 annual programme for TU Graz Life Long Learning as a printed brochure, free of charge, under lifelong.learningnoSpam@tugraz.at, where you can find a broad range of further education options in the fields of technology and natural sciences.

The programme includes two new courses “Automotive Quality Manager” and “High Voltage Engineering – Basics and Practical Applications”. Some of our courses and seminars can also be individualy adapted for in-house company training sessions.

We are more than happy to give you individual advice! Do not hesitate to contact us.

University programme “Cleanroom Technology” at CPhI 2016 in Barcelona

The world’s largest industry trade fair for pharmaceuticals & pharmaceutical suppliers takes place between 4th and 6th October. The “Cleanroom Technology” programme is also there on stand no. 2M10!
For the 7th time, Human.technology Styria GmbH is organising the CPhI group stand for umbrella brand LISA. TU Graz Life Long Learning makes use of this opportunity to present the only “Cleanroom Technology” university programme in Europe to a large specialist audience. The focus is on cleanroom technology as a core techology as well as production technologies and influencing factors. 
Interested parties can contact Prof. Stefan Radl (academic programme director) and Lucia Edelsbrunner (organisational programme management) directly for information on content, programme options, dates and how to apply. The first programme to be held in English will start on 9th November 2017

More on trade fair: www.cphi.com

Kick-Off of the Paper and Pulp Technology Programme

Whoever is interested in learning more about the Paper and Pulp Technology Programme, has already registered, or is interested in registering, is invited to attend the kick-off event on 16 September 2016!

Every year, the university programme Paper and Pulp Technology begins with the winter semester. Completing this programme prepares the graduates for filling challenging professional occupations in the broad domain of the pulp and paper industry, as well as with their suppliers. If you have questions about the programme or its content, you may address questions at the kick-off event to the scientific head Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hirn and take away valuable information for a successful start.

When: Friday, 16 September 2016, 4 p.m.
Where: TU Graz, Institute of Paper, Pulp and Fibre Technology, Inffeldgasse 23, Graz

The next programme starts in October 2016.
More information:
Paper and Pulp Technology

How do Different Living Environments Affect People?

This question is central to the seminar ‘Housing and Psychology: The Basis for the Planning and Analysis of Human Habitats’, which will start again on September 30, 2016.

Housing environments are living environments and have highly significant impacts on our well-being and, thus, on our quality of life. During this 4-day seminar, you will become familiar with scientifically substantiated relationships, can bring your own, personally selected projects, and examine them.

You do not need to meet any specific requirements to attend this course. However, professional experience or training in the field of housing is advantageous.

Seminar dates: 30 September; 1, 7 and 8 October 2016
Registration deadline: 16 September 2016
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Space Careers Offered!

Graz – the Space Capital of Austria – is a little bit richer: in March 2016, the international Master’s Programme for SpaceTech – Space Systems and Business Engineering was initiated at TU Graz for the first time.

Specialists from the aerospace industry, including employees of major European centers, organisations and companies, have not only been receiving training in technical fields since  spring, but have also been learning modern business practices and gaining skills in leadership of multinational teams.

The multi-semester Master’s programme has been designed to be pursued part-time and is only held in English. Online modules are complemented by six units (presence required) held at European aerospace locations by international lecturers. Currently, the participants are in Toulouse to benefit from the expertise at the CNES.

Details: Master's Programm for SpaceTech – Space Systems and Business Engineering

University Programme for Sustainable Construction – Gather Information and Apply Now!

The joint training programme from TU Graz and TU Wien will starts again on 10 November 2016. The application deadline is 23 September.

The efficient use of resources is a key issue in construction economics: Sustainable construction not only determines ecological and socio-cultural development within a society, but also has an impact on competition among the investors, planners and manufacturers of construction products.

In the university programme „Sustainable Construction“, you will gain fundamental information about sustainable economic activity und learn how to comprehensively view the execution of a construction project. The extra-occupational university programme is offered as a 4-semester Master’s Programme (Master of Engineering) and as a 2-semester certificate course.

Courses begin: 10 November 2016
More information: www.nachhaltigesbauen.eu

New Knowledge!

Are you curious about food production, food product quality and food product development? Then register by 9 September for the ‚Food Chemistry and Technology‘!

On 7 October, this course will begin once again, offering new, exciting content to supplement the university course Food Chemistry and Technology at TU Graz. The world of food products is just as varied as the past participants have been. Butchers and cooks, sommeliers, journalists, process engineers, quality managers, lecturers and marketing experts, as well as food inspectors, product and project managers and retailers have attended. The scientific head, Barbara Siegmund, states “We want to provide experienced professionals working in these fields with a solid scientific background and, at the same time, introduce non-specialists to the world of food chemistry.”

Registration deadline: 9 September, 2016
Details: Course Food Chemistry and Technology