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Rector Harald Kainz

The Rector: Harald Kainz


  • The Rector is the spokesperson of the Rectorate.
  • The Rector nominates candidates for election as vice rectors,
  • is responsible for negotiating and concluding performance agreements with the federal minister and is informing the University Council.
  • As supreme head of the entire university staff, he makes selection decisions regarding professors from suggestions made by the appointment committees.
  • He leads appointment negotiations, concludes employment and service contracts and issues mandates of authorisation. 
All tasks: Section 23 para. 1 of University Act 2002, in German: Universitätsgesetzes 2002
My Slogan: Scaling the heights in a spirit of enthusiastic cooperation. Rector Harald Kainz


Harald KAINZ 
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Dr.h.c.mult.
Rechbauerstraße 12
8010 Graz
Tel.: +43 316 873 6000
Fax: +43 316 873 106000
rektornoSpam@tugraz.at Please arrange an appointment with the Secretariat.

Personal details

Harald Kainz was born in 1958. After completing his studies in civil engineering and engineering management in construction at Graz University of Technology, in 1982 he was employed at the Institute of Urban Water Management and Landscape Water Engineering. After gaining his doctorate in 1990, he took up assignments in managing positions in engineering offices in Austria and abroad, including eight years as managing director and on the executive board. After ten years of experience in business he returned to Graz University of Technology and was appointed to the Chair of Urban Water Management and Landscape Water Engineering. In 2004 Harald Kainz was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering. In 2007 he became Vice Rector of Infrastructure and Information and Communications Technology and has been Rector of Graz University of Technology since 2011. CV in tabular form


Core hours of the Secretariat:
Monday to Thursday 8 am to 16 pm
Friday 8 to 12 am
Rechbauerstr. 12/I
8010 Graz
Fax: +43 316 873 6009

Phone: +43 316 873 6062

Bettina PINT
Phone: +43 316 873 6079

Phone: +43 316 873 6002

Pnone: +43 316 873 6001


  • Entrepreneurial university:
    TU Graz promotes the entrepreneurial spirit of students and employees.
  • Profile development in research:
    TU Graz wishes to earn international recognition in its five Fields of Expertise.
  • Internationalisation:
    TU Graz initiates an extensive exchange of teaching staff, researchers and students with leading universities worldwide. With teaching being conducted in English, the University has taken an important step in preparing students and staff for global requirements and opening up the University even more to international teaching staff.
  • Cooperation:
    TU Graz sets up strategic partnerships in research and teaching with worldwide leading companies.
  • Science – Passion – Technology:
    All staff share enthusiasm for the University. 

Press inquiries

Barbara GIGLER
Tel.: +43 316 873 6006

Rector of Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)
Name: Harald KAINZ
Date of birth: 5. August 1958
Nationality: Austrian
Civil Status: married

Download the Curriculum Vitae (PDF-File)

Professional experience

since October 2011
Rector of Graz University of Technology

2007 – 2011
Vice rector for Infrastructure and ICT, TU Graz

2004 – 2007
Dean, Faculty of Civil Engineering Science, TU Graz

2000 – 2011
University Professor, Institute for Urban Water Management and Landscape Water Engineering, TU Graz

1993 – 2000
General Manager, Umwelttechnik Wien GmbH, Vienna

1991 – 1993
Project Engineer, Regierungsbaumeister Schlegel GmbH, Munich

1984 – 1990
University Assistant, Institute for Urban Water Management and Landscape Water Engineering, TU Graz


Graz University of Technology

  • 1985 – 1990
    PhD technical science 
  • 1980 – 1985
    Dipl.-Ing. Economics in Civil Engineering
  • 1977 – 1983
    Dipl.-Ing. Civil Engineering

Main References

  • Central waste water treatment plant of Vienna (4 mio. pe)
  • Sludge incineration plant of Vienna
  • Hazardous waste incineration plant of Vienna
  • Both waste water treatment plants of Munich (2 mio. pe and 1 mio. pe)
  • Waste water treatment plant of Friedrichshafen (Germany)
  • Waste water treatment plant of Ingolstadt (Germany)
  • Sewer system of the airport of Vienna
  • Waste water treatment plant of Graz
  • Sewer system of Graz

Key qualifications

  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Sewer Systems
  • Water Resource Management
  • Design and Construction of Water Infrastructure
  • Waste Management

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • ÖWAV Austrian Water and Waste Management Association
  • ATV/DVWK German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste
  • IWA International Water Association
  • IAHR International Association of Hydraulic Research and Engineering


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