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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

Source: TU Graz - Lunghammer

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

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

Elisabeth MESSNER
Tel.: +43 316 873 6062

Phone: +43 316 873 6067

Phone: +43 316 873 6002

Pnone: +43 316 873 6001

Christine ROTHER (currently on maternity leave)

Objectives 2015 – 2019

  • 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. 

Statistics and Empirical Analysis

Statistics and Empirical Analysis
Manuela BERNER

Phone: +43 316 873 6004

Management of Professorial Appointments

Management of Professorial Appointments
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Phone: +43 316 873 6061

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

Source: Lunghammer – TU Graz


Graz University of Technology

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



Membership of Professional Bodies

  • ÖWAV Austrian Water and Waste Management Association
  • ATV/DVWK German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste
  • IWA International Water Association
  • dex German Council of Experts for Environmental Technology and Infrastructure (Vice president)
  • IAHR International Association of Hydraulic Research and Engineering



Professional experience

Graz, University of Technology, Institute for Urban Water Management and Landscape Water Engineering, Assistant

1991 - 1993
Munich, Regierungsbaumeister Schlegel GmbH, Project Engineer

1993 - 2000
Vienna, UTW, Environmental Engineering Vienna, General Manager

2000 - 2011
Graz, University of Technology, Institute for Urban Water Management and Landscape Water Engineering, Head of Institute

2004 - 2007
Dean, Faculty of Civil Engineering Science

2007- 2011
Vice rector for Infrastructure and ICT, Graz University of Technology

October 2011 - 
Rector of Graz University of Technology

Key qualifications

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



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 (Austria)
  • Sewer system of Graz




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