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Rectorate of TU Graz

Rectorate 2015 – 2019

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Dr.h.c.mult. Harald KAINZ


Vice Rectors of TU Graz:
(from 1st Oktober 2015, arranged alphabetically)

Vice Rector for Research:
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Horst BISCHOF

Vice Rector for Academic Affairs:
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef HECK

Vice Rector for Finance and Human Resources:
Mag.iur. Mag.rer.soc.oec. Mag.rer.soc.oec. Dr.iur. Andrea HOFFMANN

Vice Rector for Communication and Change Management:
Dipl.Wirtschaftsing. (FH) Claudia VON DER LINDEN, MBA (IMD)

Rektorat 2015-2019, Bildquelle: TU Graz - Lunghammer

Rectorat of TU Graz for 2015 to 2019:

from left: Claudia von der Linden, Detlef Heck, Andrea Hoffmann, Harald Kainz, Horst Bischof


The Rectorate manages the University and represents it externally. Together with the University Council and in coordination with the Senate, the Rectorate plans the strategic orientation of the University. In cooperation with the faculties, the Rectorate establishes the University's development plan University's development plan (in German). This determines the prioritisation of future development in teaching, research and administration as well as profile-development measures.

Key objectives

An international leading position in research and teaching

  • Intensive cooperation with science and industry
  • Entrepreneurial spirit of students and employees
  • Visibility and impact on society
  • Highly competent and motivated personnel
  • High share of women and diversity
  • Internationalisation of master’s and PhD programmes
  • Profile development in research
  • High-quality portfolio of exploitable intellectual property
  • Excellent infrastructural framework conditions for research and teaching
  • Sustainable economic stability. 




Further tasks

of the Rectorate pursuant to Section 22 para. 1 of the University Act (in German: Universitätsgesetzes 2002) include

  • Preparing a draft of the statutes
  • Drawing up an organisation plan for passing resolutions
  • Preparing a draft of the performance agreement
  • Appointing heads of organisational units
  • Granting authorisations to teach
  • Admission of students
  • Initiating evaluations and their publication
  • Creation of the estimated budget
  • Submission of the statement of accounts and activity report to the federal minister

The detailed tasks of the Rectorate are in the Standing Orders of the Rectorate (in German) of TU Graz.

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.

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. 


Manuela BERNER
Statistics and empirical analysis
Phone: +43 316 873 6004

Renate EULER
Hofrätin Mag.rer.nat. Dr.phil. Dr.rer.nat.
Target and performance agreements
Phone: +43 316 873 6007


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

Christine DAMPF
Phone: +43 316 873 6062

Sandra WEBER
Phone: +43 316 873 6067

Phone: +43 316 873 6002

Pnone: +43 316 873 6001

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

Press inquiries

Barbara GIGLER
Tel.: +43 316 873 6006

Vice Rector for Research: Horst Bischof

Research: Field of responsibility

  • Strategic orientation of research at TU Graz
  • Cooperation projects with industry and research, and technology transfer. 




Source: TU Graz - Lunghammer

Graz University of Technology focuses its excellent achievements in five Fields of Expertise, which – linked up in an interdisciplinary way both with the regional economy and internationally – creates ideal conditions for scientific excellence and technology transfer.


Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Rechbauerstraße 12/1
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 873 6020 
Fax: +43 316 873 6845 


Institute of Computer Graphics and Vision
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 873 5011

Personal details

Born in Switzerland in 1967 and brought up in Upper Styria, Horst Bischof studied computer science at TU Wien and subsequently became a scientific assistant at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). He returned to TU Wien as a university assistant, where he gained his doctorate in 1993 and his habilitation in 1995.

He then became visiting professor at the Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision at Graz University of Technology before he was appointed professor of Computer Vision in 2004.

Horst Bischof has been Vice Rector for Research at Graz University of Technology since 2011. He has published more than 630 scientific works and been presented with 20 national and international awards for his publications.

Download CV Horst Bischof

Objectives and projects 2015 – 2019

  • Achievements and excellence in research in the 5 Fields of Expertise of TU Graz
  • Selective cooperations with international strategic partners
  • The BioTechMed-Graz cooperation between three partner universities – the University of Graz, the Medical University of Graz and TU Graz – is creating an internationally visible cluster in the field of the large-scale shared research projects Molecular Biomedicine, Neurosciences, Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology as well as Quantative Biomedicine and Modeling.
  • Safeguarding a balanced ratio between basic research, applied research and contract research
  • Positioning Graz University of Technology as a research partner for regional business
  • Development of endowed professorships.

Vice Rector for Academic Affairs: Detlef Heck

Academic Affairs: Field of Responsibility

  • Strategic management of study programmes
  • Registration Office
  • In-House Training
  • Educational Technology
  • Lifelong Learning – external continuing education offers
  • International university relations and mobility programmes.

The Deans of Studies support the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs.

Source: TU Graz - Lunghammer

Teaching at Graz University of Technology benefits as much from strong research as it does from good contacts with business and industry. Our graduates work at the cutting edge of scientific and engineering principles. At the same time we encourage an entrepreneurial mindset and action and prepare students for the job market with this in mind.


Detlef HECK
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. 
Rechbauerstraße 12/I
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 873 6010


Mag.phil. Dr.phil. 
Rechbauerstr. 12/I
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 873 8550

Objectives and projects 2015 – 2019

  • Continuing the internationalisation of doctoral programmes
  • Implementing the internationalisation of master’s programmes
  • Developing the lead position of TU Graz in the field of innovative teaching and learning methods
  • Promoting the principles of science and engineering in teaching
  • Ensuring market-oriented training
  • Developing courses for continuing education and further qualification
  • Promoting students’ soft skills.




Personal details

Civil engineer Detlef Heck was appointed professor at Graz University of Technology in 2006 and is head of the Institute of Construction Management and Economics. He studied civil engineering at TU Darmstadt and from 1997 worked as engineer and project manager at Ed. Züblin AG in Stuttgart. After receiving his doctorate in 2004, he was a postdoc at the Institute of Construction Management at TU Darmstadt. In 2013 Detlef Heck became chairman of the curricular committee for the programme of Civil Engineering Sciences, member of the curricular commission and substitute member of the Senate.

Since 2013 he has been head of the Institute of Construction Management and Economics, and since October 2015 Vice Rector of Academic Affairs at TU Graz.

Vice Rector for Finance and Human Resources: Andrea Hoffmann

Finance and Human Resources: Field of responsibility

  • Financial management
  • Portfolio management and controlling
  • Personnel management and administration
  • Human resource development
  • Workplace health promotion
  • Legal services and central services
  • Purchasing
  • Risk management 




Source: TU Graz - Lunghammer

As part of a high-calibre scientific community, Graz University of Technology deliberately places great store on networks and aynergies – both within the University and outside. Co-operation both with business and industriy, and places of research and education are being strategically strengthened. Nationally and internationally.


Mag.iur. Mag.rer.soc.oec. Mag.rer.soc.oec. Dr.iur.
Rechbauerstraße 12/1
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 873 6030
Fax: DW -104060


Rechbauerstraße 12/I
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 873 6001


Mag.iur. Dr.iur.
Phone: +43 316 873 6051

Personal details

Andrea Hoffmann was born in Vienna in 1962. Hoffmann started to set up the Commercial Department of Modine Austria in 1986, where she was responsible for the departments of finance and accounting, controlling, human resources, IT and law and for which she became commercial director in 2003. Parallel with her professional career, she completed her studies in commercial science at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, law at Johannes Kepler University Linz and business administration with focus on change management also at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She became a doctor of law at Johannes Kepler University Linz in 2008.

Andrea Hoffmann has been vice rector at Graz University of Technology since 2011.

Objectives 2015 – 2019

  • Creating optimum conditions for research and teaching
  • Ensuring sustainable economic stability of TU Graz
  • Recruiting the best minds through strategic application management. 




Vice Rector for Communication and Change Management: Claudia von der Linden

Communication and Change Management: Field of responsibility

  • Alumni relations
  • Library and archive
  • Change Management
  • External communication and marketing
  • Internal communication
  • IT




Source: TU Graz - Lunghammer

Universities undergo constant and rapid change. That’s why it’s so important to keep the lines of communication open with stakeholders – from potential students and cooperation partners in science and industry to alumni – and to live out the principles of diversity and change within the University. Only by doing so can we achieve our objectives in international competition.


Dipl.Wirtschaftsing. (FH), MBA (IMD)
Rechbauerstraße 12/I
8010 Graz
Phone: +43 316 873 6050

Assistents of the Vice Rector for Communication and Change Management:

Rechbauerstraße 12/I
8010 Graz
Tel.: + 43 316 873 6058

Rechbauerstraße 12
8010 Graz
Tel.: + 43 316 873 6055

Personal details

Claudia von der Linden is a business consultant with particular area of focus on strategic and organisational development, communication and marketing and change management. She is a graduate engineering manager with a diploma from the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS) in Germany and with an MBA from the IMD Business School in Switzerland. She initially worked in industry, and then from 1990 to 2002 as managing director and partner in a range of international consulting companies, among which included BIS Strategic Decisions, Mitchell Madison Group, and Theron Business Consulting.

Since 2002 she has been managing partner at Permion Consulting GmbH, Austria, and since 2015 also Vice Rector for Communication and Change Management at TU Graz.

Objectives and projects 2015 – 2019

  • Development of target-group oriented national and international marketing
  • Strengthening internal communication
  • More effective and efficient organization of administrative processes with the help of change management
  • Embedding participatory change management architecture at Graz University of Technology, taking into account all organisational levels.