A total of 26 people work in the Senate and more than 500 people work in its committees. That so many members of the university are involved shows the importance given to the respective tasks.
In addition to my responsibilities in research and teaching, I like working in the Senate as it is a central tool for the self-determination of the university and ensures freedom in science and teaching by bringing together all members of the university. As chairperson, I particularly work to ensure frank discourse and transparency in all decision making processes and warmly invite all members of TU Graz to attend the public part of our senate meetings.
Senate of TU Graz
Phone: +43 316 873 6080; 6081
The 26 members of the Senate, 2016 to 2019, with other participants of the meeting
The Senate of TU Graz is made up of 26 members from individual groups of university members.
Student members are delegated by the TU Graz Student Union. All other members are elected by the respective group for a 3-year term of office.
Academic year 2019/20
According to § 3 (2) of the rules of procedure of the senate, persons affiliated with the TU Graz (employees and students) have the right to be present at the public part of the Senate sessions.
Please register at the Senate's Office if you would like to take part in the public part of a senate meeting.
1 October 2019 to 30 September 2022
The Senate plays an important role in making autonomy and self-determination of the university a reality:
legislative assemblyof the university. It legislates the statute of the university, which defines important regulations, such as study regulations or measures for the advancement of women, and which are constantly being adapted to the changing legal and social frame conditions.
The Senate ensures quality on a strategic level:
The Senate authorises committees who are responsible for quality assurance when employing professors with an open end contact and awarding the venia docendi. Appointment of university management and selection of management personnel is made strategically and in accordance with the quality standards of the whole university.
Central strategic documents, such as the Development Plan (in German) or Organisation Plan, are drafted by the operative bodies and submitted to the Senate. The Senate approves the documents if they meet the quality criteria required from a strategic perspective.
These bases form the foundation of the Senate’s work.
The Senate is organised in accordance with § 25 University Act.
The Rules of Procedure of the Senate (in German: Geschäftsordnung des Senates) stipulate how the Senate works, how the meetings proceed and which cases the chairperson of the Senate can deal with independently.
The Statute of TU Graz regulates aspects such as electoral regulations for members of the Senate.
The following directives of TU Graz are decided upon by the Senate:
The documents mentioned are available for designing and changing curricula.
This is attended by chairpersons of senates and their deputies from public universities in Austria.
Conference of Senate Chairpersons at Austrian Universities: Die Konferenz der Senatsvorsitzenden
Members of the Senate participate in the Austrian university conference and its work groups.
To Austrian University Conferende: Österreichische Hochschulkonferenz