The old seal of TU Graz is replaced by symbols for the five faculties. The new logo is based on five conjoined squares which originally symbolises the former five faculties, but also stand for interdisciplinarity and cooperation over the whole range of research and teaching. In 2005, the “TU Graz” word mark replaces the previous “TUG” word mark.
In 1999, twenty nine European education ministers sign a declaration in Bologna, Italy, to create a standardised European higher education system by 2010. Austria also signs the agreement. The agreed measures cover, among other things, comparable degrees: bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes, the use of ECTS, and the promotion of mobility. In the winter semester 2001/02, Telematics is the first field of study to be offered as a bachelor’s programme at TU Graz. This paves the way for the changeover from the system of diploma programmes to the bachelor’s and master’s programmes, and is concluded in the winter semester 2009/10 with the introduction of the master’s programme in Architecture.
On 1 January 2001, the federal government transfers all land and buildings belonging to TU Graz to the federally owned “Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H. BIG”. From this point on, TU Graz becomes the user of the rented BIG premises.
The University Organisation Law 2002 (UG 2002) comes into force on 1 October 2002, becoming operative on 1 January 2004. All statutory provisions governing organisation law, university study law, budgets and personnel are now contained in one federal law. Under the new law, all universities are hived off from federal administration and are to receive a global budget which also contains performance conditions. Performance agreements relating to desired scientific and social objectives are negotiated with the relevant federal ministry. From now on, universities are employers of their personnel.
The implementation of University Organisation Law 2002 is completed in 2004. TU Graz is divided into seven faculties hosting a total of 100 institutes, and constitutes an independent legal entity under public law. The university management consists of the Rectorate, the Senate and the University Council.
Cooperation between TU Graz and the University of Graz in chemistry, earth sciences, mathematics and life science technology leads to an institutional cooperation in 2005. Under the name NAWI Graz, both universities implement joint bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes, and commit themselves to organising and carrying out joint research plans.
TU Graz, together with the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Leoben, founds the association TU Austria in 2010. The TU Austria universities combine forces in the areas of research, teaching and university politics and present themselves as partners of commerce and industry.
TU Graz celebrates its bicentenary in a festive event, the exhibition “200 leading minds of science” and numerous events.
With the inter-university cooperation project “BioTechMed-Graz”, the University of Graz, the Medical University of Graz and TU Graz unite their expertise at the interface between humanity, technology and medicine from 2012 onwards.
After the conversion of all Doctoral Schools to English as language of instruction was completed in 2013, the switchover in Master’s programmes began in 2014. First to go were Computer Science, Technical Chemistry and Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering. More Master’s programmes follow every year. In the 2019/20 academic year, TU Graz already offers 16 out of 35 Master’s programmes in English as the language of instruction.
TU Graz opens its first international liaison office at its strategic partner university, Tongji University in Shanghai. The mission of the office is to intensify the networking between the two partner universities, to grow and develop collaboration between TU Graz and Tongji University and to promote dialogue between students and staff. Shortly afterwards additional TU Graz offices open at ETH Zurich, TU Munich and TU Berlin, as well as joint liaison offices with The University of Graz and FH JOANNEUM in Slovenia and Croatia. Also, a contact point was set up at the Turkish-German University in Istanbul.
Anna Eibel and Maria Eichlseder are the first two women doctoral candidates to graduate sub auspiciis præsidentis – exactly 100 years after women were first allowed to study at technical colleges in Austria. This is the highest academic honour awarded to students in Austria; to qualify, they must have an unbroken record of top grades and distinctions from the senior cycle of secondary school up to and including the degree in question. The degree is traditionally conferred by the President of Austria in person.
TU Graz adopts an ambitious roadmap for its path to climate neutrality by 2030, thereby fulfilling its social responsibility and acting as a role model in climate protection.