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Partnerships with Austrian Universities

Together we can do more! There are many reasons for doing collaborative projects with Austrian universities: pooling competences, expanding know-how, strengthening Styria as a place to do science, being perceived as a strong partner for business and industry, using available resources etc.

TU Graz works with other Austrian universities to achieve synergy effects for teaching and research. Currently, the following partnerships exist.


Strengthening, developing, combining and internationally positioning people with expertise in scientific research and teaching in Graz – these are the goals of NAWI Graz.

NAWI Graz represents a scientific cooperation between the University of Graz and the TU Graz and includes joint teaching, research and doctoral programmes. All programmes in the natural sciences are offered in combination, and about 5,200 students are currently taking part.

Degree and certificate programmes



Combined research for health – BioTechMed Graz links the University of Graz, the Medical University of Graz and TU Graz at the interface of basic biomedical research, technological developments and medical applications.  

The partnership pools competences and makes them more visible in the worlds of research, industry and politics. The aim is to establish a cluster in the health field which is such an important sector for the future. By bringing different disciplines together it becomes possible to work on highly complex research questions: cancer and brain research, imaging technologies, computer-based methods and sustainable health research.


Areas of Cooperation

  • Molecular Biomedicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology, Biotechnology
  • Quantitative Biomedicine and Modelling

Partnership with the Graz University of Music and Performing Arts

The Graz University of Music and Performing Arts and TU Graz work together to provide the bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering. It is the most longstanding interuniversity degree in Austria. A unique connection between the TU Graz and the Graz University of Music and Performing Arts, the degree programme in Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering combines technical and scientific training with an academic and artistic education. The Signal Processing and Speech Communication Laboratory (SPSC Lab) of Graz University of Technology has been installed for the degree. The Sound of Music is an interuniversity partnership between TU Graz and the Graz University of Music and Performing Arts, encompassing not only this degree but also very successful research ventures, such as the Advanced Audio Processing AAP K-Project financed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) COMET sponsorship programme, which was completed in 2013 as well as the Acoustic Sensing & Design K-Project, which started in April 2013.


South-East Development Network Teacher Training Programme

The new teacher training programme (PädagogInnenbildung NEU) provides a complete, homogenous academic education for all teachers, from primary to secondary school. Four universities and four university colleges of teacher education in Styria, Carinthia and Burgenland have worked together to develop a training programme for general secondary education. The South-East Development Network (Entwicklungsverbund Süd-Ost) established for joint curriculum development is the first of its kind in Austria. Depending on the programmes offered by the universities involved, it is currently possible to choose from 24 combinable teaching subjects as well as two specialisations. The new teacher training degrees mean that there is only one academic training programme for general secondary education. Graduates can therefore teach at new middle schools and academic secondary schools as well as at secondary technical and vocational schools and at colleges for higher vocational education.

TU Austria

42,000 students, 8,800 employees and a balance sheet of € 460 m: these are the dimensions of the natural sciences network of TU Wien, TU Graz and Montanuniversität Leoben.  

The umbrella brand TU Austria combines the strengths of three universities and achieve synergy effects: together we achieve more in research and teaching and have more influence on third-level education policy. The aim is to be perceived as a strong partner for business and industry.

Video TU Austria in 90 Seconds


Styrian Entrepreneurship Platform ST-E-P

TU Graz considers itself an entrepreneurial university. The Styrian Entrepreneurship Platform has been set up to combine our competences with those of the University of Graz. 


Science Space Styria

5 universities, 2 universities of applied science and 2 colleges of education form a network in the Science Space Styria and work together on a regional basis.  

The goal is to create a shared platform for science in Styria: the network is used to coordinate initiatives between the institutions, to agree on positions on major issues and to position Styria as a location for science. All together, the nine Styrian third-level institutions make up a successful Science Space Styria.

Video Science Space Styria

Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria

Living up to up our social responsibility: The Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria focuses its energy on establishing sustainability in the operations of the universities and on making a contribution towards a society that is fit for the future.  

The alliance is an informal and open network. It carries out activities involving multiple universities, exchanges experiences and makes use of synergies between the universities.

5 Thematic Areas

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • University management
  • Exchange of knowledge on sustainability issues
  • Sustainability strategy


An intact environment, a society that protects human dignity and social cohesion – these are the fundamental values of Sustainability4U, a joint initiative of the four Graz universities.  

Sustainability4U is a strategic committee of the rectorates of the four Graz universities for consultation, development and action. Its task is to respond to challenges and opportunities that arise within and between the universities, as well as at the regional and national level. Regular meetings are held to enable an exchange of ideas and experiences.

Thematic Areas

The universities establish and promote sustainability in the following areas:

  • Inter- and trans-disciplinary teaching and research
  • Continuing education and training of employees
  • Administration and management