In the foreground you can see the trophy of the "Best Teaching Awards". In the background you can see a panorama of Karlsplatz.

© TU Wien, Foto: Christian Marschnigg

Best Teaching Awards

Every semester almost 30.000 students take more than 2.000 lectures at TU Wien. TU faculty members do an amazing job that is the basis for the excellent reputation and worldwide success of TU Alumni. The awards and the festive award ceremony will put the teaching staff into the spotlight, who dedicate themselves to give our students the best possible education. 

What are the Best Teaching Awards?

The Best Teaching Awards Trophy is "made by and for TUW": the "owl" was designed and produced at TUW

  • Design: Dr. Shabnam Tauböck (Vice Rectorate for Academic Affairs) 
  • 3-D-printing in BronzeFill material: Projektass. Dipl.-Ing.Arko Steinwender (Institute of Management Science) 
  • Pedastel, concrete casting: Senior Scientist Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.Johannes Kirnbauer (Research Division of Building Materials, Material Technology and Fire Safety Science) 

Watch our Video, opens an external URL in a new window to see how the trophy was produced. 



The Best Teaching Awards is bestowed in two categories:

1. Best Teacher Award 

This award distinguishes particularly committed faculty members that offer outstanding teaching to students and who are able to create a fruitful learning environment for and with students. The nomination refers to the overall commitment of the respective lecturer and not only to a specific lecture. 

2. Best Lecture Award 

The launch of distance learning has been a major challenge. The Best Distance Learning Award distinguishes outstanding distance learning lectures carried out either by a team of lecturers or a single lecturer. This category focuses on didital lectures that have positively impressed students by the didactic set-up of the class or through the particularly convincing team of lecturers.

Special Award for External Lecturers

Only TU-internal faculty members can be awarded a Best Teaching Award as they often carry out their teaching responsibilities under particularly difficult conditions and have to juggle research, teaching and administrative tasks. 

To acknowledge the contribution of external lecturers to university teaching, the TUW will award a non-endowed special award to a particularly outstanding external lecturer. 

Who can be nominated? 

All lecturers of TU Wien who have held lectures in the current year of study (winter term 2020/21 and summer term 2021) can be nominated for a Best Teaching Award. External lecturers who have been nominated for a Best Teaching Award will be considered for the special award. 

Lectures that were held in winter term 2020/21 or summer term 2021 can be nominated for the category "Best Distance Learning Award".

It is not possible to nominate oneself. Prize winners of 2020 are excluded from the nomination and distinction in 2021. TU members involved in the organization of the Best Teaching Awards cannot be nominated.

Who can nominate in 2021? 

All students and members of TU Wien are invited to nominate lecturers and lectures that were particularly outstanding. 

Each person can carry out two nominations – one per category. Even though students experience the lectures first-hand, it is important to the Rectorate that teaching is considered from various angles. Therefore, all TU members are invited to nominate particularly committed faculty members. 

How does the nomination process work? 

The nominations can be pronounced between May 3 - June 30, 2021 after login in TISS, opens an external URL in a new window in two steps: 

The first part of the nomination consists in explaining the reasons behind the nomination by describing the distinctive characteristics of the nominated person in a statement, as well as by stating (a minimum of two) examples to illustrate the grounds for the nomination. 

In the second part of the nomination, a short questionnaire needs to be filled out by students who have attended the courses of the nominated lecturer. The questionnaire will result in an individual strength profile which will be submitted to the lecturers along with the nomination statements. This profile will give concrete indications about the individual strong points that the students see in the lecturer. 

This profile covers various categories referring to aspects such as the lecturer or the team of lecturers, the didactical lecture-design, the distance learning concept, the student engagement in class, the contact with the students, learning results or feedback, as well as value added and benefit for the students or framework conditions of the lecture. 

The selection of the award winners will be made based on the nomination statements as well as on the number of nominations considering the size of the lecture(s) held. The overall result of the quantitative and qualitative submissions will determine the prize winners of each category at each faculty. 

The Vice Rectorate for Academic Affairs will carry out the selection process with the support of the Strategic Education Development Center. 

Each award is endowed with EUR 5.000 and can be used by the category winner for improving the conditions in the field of teaching (for example by additional tutors or study assistants), procurements for teaching (literature, infrastructure), personal development or conference participation or for supporting staff in these fields. 

Prize winners who are no longer TU-staff members at the time of the awarding my use the prize money for the following projects: presentation of scientific work at conferences or meetings; participation in scientific events; research activities at universities or research institutions in Austria or abroad; activities of knowledge transfer (publications of scientific work); personal development measures for the scientific career. 

The special award is non-endowed. 

The Best Teaching Awards 2021 will be awarded with friendly support of the TU Wien alumni club, opens an external URL in a new window.

  • Nominations can be carried out between May 3, 2021 and June 30, 2021
  • Finalists will be announced until August 31, 2021
  • The awarding ceremony of the Best Teaching Awards 2021 takes place on October 7, 2021

with kind support of the TU Wien alumni club

Awarding Ceremony

Best Teaching Awards 2021

Thursday, October 7, 2021

5:30 pm until 8 pm


+43 1 58801 - 406401

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Kurt Matyas
Kurt Matyas, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs
“It’s the people who impart subject matters and make them tangible and understandable. I would like for the TU Wien to be a leading institution also in the way teaching is done, not only in research.”