Junior teaching staff at TU Wien should get to grips with the culture of teaching and learning at university as early on as possible in their career. They should ensure that they are familiar with the basics of modern higher education teaching.

The aim of the basic qualification provided here is the development of fundamental teaching skills and basic familiarity with the role of a teacher.

An intensive course spanning two days is designed to support less experienced teaching staff as they get started on their teaching careers within a university setting.

Target group and legal basis

The completion of the basic qualification forms part of the collective agreement for university employees and is therefore a requirement for those who are new to teaching.

(According to Section 49, Para 8, opens a file in a new window, assistant researchers and senior scientists in their first year of employment should only be allowed to teach on their own once they have completed the training on offer [= basic qualification].)

This requirement may not apply if an employee has already taught as a lecturer. There is also the option of skills gained during previous training on higher education teaching being accepted if proof can be provided.

Ideally, skills will continue to be developed beyond the scope of the basic qualification. For this purpose, teaching staff can take their pick from the comprehensive workshop programme, which is constantly changing.

Teaching staff who are not required to complete training can attend sessions as they wish if places are available.

The intensive workshops required for the basic qualification are put on at regular intervals, meaning that it is usually possible for staff to be teaching on their own within six months.