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Internationalisation at TU Wien

Specialist Unit Internationalisation und Support (E063_02)

The specialist unit “Internationalisation and Support” is entrusted with agendas of strategic projectmanagement in the range of activities related to internationalisation.  Monitoring of “TU Wien International” and the concrete implementation of with the Rectorate and the Faculties co-ordinated projects in the field of internationalisation belong to the main task areas.

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The global embedding of universities

On the one hand, universities are usually more strongly networked within the disciplines than other organizations and operate worldwide. On the other hand, universities are very nationally bound, especially in the areas of education, studies and certification of academic degrees.

Since the 1990s, universities have reacted very intensively to the education and research programmes of the European Union as well as to globalisation developments and changing conditions in politics, business and society. Central service areas of the TU Wien - especially in the area of studies and teaching - are becoming increasingly international. In 2013, the strategy paper "TU Wien International" was developed for the steering coordination and targeted orientation of international activities.


The terms internationality and internationalisation are used in the relevant literature dealing with global developments in higher education. Internationality refers to a state and to activities that can be empirically recorded at a certain point in time. The TU Wien shows a high degree of internationality.

Internationalisation and the strategy paper "TU Vienna International"

The term "internationalisation" is intended to differentiate from this to express the desired strategic change processes in relation to defined international dimensions and objectives within a defined period of time.

The use of the term internationalisation then refers specifically in a narrower sense to the implementation of measures by the Rectorate and the Faculties as set out in the strategy paper "TU Wien International 2013+". We are thus talking about the efforts of the university management and the faculties to align the various international activities and actions at the TU Wien more strongly along 4 strategic guidelines and the corresponding objectives measures. This oriented action should also be measured by the extent to which the quality of research, teaching and studies can be consciously increased. The service facilities are also included.

The Department of Internationalization and Support is the central contact point at the TU Vienna for this purpose.

TU Wien is a cosmopolitan university and embodies internationality in its teaching, research and services.

Internationalisation increases the quality of research and teaching and also integrates the necessary service facilities.

  1. TU Wien orientates its international exchanges with excellent universities according to strategic considerations.
  2. TU Wien strengthens its opportunities for systematically recruiting qualified students, junior scientists and professors from abroad by creating an attractive, intercultural research and study environment.
  3. TU Wien promotes the international mobility of its students, junior scientists and professors.
  4. TU Wien strives to improve its international visibility and marketing.


Mag. Rosmarie Nigg

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