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Civil engineers capture, understand, design, calculate, plan and maintain systems in a constant interplay of natural and built environments. In doing so, they assume societal, ecological and economic responsibilities.
At the Faculty of Civil Engineering teaching and research are linked closely and pursued at the highest level. We educate future leaders and advise decision makers on socially relevant issues. Civil engineers thereby play a vital role in improving quality of life and creating a sustainable world in times of change.
Moving beyond the human scale, civil engineers enter both very small scales (e.g. building material optimisation) and very large scales (e.g. transport planning). People are always the centre of our actions, as is proclaimed by TU Wien’s mission statement: Technology for people.
As a faculty of TU Wien we commit fully to this statement and pay special attention to gender and diversity competences being introduced, implemented and maintained sustainably on all hierarchical levels of the faculty. Through this, the Faculty of Civil Engineering will continue to support diversity and equal opportunities at TU Wien.
What defines us:
A culture of mutual appreciation
Treating one another respectfully and with appreciation is the basis of our challenging and independent research and teaching duties. We distinguish ourselves by our ability to handle conflicts and build relationships, by bravery, collegiality and knowledge of ourselves and those next to us.
In a world of ever increasing complexity, we believe interdisciplinarity is an indispensable means to improving our ability of understanding the world. Applied interdisciplinarity is therefore an essential part of our continuing learning process. To this end we continue to expand the spectrum of applications for civil engineering competences and support the emergence of new disciplines in research and practice.
Building bridges between fundamental research, application and practice
Our research is focused on generating scientific knowledge based on questions arising from engineering practice. We thereby build bridges in our research and teaching between fundamental science and technical applications, which are essential for our societal development. Civil engineers guide this process towards implementation of technical applications in everyday use.
Pioneers in mathematical modelling
We aim to make the world more calculable, as this was the starting point for civil engineering as a discipline. The increasing influence of mathematics in our society helps us maintain, shape and develop our world, and also further mathematics and natural sciences themselves.
Fusing experimental and theoretical research
We connect theoretical models, which represent artefacts and processes as modelled reality, with empirical data gathered from measurements from nature and experiments. The latter require theoretical frameworks; and also the nature of the experimental data influences the form of the theory.
We advance innovation and performance processes in civil engineering on the basis of our research-driven focus through the individual skills, expertise and abilities of our employees and students. We thus substantially foster the competitive potentials of domestic enterprises and the construction industry as a whole.
Leadership in times of technological, ecological and socio-economic challenges
We are profound problem solvers and take on a leading role in a world that is becoming more complex and fast-paced through our technical expertise and academic reputation.
The present Development Plan 2019+ of the Faculty of Civil Engineering is the result of an extensive, participative discussion process. Based on an in-depth analysis of the initial situation and after defining the principles of development, it contains the main strategic development goals of the faculty in teaching, research and organizational development for the next two performance periods until 2025.
The future challenges and necessary developments of the Faculty of Civil Engineering are closely related to current and emerging socio-political, ecological, economic and technological trends.
Our scientific research will therefore focus on the following three research priorities, which are the interdisciplinary cross-sectional topics:
- Big Data in Civil Engineering
- Bionics and Green Building
- Risk and Disaster Mitigation
It is our goal to establish new research fields in these areas in an internationally visible manner, to expand our existing expertise and to assume leadership in these fields.
Research-led teaching is an essential unique selling point of university education at our faculty and already characterizes the basic structure of the bachelor's program and is consistently implemented in the master's program. In the coming years, the following key development goals will be pursued:
- Digitization of teaching and knowledge transfer
- Increased internationalization through expansion of exchange programs and development of English-language study programs
- Coordination of teaching to improve the studyability of the courses offered
- Expansion of support programs for women, first-year students and talents
In order to achieve the goals in research and teaching, the following essential measures in personnel and organizational development are planned:
- Creation of three new §98 and §99(4) professorships in the area of new research priorities, two of them for women
- Modification of the content of 5 of the 7 §98 professorships to be filled
- First-time establishment of at least two temporary §99(4) (industrial) professorships
- Creation of at least 4 new career positions for excellent academics, half of them for women
- Establishment of faculty research clusters and TU research centers in the new funding priorities to strengthen interdisciplinary research
- Creation of a new institute and 8 new research areas
As far as the spatial infrastructure is concerned, the faculty will move in the course of the "TU UniverCity" project: all institutes will be joint in the main building at Karlsplatz and the new "Science Center - Phase II" laboratory site will be established.
PDF Download: Faculty Development Plan 2019+
The Faculty of Civil Engineering is committed to pushing the process of gender mainstreaming to optimize the advancement of women. Equality of women and men and social equality of opportunity are to be supported in a targeted manner in all areas. The faculty strives for an appropriate gender balance, especially in management positions and professorships. In addition, a balance in numbers is also strived for in the Pre- & Post-Doc area, in the administration and in the collegial bodies.
The strategic goals are:
- Increase the proportion of women in top scientific positions
- Career and personnel development for young female scientists
- Acquisition of female students
To this end, numerous measures are taken and continuously developed, such as
- Target agreements with the Rectorate of the TU Vienna for the advancement of women and increasing the proportion of women in the faculty
- Women's advancement plan of the faculty 2016+ (revision planned for 2021)
- Establishment of women in the professorial curia and increase of the proportion of women in the academic mid-level staff as well as among the students
- Participation in information programs and information for prospective students
- Training of managers and commission members on the topic of gender and anti-bias
- Support for reconciliation programs
These activities are in close connection with the relevant departments of the TU Wien, in particular the Department for Gender Competence, the Working Group for Equal Treatment Issues and the Compatibility Officer of the TU Wien.