TUtheTOP alumni, est. 2012, is a charitable club, run by volunteers, who are alumni and former, top performing students in all field of studies at the Vienna University of Technology.
Since industry executives consider the alumni to be the next generation of leaders, our aim is to bring more social values and, thus, societal and environmental responsibility into future management. We do so by encouraging the members’ continuous learning and development by means of 4 pillars—Networking, Events & Workshops, Mentoring, and Social Engagement.
through exchange with and contribution to other organizations, such as the WU TOP league or the Climate Launchpad, the world’s largest green business ideas competition to address climate change. We encourage open-mindedness, social values, dedication and merit to act as network between students, alumni, science and industry. Every year, different get-togethers allow for mutual growth among our diverse members, help them keep in touch and encourage them to meet new and inspiring people with experience-rich backgrounds. Join our public WhatsApp group.
of students and young professionals informally takes place through our extensive network of high achievers. Our members are active world-wide in a vast range of professions. From our youngest members being students or recent graduates, others hold junior and middle management positions in world-renowned industrial, consulting and academic institutions or run their own businesses. Through our members’ homogenous/shared values, our members do not face obstacles when reaching out to our network and mutually seek career advice from other, more experienced alumni.
benefit the personal and professional development of our members through disseminated knowledge of external and internal resources. This includes keynotes and stimulating conversations by distinguished speakers, springing into action at workshops and discussing socially relevant topics in specific Circles. Members stay informed of our own and interesting partner events through the internal member newsletter. Join our Facebook Page to learn about our past and future events!
actively teaches our members social responsible action and to give back to society. Having been very fortunate to receive our excellent education at the TU Wien, we are aware of our responsibility for community and started initiatives such as TUProgress and TUGutes that socially educate students early on in the TU Wien curriculum. For instance, with TUGutes, which was nominated for the Social Impact Award 2014, students can dedicate their class projects in several courses for a good cause.
A strong and long-lasting network with excelling members and a dynamic program
Promising members will help our alumni community and society grow by looking back and moving forward. By this we do not mean that we look for individuals that live in the past but for the ones who learn and build upon their rich and broad former experience to seize responsibility for shaping the world’s future. While for this academic achievement is important, we consider four other crucial factors—Extracurricular activities and performing talents of all kinds, international experience, excelling professionally as well as socially by personal qualities and seizing civic responsibilities of being part of an educational elite. To all of these factors fundamental are the following traits of our members:
We consider academic accomplishment as natural premise and seek it to be paired with strong personal qualities, extraordinary talent and striving for excellence in everything that is done. We value unconventional thinking and perspectives that are formed by non-standard personal experiences, the ability to leverage unusual personal circumstances and to take advantage of limited resources and opportunities. For instance, our members are amongst the best performing students of TU Vienna, have graduated with honors and/or early, and excel in their professional, public, as well as private lives.
Striving for excellence through experience is for us even more important than excellence by itself. Our club is nourished by the diverse, broad, world-wide experience of our members. We share professional expertise throughout all major industries, from aerospace to consulting to investment banking to pharmacy made in start-ups to established, world-leading institutions. Paired with individual private experience of globetrotting, failures, maneuvering people and solving challenges in different cultures, our members grow by exchanging the lessons learned in each other’s past.
We consider engagement to be the mother of experience. Without engagement we cannot live valuable experiences that allow us to leverage the learning to excel in future. Thus, being global citizens, our members are open-minded and seek every valuable engagement that advances our planet. We do not shrink back from failure and engagements that require us to take on the responsibility of leadership, if it is through speaking up or taking action, even in challenging times.
Our members are on top of their professional and private engagements, publicly engaged in social and community projects, as part of teams or leaders, in supporting people in poverty, hunger or with special needs, those who have been forced from home, as well as taking action to stop climate change, advocating social responsibility and sustainable development, and acting as ethical models. We know, we are only a small part in helping to improve the world, but hope to inspire others more by acting as ethical models in our society. This is one aspect that sets and keeps the ball of change rolling.
In Circles members with similar interests in specific fields meet regularly and discuss current and future challenges with experts in the field. Circles are a good way to find like-minded people and provide a platform to exchange innovative ideas and suggest solutions. Join us and visit the next Circle that most suits your interests. You can also found your own Circle and enrich the community with meetings with your personal passion as the guiding theme. We will support you with our resources. Additionally, if you have valuable input for a certain field, contact the respective Circle Lead directly to exchange knowledge. Please note that the Circles are also open to Non-TUtheTOP alumni members!
The Finance circle offers members interested in national and international finance issues a platform for professional and personal exchange. Main topics are: Investment Banking, Private Equity, Hedgefunds, Financial Consulting.
The IT-Circle functions as an interest group for IT-related topics. Key aspects for the events are innovation and new technologies and their implementation in practice, but also social issues in relation to IT.
The Automotive circle focuses on club members interested in current topics related to the automotive industry (e.g. electrification, new emission standards, automated driving).
Design and Architecture Circle
The Architecture and Design circle is an ideas playground, which offers its members not only the possibility to engage with prevalent topics of the built environment but also those of the relating fields.
The Healthcare circle brings together members interested in the healthcare sector. A wide range of topics, from pharma industry and healthcare IT to regulatory and financial questions, is covered and discussed in various forms.
The Start-Up circle organizes get-togethers with entrepreneurs on a regular basis in the cafe phil and offers its members direct expertise from successful company founders. If you are thinking about starting your own enterprise, this circle will suit your need for hands- on knowledge!
The Environmental Circle offers a forum to discuss current environmental challenges and sustainability issues. The topics are discussed not only from an engineering perspective but also from economical and political viewpoints to enable people to see the bigger picture.
The Energy Circle unites TU Alumni working in the field of energy (generation, trading, transmission & and aggregate demand) and offers them a forum to debate current industry trends (e.g. market and regulatory developments, best practice methodology & processes) as well as macro-economic and political aspects of decarbonisation.
Our organization team provides great talents and enthusiastic individuals with a unique experience that engages them in life long learning by building on their past to excel in future for the benefit of society.
Ana Maria Marcu
The club depends on the motivation and dedication of its members and their support. Participate and bring your own ideas to life! As a member you will also receive the internal newsletter with regular updates and details about our next events.