Digital Economy TU Graz

Digital Economy

Graz University of Technology 
Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.techn. Stefan Vorbach


10 Wochen


9 Wochen


9 Wochen


9 Wochen


10 Wochen


9 Wochen


9 Wochen


9 Wochen

10 weeks

Time required
ca. 125 hours

max. 20


Start Date
6 March 2023

Application Closing Date
6 March 2023

Previous Knowledge
a qualification specific to the target group

EC and Costs
5 EC for € 1,500


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Course leadership

Stefan Vorbach

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.techn. Stefan Vorbach

Stefan Vorbach studied industrial engineering and mechanical engineering at the Graz University of Technology and environmental protection technology at the Technical University in Munich. He received his doctorate from Graz University of Technology in 1999 and his habilitation in business administration from Karl Franzens University in Graz in 2005. Since November 1, 2010, Stefan Vorbach has been the head of the Institute for Corporate Management and Organization at Graz University of Technology. His interests include innovation and technology management, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, and organizational issues. Since October 2019, Stefan Vorbach has been Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at TU Graz.

Course information

Course content

What to expect from this course?

Digital business and action fields are experiencing enormous growth. This growth is due to the online activities that take place among people, companies, and end devices, comprising several trillions of datapoints and processes each day. In this module/microcredential, you will receive a systematic overview of new business and action fields in the digital economy. This overview will improve your understanding of conceptual basics as well as drivers of digital transformation. The approaches toward entrepreneurial thinking that you learn in the course provide you with also have the necessary tools to implement them. In the final transfer project, you will have the chance to work on a specific example from your everyday work/company using the technologies presented.

Previous knowledge

What previous knowledge is needed to take this course?

This course has been designed for

  • Engineers
  • Managers
  • Business economists

The course is particularly suitable for specialists from the sectors

  • Industry, R&D
  • Consulting Services
  • Trade and logistics
  • Energy industry
  • Marketing & IT

No initial academic training is required to attend this course.


Is it possible to receive a certificate?

Participants who successfully complete the online course will be issued a certificate of participation by Graz University of Technology. Participants who successfully pass an examination at the end of the whole microcredential course will be awarded a university certificate from Graz University of Technology. In addition, you will receive 5 EC.

Learning goals

After completing this course, you will be able to…?

You will acquire a systematic overview of new business and action areas in the digital economy. This includes understanding the conceptual foundations and drivers of digital transformation. With the approaches of entrepreneurial thinking you have learned, you have the necessary tools to implement them.

Course structure

How is the course structured?

This course takes place in 3 phases:

  1. Online phase: In the online phase, you will acquire basic knowledge through self-study. This acquisition takes place by reading a variety of articles, literature on the topic, viewing learning videos, and taking advantage of other small learning offers. You can choose when and where you learn. The TU Graz “TeachCenter” learning platform makes it possible for you to ask questions of and exchange information with lecturers and other course participants.
    Before the online phase begins, a synchronous online session (e.g. with Webex) will be held with the lecturer, providing you with an easy introduction to the contents of the modules. Every week, a synchronous online session with the lecturer is offered, enabling you to reflect on the content and to clarify any questions that remain through a direct exchange process.
  2. Attendance phase: Based on the online phase, you will deepen your knowledge in course units by receiving personal support from experts on site. The knowledge you have learned is discussed, reflected upon, further deepened, and applied in the context of case study examples. Participants who cannot be on site for professional reasons can participate in the courses via an online conference system (e.g. with Webex).
  3. Transfer phase: This phase takes place either individually or in a team. Here, you will apply the knowledge you have learned to find solutions to questions and problems from your company context. During this phase, you will also receive support from experts.

Course dates:

  • Online phase: 06.03.23-31.03.23
  • Attendance phase: 11.04.23 – 13.04.23
  • Transfer phase: 17.04.23-12.05.23


Here you will find answers to the most important questions about Microcredentials in cooperation with

Microcredentials are “mini-diplomas” of approximately 75-125 hours of effort that demonstrate knowledge and/or skills in a specific subject area. To earn a microcredential, it is necessary to first complete an online self-study course, then attend a guided exercise and transfer phase (online or face-to-face) supervised by subject experts. After passing a final assessment, you will receive a certificate issued by a university.

Microcredentials are ideal for continuing professional development, as they can be easily integrated into everyday working life due to the flexible, compact schedule and the online self-study phase. offers courses on topics that are currently relevant on the labour market or will be relevant in the future. Such further education can close the gaps between employees‘ formal education and new requirements on the labour market. If you want to expand your knowledge in the subject area later on, the certificate issued can be credited for further education at Austrian universities.

In order to obtain a microcredential and thus a valid certificate from a university, it is necessary to complete both the online self-study phase and the supervised phase as well as to pass a final assessment. The self-study part of the course, in which the basics are explained, is available openly licensed on one of our partner platforms. After completing the self-study phase, you will receive an automatically issued confirmation of participation, but not yet a university certificate.

Navigate to the course page of the desired course, then click on “Enrol now”. Enter your billing information and email address. You will then receive an email with all further steps.

Please keep in mind the enrolment deadline and any prerequisites for joining the course.

After registration you will receive an email with all further steps and information on payment options. You will then receive an invoice for the course fee.

Once you have been admitted to the microcredential course, you will receive an email with all further steps, including a how-to guide for creating an account at university. You can then use this account to access the relevant university systems where you will find all the course materials as well as the link to the online self-study course.

You will receive a university-issued certificate upon completion of the microcredentials course. Among other things, this certificate contains information on the effort involved, expressed in EC. 1 EC corresponds to 25 hours of work (example: 5 EC = 125 hours of work). The certificate can be presented at other European universities and credited towards a further education programme. Whether a microcredentials can be credited at a partner university lies in the responsibility of the partner university and follows the regulations applicable there.

If you would like to develop a microcredential, either building on an existing online course or with a new online course as the basis for the self-study phase, please contact us via the contact form and we will agree on the further procedure together.