Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) have had long-terms and efficient relationships. One of the biggest universities in Austria has been SPbPU's strategic partner since 2013, and their collaboration started in 1985. It's remarkable that TU Graz was the first Austrian university that signed an agreement with the former USSR University (Leningrad Polytechnic Institute back then).

During this time TU Graz delegations constantly visited Polytechnic University, and SPbPU representatives made return visits to Austria. There were seminars on various activities, joint trainings, teachers and students exchanges.

June 27th, 2017 TU Graz delegation visited Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University to discuss further issues of cooperation and development. Next day professor Wolfgang E. Ernst visited the Institute of Physics, Nanotechnology and Telecommunications (IPNT), where he had negotiations with the Director of Higher School of Applied Physics and Space Technologies E.N. Velichko and the Head of the subdepartment 'Experimental Physics' V.K. Ivanov. The parties discussed the issues of joint cooperation, and gave special consideration to two areas: researches of different materials and fractions; and also spectroscopy. In addition TU Graz and IPNT shared their ideas about students and PhD students’ internships.