Chemnitz University of Technology

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Chemnitz University of Technology
founding 1836/1986
Sponsorship state
place Coat of arms of Chemnitz, svg Chemnitz
state SaxonySaxony Saxony
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Gerd Strohmeier
Students 11,135 (WS 2017/18)
Employee 2,298 (of which 1,366 WM )
including professors 158 (December 1, 2017)
Annual budget € 169.0 million (2017)
(of which: € 71.7 million from third-party funds )
Networks DFH , MGU
Eduard-Theodor-Böttcher-Bau, TU main building on the Street of Nations

The Technische Universität Chemnitz ( TU Chemnitz ) is a German university in Chemnitz , Saxony .


Historically, the university emerged from the “Gewerbschule” founded in 1836. Just one year later, a building trade school was attached to the Royal Trade School , which in 1855 became a Kgl. Master craftsman school followed. When the trade school was founded, it was incorporated into a factory drawing school in Chemnitz since 1796, which was separated from the trade school in 1858 in terms of budget. These four schools existed de facto side by side and were united in the person of the director. In 1878 these schools were organized into a school association under the name “Fund of the Technical State Teaching Institutes”. Above all, the trade school, which was renamed "Gewerbeakademie" in 1900 and "State Academy for Technology" in 1929, achieved high recognition in Germany and a special position between technical universities and technical colleges.

After the Second World War, the association was reopened in 1947 as a pure technical school under the name "Technische Lehranstalten". In 1953 the Karl-Marx-Stadt University of Mechanical Engineering was rebuilt at the same location and in the same building . In the course of the streamlining of the technical school landscape in the GDR, the old technical school was dissolved in 1955. The University of Mechanical Engineering was elevated to the status of a technical university in 1963 and a technical university in 1986.

There was also an institute for Marxism-Leninism at the TH / TU Karl-Marx-Stadt for the multi-year Marxist-Leninist basic course for students of all disciplines in the GDR, which has been mandatory since 1951 . It later also had to take over the ongoing ML training courses for the scientific staff, lecturers and professors.

In 1992 the former " Pedagogical University Zwickau " was incorporated and the university was renamed "Technische Universität Chemnitz-Zwickau". With the establishment of the Faculty of Economics (1993), the Faculty of Philosophy (1994) and the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (2009), the scientific and technical profile of the university was also geared more towards a full university . In 1997 it was renamed again, and the facility was given its current name “Technische Universität Chemnitz”.

In 2009 the university consisted of 159 professorships , which were spread over eight faculties . With more than 10,000 students, the TU Chemnitz is the third largest university in Saxony after the University of Leipzig and the TU Dresden .

As part of the excellence initiative of the federal and state governments, the MERGE cluster of excellence - technology fusion for multifunctional lightweight structures was funded until 2017 at the TU Chemnitz . The university is also involved in the Cluster of Excellence Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden at TU Dresden. Chemnitz University of Technology successfully participated in both rounds of the program for women professors , which is financed by the federal and state governments.


Central lecture hall building of the TU Chemnitz, Uniteil 2 on Reichenhainer Straße


  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Mathematics
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Faculty of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Philosophical Faculty
  • Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

Central facilities

  • Academy for Knowledge Transfer (Chemnitz Management Institute of Technology and Center for Entrepreneurship)
  • Cluster of Excellence Technology fusion for multifunctional lightweight structures
  • Research academy with competence school
  • University Didactic Center Saxony
  • International University Center
  • University library
  • University data center
  • Center for Foreign Languages
  • Center for teacher training
  • Center for Microtechnologies (zfm)

Affiliated institutes

  • Cetex Institute for Textile and Processing Machines non-profit GmbH
  • Institute for Construction and Composite Structures, non-profit GmbH
  • Institute for Mechatronics V.
  • Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e. V.
  • TUCed GmbH training & knowledge transfer


Central projection of the main building
Building of the Patent Information Center Chemnitz (PIZ)
Central library of the TU Chemnitz
Institute for Physics and Clean Room
TU corner building on the Street of Nations

Due to the strong growth of the facility, the buildings of the TU Chemnitz are relatively widely distributed over the city, with the Uniteil Reichenhainer Straße being the central campus . There are currently four unit parts:

Uniteil 1: Street of Nations

In the center of Chemnitz , opposite the main train station, there is Uniteil 1, which comprises the buildings Straße der Nations 62 ( Böttcher -Bau), Bahnhofstraße 8 (patent information center) and Carolastraße 8. It houses part of the university management ( rectorate , chancellor , some departments ) as well as the central library and the university computer center. The Faculty of Computer Science , the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and parts of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering are also located here.

Unit part 2: Reichenhainer Straße (campus)

Located on Reichenhainer Straße in Bernsdorf , Uniteil 2 comes closest to an actual campus . Here are z. B. the new cafeteria , the campus library I and II university archive, the student council and the student union Chemnitz-Zwickau. In addition, the Faculty of Economics , the Faculty of Mathematics , the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology , the new Institute for Physics and Cleanroom of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, again parts of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and parts of the Philosophical Faculty are at home here.

The central lecture hall building, which was built between 1996 and 1997 for 33 million D-Marks, is also located here. It offers a total of 2,576 seats in 4 lecture halls and 14 seminar rooms and is commonly called the orangery because of its exterior paintwork .

Right next to it is the Adolf-Ferdinand-Weinhold -Bau, the largest building on the Reichenhainer Straße campus in terms of usable area. The building was completely renovated between 2010 and 2013 for 55.25 million euros and houses two lecture halls, 14 seminar rooms, eight language cabinets, 90 laboratories and 144 offices. In 2014 the building was awarded the Concrete Architecture Prize.

All student dormitories , the sports facilities for university sports, the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems (ENAS) are in the immediate vicinity .

Unit part 3: Erfenschlager Straße

Unit part 3, located on Erfenschlager Straße, is a bit remote and houses parts of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Faculty of Economics (innovation research, start-up network SAXEED ).

Unit part 4: Wilhelm-Raabe-Strasse

Uniteil 4, located on Wilhelm-Raabe- Strasse, houses part of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (Institute for Psychology).


  • Julius Adolph Stöckhardt (born January 4, 1809 in Röhrsdorf near Meißen, † June 1, 1886 in Tharandt) was a German agricultural chemist. In 1838, Stöckhardt received a position as a teacher of natural sciences at the Royal Trade School in Chemnitz. In addition to his school activities, Stöckhardt began to give "chemical lectures" for farmers in Chemnitz from 1843, which were very well received. His textbook "Schule der Chemie", published in 1846, was one of the most successful chemistry textbooks of his time; it went through twenty editions and was translated into several languages.
  • Julius Ambrosius Hülße (born May 2, 1812 in Leipzig, † June 26, 1876 in Dresden) was a German mathematician and technician. In 1841, Hülße took over the management of the trade and building trade school in Chemnitz as a professor and was its first teacher. Hülße reformed the curriculum. He introduced classes in geography and history, intensified German classes and created a preparatory class.
  • Eduard Theodor Böttcher (born January 10, 1829 in Dresden, † May 10, 1893 in Chemnitz) was a German mechanic and rector of the royal trade school in Chemnitz from 1866 to 1876. During this time, the trade school changed to a higher technical college.
  • Adolf Ferdinand Weinhold (born May 19, 1841 in Zwenkau, † July 2, 1917 in Chemnitz) was a German physicist and chemist. From 1865 he was appointed physics teacher at the royal trade school in Chemnitz. In 1870 he was awarded the title of professor. In his textbook “Physical Demonstrations” in 1881, he described a vacuum jacket bottle for laboratory purposes, which was later developed into a vacuum jug .

See also: List of well-known personalities from the Chemnitz University of Technology


The Chemnitzer Wirtschaftswwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft e. V. ( CWG ) is a society of alumni and sponsors of the Faculty of Economics. It is dedicated to the three central tasks of promoting knowledge transfer measures, maintaining alumni contacts and supporting teaching and research.

Further information

Cluster of Excellence Technology Fusion for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures - MERGE

The cluster researches material science and technological fundamentals for the large-scale and resource-saving manufacture of lightweight composite structures. The focus is on plastics , fiber-plastic composites (FRP), renewable raw materials and metals as well as the integration of smart systems in lightweight structures .

As part of the excellence initiative of the federal and state governments, MERGE is funded by the German Research Foundation for the period from November 1, 2012 to October 31, 2017 and, since 2016, by the BMBF as part of the first round of tenders for the "internationalization of top clusters, future projects and comparable networks ".

The cluster's spokesman is Lothar Kroll .

The Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e. V. (STFI), the Cetex Institute for Textile and Processing Machinery, the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU and the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS in Chemnitz and the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW ) and the Technical University of Dresden .

Radio UNiCC

Radio UNiCC was founded on November 13, 2001 in the Technical University of Chemnitz after about half a year. For the first broadcast in 2002, two basement rooms of the university were used. October 1, 2004 UNiCC went through FM broadcasting - in partnership with the non-commercial radio Radio T . However, the status of Internet radio has remained until today, as the FM broadcast lasts one hour (from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) every day. UNiCC can be heard via internet stream, in the Chemnitz area on FM 102.7 MHz (daily from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and in the Primacom cable network on 98.25 MHz and RFC on 103.7 MHz.


In addition to various nationally and internationally successful athletes, the university shows itself as a partner of the " Lauf-KulTour " project from a sporting and social side. The Lauf-KulTour has been carried out since 2007 and leads around 4,000 km around Germany once a year within 16 days. The project was initiated by students from the university; all participants are members of the university. The association of the same name wants to encourage people to exercise with the longest relay race in the world and supports changing organizations.

See also


  • Friedrich Naumann : 150 years of engineering training in Chemnitz / Karl-Marx-Stadt - preparation and highlights of the anniversary in 1986. Karl-Marx-Stadt 1990.
  • Friedrich Naumann: 175 years of technical mechanics. A contribution to the anniversary »175 years of Chemnitz University of Technology«. Universitätsverlag Chemnitz 2015, ISBN 978-3-944640-38-9 .
  • Friedrich Naumann: On the history of the institute for mechanics. In: The Institute for Mechanics introduces itself. Edited by TU Chemnitz-Zwickau, Faculty of Mechanical and Process Engineering, Chemnitz July 1996, pp. 3–12.
  • Friedrich Naumann: Chemistry as a teaching and research subject at the Chemnitz technical educational institutions. In: The Chemnitzer Fettchemie. From soap and drug dealers to chemical companies. Accompanying brochure for the exhibition from September 28 to November 16, 1997. Ed. J. Feldkamp. Chemnitz 1997, pp. 87-106.
  • Friedrich Naumann: From factory school to Universitas technicarum litterarum - 200 years of technical education in Chemnitz. In: From 600 years of school history in Chemnitz. Edited on the occasion of the ceremony "600 years of learned teaching in Chemnitz" by the school promotion association of the former Chemnitz State High School. V. Chemnitz 1999, pp. 45-72.
  • Hans-Joachim Hermes, Wolfgang Lambrecht, Stephan Luther: From the Kgl. Industrial college for technical university: The development of higher technical education in Chemnitz 1836–2003. TU Chemnitz, self-published, 2003. ISBN 3-00-012225-7 ( digitized version ).
  • Society of Friends of the Technical University of Chemnitz e. V. (ed.): 175 - the somewhat different anniversary book. Chemnitz: Universitätsverlag, 2011. ISBN 978-3-941003-28-6 ( digitized version ).

Web links

Commons : Technische Universität Chemnitz  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The Rector on (last accessed on 31 July 2019).
  3. Network. List of universities in the DFH network. In: Franco-German University, accessed on October 6, 2019 .
  4. Luther, Stephan (overall management): From the Kgl. Commercial school to the technical university. The development of higher technical education in Chemnitz 1836-2003. (PDF; 757 kB)
  5. Press release of the TU Chemnitz from June 15, 2012
  6. see page of the TU Chemnitz on the professorial programs I and II, accessed on August 26, 2015
  7. TU Chemnitz: Facts and figures on the central lecture hall building
  8. , TU Chemnitz: press article from October 7, 2013
  9. accessed on July 23, 2014
  10. Website of the Chemnitzer Wirtschaftswwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft e. V.
  11. DFG - EXC 1075: Technology fusion for multifunctional lightweight structures - MERGE. Retrieved July 10, 2017 .
  12. BMBF Internet editorial office: Top research from Germany becomes international - BMBF. Retrieved July 10, 2017 .
  13. ^ Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e. V .: Details - Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e. V. Accessed July 10, 2017 (English).
  14. Scientific lead projects. Retrieved July 10, 2017 .
  15. Cluster of Excellence. (No longer available online.) Formerly in the original ; Retrieved July 10, 2017 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archives )@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /
  16. Dresden Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research positively evaluated. Retrieved July 10, 2017 .
  17. DFG merge. Retrieved July 10, 2017 .
  18. Webpage of the Lauf-KulTour e. V.

Coordinates: 50 ° 50 ′ 21 ″  N , 12 ° 55 ′ 39 ″  E