Technical University Dresden

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Technical University Dresden
motto Knowledge creates bridges - education connects people.
founding 1828/1961
Sponsorship state
place Dresden city arms Dresden
state SaxonySaxony Saxony
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Ursula M. Staudinger
Students 31,966 (WS 2019/20)
Employee State funding : 4559
(12, 2019)
Third-party funding: 3682
(12, 2019)
including professors 560 (2018)
Annual budget over 577 million euros (2018) of
which approx. 46% third-party funding
Networks CESAER , DFH , DRESDEN-concept , TU9 , TIME , ACQUIN , EUA , Silicon Saxony u. a.
Built in 1913 for the civil engineering department: the Beyer building with the characteristic Lohrmann observatory

The Technical University of Dresden (TUD) is the largest university in the Free State of Saxony with around 32,000 students (of 107,000 in Saxony), 600 professors and around 8,300 employees from 70 countries . It has three locations in Dresden as well as several smaller branches in the area around the city. Together with eight other universities for technical courses, she founded the TU9 in 2006 and is the only member there from the new federal states . With 124 courses (as of February 2020), it has one of the broadest subject ranges in Germany and, with these, is one of the full universities . For the winter semester 2019/2020, 8,000 students were enrolled for the first semester.

From the third round of the Excellence Initiative, two Excellence Clusters and one Graduate College were funded at the TU Dresden. In addition, the TU Dresden won with its future concept "The Synergetic University" in the largest funding line, which is intended for the overall structures of the universities. This made it one of the eleven so-called elite or excellence universities in the media . As part of the excellence strategy of the federal and state governments, the funding phase of which began in autumn 2019, the university was successful with three funded clusters of excellence and also asserted itself as one of eleven universities in the universities of excellence funding line.


Technical educational institution

Technical educational institute on Antonsplatz (1846–1873)

On May 1, 1828, the Technische Bildungsanstalt zu Dresden was founded in order to be able to train specialists in technical areas such as mechanics , mechanical engineering and ship construction for the increasing industrialization . The founding director was Wilhelm Gotthelf Lohrmann , who built the institution in the Brühl Garden Pavilion on the Brühl Terrace . The building contained an auditorium and two drawing rooms; In the first year of its existence, 161 students studied at the Technical Educational Institute, nine of them in the first department. The eleven teachers who taught from 1828 included founding director Lohrmann, Heinrich Ficcinus (physics, chemistry, technology) and Rudolf Sigismund Blochmann (mechanics).

One of the most important characters in the early years was Johann Andreas Schubert , who at the age of 20 initially taught bookkeeping and as a second teacher mathematics at the school that had just been founded, and in 1832 became a professor at both the neighboring building school of the Academy of Fine Arts and at the Technical College was called. Schubert can be described as a universal genius in engineering: he constructed, among other things, steam ships, the Saxonia (one of the first steam locomotives in Germany) and the Göltzschtal bridge . In addition, he was active as an entrepreneur from an early age, briefly acting director of the technical training institute in 1849/50 and from 1851 headed its civil engineering department.

As early as 1833, the Technische Bildungsanstalt moved into larger premises in the former armory at Jüdenhof before it was given a new building on Antonsplatz in 1846 , which was used until 1873. From its first reform in 1851, the school emerged as the Royal Saxon Polytechnic School and was thus placed on an equal footing with the Royal Saxon Bergakademie zu Freiberg (today's Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg ) as the highest technical educational institution in Saxony. Under director Julius Ambrosius Hülße , who headed the school from 1850 to 1873, “the decisive qualitative change in education is linked from practice to theory”.

In 1815 the Surgical Medical Academy in Dresden was founded, whose founding member Carl Gustav Carus gave the medical faculty its name. This emerged in 1993 from the Dresden Medical Academy . In 1816 the forestry school founded by Heinrich Cotta in Tharandt in 1811 was named the Royal Saxon Forest Academy . The facility, which was integrated in 1929, existed from 1941 as an independent Faculty of Forest Sciences and is currently part of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences as a field of forestry.

Technical college

Building of the Technical University on what was then Bismarckplatz (destroyed in 1945)

In 1871, the year the German Empire was founded, the educational institution was renamed the Royal Saxon Polytechnic . Non-technical subjects such as economics , law , philosophy , history and languages ​​also found their way into or were deepened at the time. With this, the institute was raised to what it is today’s technical and university level before the Bergakademie in Freiberg. She moved into her new main building on Bismarckplatz in 1875. In 1883, in line with other technical universities in German-speaking countries, diploma theses were written and defended for the first time . The institution received the status of a technical university with a decree of February 3, 1890; it was now called the Royal Saxon Technical University . The then professor and last director of the Polytechnic Gustav Zeuner had a decisive influence on the changeover to the electoral rectorate . From 1900 the university had the right to award doctorates . An overview of the early doctoral candidates (period: 1900–1945) was published by the university archives in 2019. Honorary doctorates could now also be awarded to deserving scientists and entrepreneurs. The first honorary doctorate candidate was Friedrich Siemens .

The tradition of Dresden and the university as the center of photographic technology goes back to Hermann Krone , who, as the founder of landscape photography, taught photography at the Technical University , and the entrepreneur Richard Hüttig .

After the university needed ever larger rooms in the 19th century, the construction of today's campus began in the southern suburbs down the slope of Räcknitz at the turn of the century . Numerous buildings on the preserved core campus were built according to plans by Karl Weißbach and Martin Dülfer . The buildings are predominantly designed in historical architecture with clinker and sandstone facades . Among the most distinctive buildings of the campus, among other things, built from 1900 to 1905 are the main college building (since the 1920s Zeuner-Bau ) and the Fritz-Foerster-Platz location, 1913 inaugurated Civil buildings (since 1953 Beyer Building ) with the Lohrmann Observatory and its dome, which is about 40 meters above street level. The 30 cm Heyde refractor is used for observations in the field of geodetic astronomy . Due to unfavorable observation conditions, the branch in Gönnsdorf was set up for astronomical observations from the 1960s . Since 2007 the astronomical observations have been carried out in the new modern branch on the Triebenberg on the eastern edge of Dresden.

1902 Professor of Physiological Chemistry and General Physiology at the chemical department of TH appointed Arthur Schloßmann founded in Dresden Johannstadt together with the entrepreneur Karl August Lingner , the Institute (Kinderpoliklinik with Säuglingsheim), from which today's University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus emerged. Richard Mollier conducted research on technical thermodynamics at the TH and was later honored by the designation of the Mollier diagrams. Fritz Bleyl and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner , founding members of the expressionist artist group Brücke , studied architecture at the building construction department of the TH Dresden.

The First World War almost brought research and teaching to a standstill. Many students and employees of the university were wounded or died in the war.

Pedagogical Institute of the TH Dresden at Weberplatz

From 1923, elementary school teacher training was academicized in Saxony and a pedagogical institute was founded at the TH Dresden under the direction of Richard Seyfert . In the 1920s, well-known scientists worked at the young university in non-technical subjects, according to Victor Klemperer , who was appointed professor of Romance studies in 1920 . During that time, the first buildings were given their names of honor, which have been preserved to the present day (for example the Zeuner building). The Fritz-Foerster-Bau , like the Beyer-Bau designed as part of a comprehensive new building plan by Martin Dülfer, was built slightly elevated on the slope until 1927 and closed off the historic core of the campus on Mommsenstraße.

During the time of National Socialism , numerous well-known scientists from the TH were banned from working and subjected to reprisals. Victor Klemperer, Gustav Kafka , Richard Seyfert , Hans Gehrig and others stayed in Germany and continued to work on their scientific topics in private and in private. Others, such as the mathematician Richard von Mises , the theologian Paul Tillich , the physicist Harry Dember or the engineer Heinrich Luftschitz, had to emigrate abroad . Jewish students as well as students who belonged to a communist or social democratic party were not admitted to the course or de-registered.

Already before 1933 there were openly National Socialist scholars at the TH Dresden, such as the pedagogue Alfred Baeumler , who contributed to the basics of National Socialist education , or Otto Oesterhelt (née Israel), who had his surname changed in 1933 and later became active director of the Nazi lecturer help was. Large parts of the campus were destroyed in the air raids on Dresden , employees and students lost their lives or were wounded.

In the post-war period, other buildings such as the Barkhausen building were built

The reconstruction of the university after the Second World War took place from 1945/46 under the most difficult conditions and under the supervision of the Soviet Military Administration in Germany (SMAD). The structural reorganization began in 1946 with the establishment of three faculties for education and municipal economy as well as forestry under the rectorate of the mechanical engineer Enno Heidebroek . From 1949 to 1961 there was a temporary worker and peasant faculty at the TH Dresden , which had the Abitur training as its content and thus served to prepare workers and peasants' children for academic studies.

There was an institute for Marxism-Leninism , from 1969 a section for Marxism-Leninism, which was responsible for the basic Marxist-Leninist studies that have been mandatory for all students in the GDR since 1951 , and later also for the corresponding ongoing training of academic staff, lecturers and professors 1990 existed.

In 1950, the only faculty for traffic sciences to date was founded. The founding dean of this faculty was Transport Minister Hans Reingruber . From 1953 until his death in 1964 he taught and researched again at the independent University of Transport, which was spun off in 1952 . Forty years later, it was reintegrated into the TU as a faculty. The aviation and nuclear engineering faculties, which existed until 1961, also achieved a unique status.

Heinrich Barkhausen rebuilt his institute for low-voltage technology in a new building after the war . Barkhausen was appointed to the Technical University in 1911 and was one of its best-known electrical engineers. The importance of Dresden as an international microelectronics location can essentially be traced back to Barkhausen's work at the TH on transistor technology , in which he was involved until the end. In 1951, the Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering was split as a support.

Technical University

In October 1961, by a government decision of the GDR, the name was changed to the current name Technische Universität Dresden (Latin: Universitas litterarum et technicarum Dresdensis ). At that time there were eight faculties with over 10,000 students . During this time the attempt was made to establish aircraft construction in the GDR with the aircraft prototype 152 developed in Dresden . After the tests were discontinued at the end of the 1950s, the lead engineer Brunolf Baade was able to continue his basic research as director of the Institute for Lightweight Construction at the university.

The Dresden Atrium school building, one of the most frequently implemented designs among the type school buildings in the GDR, originated from an architectural project by TUD in 1963 . In the then Dresden district alone , around 180 Dresden Atrium schools had been built by 1981 .

The historical structure of the faculties was as good as dissolved in 1968 as part of the third university reform in the GDR, and its place was replaced by 22 newly founded sections with scientific areas and institutes. The newly formed Scientific Council, to which faculties were still subdivided, was responsible for carrying out doctorates, honorary doctorates and research. The rector Lieselott Herforth was in charge of the implementation of the university reform developed at government level ; the nuclear physicist was the first female rector (woman as rector) at a German university. In 1986 the Engineering College Dresden (IHD) was merged with the TU Dresden and together with Section 8 - Computer Science - formed the computer science center of higher education in the GDR , from which the Faculty of Computer Science emerged at the end of 1990 .

The first freely elected rector of the Technical University of Dresden was Günther Landgraf in 1990 . He played a decisive role in the development of the TU Dresden after 1989. Through the establishment of new institutes, departments and faculties (law, economics, philosophy, architecture) and the integration of other Dresden universities ( Medical Academy "Carl Gustav Carus" , University of Transport , Pedagogical University "Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Wander" Dresden ) the TU Dresden 1992 first full university with 14 faculties. The administration of the university was modernized by 1994, to which the then chancellor of the TU Dresden, Alfred Post, made a significant contribution. In 1994, Harald Schaub made headlines across Germany when he first used advertising to finance the lecture notes.

lecture hall center opened in 1998

From the mid-1990s onwards, numerous institute and lecture hall buildings were rebuilt, while others were completely renovated. In addition, the campus was expanded to the south (up the slope) and east, so that the Faculty of Computer Science and the natural science institutes (chemistry, biology) were able to move into modern research facilities by the end of the 2000s.

In 2002 the Saxon state government decided to carry out further structural reforms at the universities in the state. Above all, the humanities faculties (especially the law faculty) were reduced in size again in the 1990s, despite cost-intensive expansion. These plans led to violent protests among students and staff in 2002 and some had to be revised.

In 2003 the 175th anniversary of the university was celebrated and the new main building of the Saxon State and University Library near the campus was inaugurated. At the same time, the Dresden International University (DIU), the private sister university of TUD, was founded.

The plans to transform the TU Dresden into a foundation university go back to Alfred Post, who died in October 2005 . As part of the German Excellence Initiative , the university was able to secure funding for a graduate school and a cluster of excellence in the research field of biotechnologies in the first round . The TU Dresden applied in the second round in the third funding line Zukunftskonzepte , but failed with its application "School of Excellence", which mainly related to the tertiary education of the university. In the third round of the Excellence Initiative, in addition to two clusters of excellence and a graduate college, the future concept “The Synergetic University” was funded, making the TU Dresden one of the eleven so-called universities of excellence in the media. As part of the “Excellence Strategy” of the federal and state governments following the Excellence Initiative, the university was successful with three funded clusters of excellence as well as the Excellence Universities funding line.

In 2014, open topic chairs were advertised and filled at the TU Dresden and for the first time in Germany.

The majority of the faculties are currently divided into institutes . Other structures can be found in the Faculties of Economics, Law, and Environmental Sciences. Since May 2012, all faculties have also been subordinate to five areas (mathematics and natural sciences; humanities and social sciences; construction and environment; engineering sciences; medicine). Furthermore, 13 affiliated institutes and 16 central scientific institutions belong to the Technical University of Dresden.

Profile and importance

Under the motto "Knowledge creates bridges - education connects people", the TU Dresden has been formulating its claim since 2003 to strengthen synergies between society, science and business by developing and providing services for lifelong learning . In this context, the university particularly emphasizes the interdisciplinary orientation of its research institutions and their international network. The declared goal of the TU Dresden is to become one of the 100 best universities worldwide by 2022.

The university is considered to be significantly underfunded. By 2020, more than 1,000 jobs should be cut at Saxon universities, including the TU Dresden. The university's budget is missing around 50 million euros per year (as of 2012). Since March 2012, the creation or extension of budget positions has to be personally approved by the Saxon Prime Minister. 6 courses, 49 professorships and 224 positions are now to be eliminated (as of May 2013). Due to the success of the Excellence Initiative, 94 planned job cuts were withdrawn by the state government.

In order to counteract the "existing inequalities, especially in the filling of professorships at the TU Dresden", the university started a visiting professor program in 2013. It is named after the physicist and mathematician Eleonore Trefftz .

Excellence Initiative

As part of the excellence initiative of the federal and state governments , the graduate school "Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering" (DIGS-BB) and the excellence cluster " Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden " (CRTD) have been funded at the university since November 2006 . In addition, on June 15, 2012, funding for the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) cluster of excellence was applied for . In the highest funding line Zukunftskonzept , the university was successful in the third round with the program "The Synergetic University", which provides for close cooperation between the TU Dresden and the other scientific institutions in Dresden, and has therefore been one of the eleven German "Excellence Universities ".

In the Excellence Initiative detaching excellence strategy , the promotion begins in the fall of 2019, the TU Dresden was in 2018 successful in the clusters of excellence (EXC) with three excellent clusters whose promotion starts 2019: The Center for tactile Internet with human-machine interaction (CETI) , the Cluster Physics of Life - The Dynamic Organization of Living Matter (PoL) and the Cluster Complexity and Topology in Quantum Materials: Basic Concepts, Material Design and New Technologies (ct.qmat; together with the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg ). The university thus qualified for the application for the second funding line Universities of Excellence (EXU) and prevailed in the competition for permanent funding as a University of Excellence in July 2019.

Society and politics

TU Dresden initiated or supported various projects and institutions that connect university and society or enable non-students to participate in university offers. In 1994 the TU Dresden initiated the Dresden Citizens University , which is aimed at residents of Dresden and the surrounding area. In the same year, the Dresden University of Technology, the German Hygiene Museum Dresden (DHMD) and various other educational institutions in the city founded the Dresden Seniors Academy for Science and Art (DSA). Parts of the university offer can also be attended as guest auditors; Since 2015, the guest student offer has also been aimed at asylum seekers.

In 2004 the TU Dresden, the German Hygiene Museum and the Sächsische Zeitung launched the Children's University , which is aimed at school children between the ages of eight and twelve years. The first lecture took place in May 2004. The TU Dresden takes part in the Long Night of Science every year .

The TU Dresden was in the public eye in connection with the Islamophobic and xenophobic organization Pegida . Hans Vorländer , Professor of Political Theory and History of Ideas at the TU Dresden, published the first empirical study on Pegida demonstrators in January 2015, which was criticized for its methodology. Werner J. Patzelt , TUD Professor for Political Systems and System Comparison until 2019, published another study on Pegida in the same month and was a regular guest on TV talk shows as well as interview partner for the press and radio.

In May 2015, the then rector of the university, Hans Müller-Steinhagen , announced that several top scientists had “threatened” to leave the TU Dresden in connection with Pegida. The "verbal and physical violence against foreign and foreign-looking" students and employees occurs again and again, which is an "enormous loss of reputation" for the TU Dresden. One of Müller-Steinhagen's goals was to increase the proportion of foreign students from 14 percent (as of 2015) to 20 percent by the end of his term in 2020. In November 2019, the share was 16 percent.

International cooperation

The TU Dresden cooperates with numerous universities and colleges worldwide. University contracts that require cooperation in research and teaching as well as other scientific areas exist with internationally renowned universities such as Boston University , Ohio State University , King's College London , Pohang University of Science and Technology or Beijing Technical University which are regularly ranked among the top universities in their region in the Times Higher World University Rankings . In addition, TU Dresden, in cooperation with various partner universities, offers double degrees for some disciplines . These include, for example, double degrees in civil engineering with the ESTP Paris , INSA Strasbourg or the University of Trento , in mechanical engineering with the ENSAM Metz and the VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava , in economics with the IECS Strasbourg and the University of Trento and in business law with the University of Paris -Nanterre . The TU Dresden also maintains partnerships with European, Asian and US universities within the framework of exchange programs such as the Erasmus program or the Fulbright program .


In international rankings of almost 20,000 universities worldwide, such as the Shanghai Ranking or the Times Higher Education Ranking , TU Dresden was listed in the 151–200 group (Shanghai ranking) in 2018 and 151st place in 2019 (THER) among the world's best universities . Across Germany, the university ranks 8-14 (Shanghai ranking). In the QS World University Ranking 2021, TU Dresden is ranked 173, in Germany it is ranked 9th.


A study by the education provider WBS in 2019 showed that the Technical University of Dresden had the fourth-smallest proportion of women among the professorships of all 44 universities with a share of 16.1%.


Locations in Dresden

View of the main campus with the rectorate (bottom left), old canteen and Hermann-Krone-Bau (center), Barkhausen-Bau (right), in the background Mierdel-Bau, Heidebroek-Bau and Andreas-Pfitzmann-Bau (from left to right)

The TU Dresden is largely a campus university. Its main campus is located south of Dresden city center in the Südvorstadt and Räcknitz districts between Fritz-Foerster-Platz and Nöthnitzer Strasse in north-south direction and Münchner Platz and Zelleschem Weg in west-east direction. The campus area is open to the public at all times; former porters' facilities were closed.

Via buildings like the Andreas-Schubert-Bau or the Drude-Bau and many student dormitories along the Zellescher Weg, which is a four-lane street with a green median, you get to another large TU location in the Strehlen district on Teplitzer Straße. The Dresden-Strehlen teachers' seminar on Weberplatz had been part of the then technical university since 1923. The site southwest of August-Bebel-Strasse was taken over by the former "Friedrich Engels" military academy . Mainly the Faculty of Philosophy and the Faculties of Education and Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies are housed there.

The medical faculty is located on Fetscherstrasse in Johannstadt .

The Faculty of Computer Science has been using its new building (Andreas-Pfitzmann-Bau) on Nöthnitzer Strasse on the main campus since the 2006/07 winter semester. The Johannstadt campus was built around the old building in Johannstadt . The Dresden University of Cooperative Education , the Evangelical University for Social Work Dresden (EHS) and several institutes of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of the Technical University moved there in the 2011/12 winter semester .

Locations outside of Dresden

The TU Dresden extends beyond the city-center, left-Elbe locations in Dresden.

Triebenberg (until 2017)

Until 2017, the electron microscopy laboratory and an observatory on the 383-meter-high Triebenberg were still within the extended urban area of ​​Dresden in the Schönfeld highlands . The observatory had an automatic 60-centimeter reflecting telescope in Newton design and a CCD astro camera with 16 megapixels. The location far outside the closed town of Dresden was chosen in order to reduce electromagnetic interference and to escape the light pollution in metropolitan areas, which is unfavorable for observatories .

Building of the TU Dresden in Tharandt in the valley of the Wild Weißeritz


The buildings of the forest sciences department of the environmental sciences faculty are located in the town of Tharandt, southwest of Dresden . The Tharandt Forest Botanical Garden, founded in 1811, is also an institution of the TU Dresden and at the same time the Saxon state arboretum .

Pirna and Neunzehnhain

In Pirna - Copitz is located Institute for waste and recycling management and Neunzehnhain the "Ecological Station Neunzehnhain" which both belong to the Department of Hydro Sciences.

Merkers (Thuringia)

The branch of the Institute for Aerospace Technology with various high-speed wind tunnels is located in a salt mine in Merkers (Krayenberg municipality) . For the operation of these systems, pressure differences between the individual salt chambers (overpressure chamber 100 m³ and negative pressure chamber 30,000 m³) are built up. The air flowing back is used for the measurements, which means that strong, even currents (up to 10 MW) can be built up with relatively little mechanical effort (300 kW drive).


The IHI Zittau has been part of the TU Dresden as a central scientific institution since 2013 . It offers master’s courses and doctoral studies in the natural, social and economic sciences.

Hoyerswerda (planned)

In Hoyerswerda , a “satellite campus of the University of Excellence TU Dresden with a specialization in IT with up to 3000 students” is planned.


Measurement tram of the Dresden public transport company

In 2005, the expansion of the Bergstrasse ( Bundesstrasse 170 ) running between the lecture hall center and the new canteen into a four-lane motorway feeder was completed. The center of the university is therefore exposed to increased traffic. A pedestrian and bicycle bridge spans this street between the lecture hall center and the cafeteria. In the east-west direction, the TUD campus is accessed via Zellescher Weg .

In the local public transport sector, the Dresden public transport company provides the largest transport service at the university. The bus route 61, which touches the campus to the north, connects the central facilities at Fritz-Foerster-Platz, the university library and the residential quarters and is therefore used to capacity at peak times with a three-minute cycle. Bus route 85 was set up south of the campus parallel to route 61. To the north (inner city) the bus line 66, which is also heavily used, connects the campus with the main train station . The tram lines 3 and 8 touch the campus at its western end and also connect it with the main train station and the city center. Fritz-Foerster-Platz is about 5 minutes drive from the train station. There are also intercity buses that connect Dresden with Dippoldiswalde and Altenberg . The faculty in Tharandt can be reached with the S-Bahn line 3 or regional trains. The travel time to the main train station is between 15 and 20 minutes.

For the use of local public transport means in the transport Oberelbe most of the students uses a semester ticket, the whole of Saxony since the winter semester 2010/2011 for the use of rail passenger transport can be used. At the end of 2019, a so-called "mobility point" of the Dresden public transport company was put into operation on the TUD campus on Hettnerstrasse, where, in addition to vehicles for car sharing, there are also charging points for electric cars.

In the summer of 2007 a project began under the leadership of the Faculty of Transportation Sciences, in which a tram multiple unit records a wide range of data over a period of several years for long-term studies, for example on structural loads. For this purpose, at Transportation Bombardier in work Bautzen already during manufacture a production vehicle of the type GTW NGT D8DD equipped as a measuring support with various sensors. After delivery, the vehicle with project-related full advertising as a measuring tram started normal operation in Dresden's city center in March 2009. The data obtained serve, among other things, to improve driving comfort, noise emissions and energy efficiency of the following models.



Central reading room of the Saxon State Library - State and University Library

After German reunification, the university was expanded to include several central facilities. With the lecture hall center, a facility was created that is intended to increase teaching capacity. The lecture hall center offers a total of 3469 seats in eleven seminar rooms and 2765 of these seats in six lecture halls, including the auditorium with a maximum of 1000 seats . The lecture hall center is centrally located on Fritz-Foerster-Platz on the main campus.

With the merging of the Saxon State Library and the University Library to form the Saxon State Library - Dresden State and University Library , the campus received one of the largest libraries in Germany with around 8.94 million holdings (of which 4.39 million books). As a university building, this building provides work space in the form of group work rooms and carrels . There are four branch libraries in the faculties.

A building for the Center for Information Services and High-Performance Computing (ZIH) was added to the building complex of the Institute for Mathematics (near the university library on Zelleschen Weg) . The building is particularly noticeable because the water cooling of the computer technology requires constant evacuation of water vapor through the roof of the building. The inserted supercomputer belonged during its start 2006/07 of the 100 fastest computers in the world and processed 11.5 trillion floating point operations per second . Computing technology is primarily used for research on topics such as grid computing , programming methods, optimization methods and algorithms in mathematics, as well as for the description of biological processes. As a university facility, the ZIH is also used in teaching.

Entrance to the Botanical Garden near Strasbourg Square

The Botanical Garden of the TU Dresden, which was laid out in the Great Garden in 1820, is located near the Transparent Factory . It has been part of the university since 1949, but was already connected to the university through the work of Professor Oscar Drude , who organized the botanical collection in 1893 according to plant geography . The garden contains about 10,000 plant species on an area of ​​3.25 hectares and has been divided geographically.

The Central Europe Center for Political, Economic and Cultural Studies (MEZ) annually awards the Chamisso poetics lectureship for migrant literature to German-speaking authors of non-German language origin.

Photo album in the Pressler estate in the university archive

The university archive of the Technical University of Dresden has been one of the central facilities of the TH / TU Dresden since 1952 and, according to the Saxon Archive Act, is responsible for the storage of all official documents of the university. The scope of the records has meanwhile grown to 7000 running meters of file units. The number of student files alone has risen to around 500,000 files since 1945. So that the total stock of the University Archives mainly reflects the historical development of TH / TU Dresden in 1828 and the historical development of integrated scientific institutions (former Royal Saxon Academy of Forestry from 1800, engineer Dresden University , College of Education Dresden , transport Dresden University and the former Medical Academy "Carl Gustav Carus ” ). In addition, collections across all holdings (plans and drawings, photos, medals) and inventories on history are created and further expanded with the help of handovers. In addition to the scientific institutions and administrative facilities of the TU Dresden, which according to the Saxon Archives Act regularly have to offer their written material, bequests or personal documentation from scientists and outstanding alumni are recorded. The archive is a public institution and is available to academics and private individuals for information on university and scientific history. Selected holdings of the university archive can be accessed via the archive portal-D in addition to their own website .


There are several canteens , all of which are operated by the Dresden Student Union and their offers are primarily aimed at students and employees of the TU Dresden. There is a cashless payment system ( eMeal ) in all of the student union cafeterias .

The new canteen on Bergstrasse (currently closed)

The largest canteen in Dresden is the Neue Mensa Bergstrasse , which opened in 1981, on Fritz-Foerster-Platz opposite the lecture hall center . It offered more than 1,000 seats in cafeteria and dining rooms. The canteen was to be renovated from the winter semester 2014/15, but served as an initial reception facility from October 2015 to the end of 2016 in the course of the refugee crisis . The renovation began in mid-2018, and the renovation of the existing building and a terrace extension are to take place by 2023. The temporary cafeteria Zeltschlösschen, 350 m (as the crow flies) from the Neue Mensa, with 700 seats, in which 2800 menus per day can be served, was built as an alternative canteen in 2014 on Nürnberger Straße .

The Alte Mensa Mommsenstraße is located south of the main campus and was completely renovated by mid-January 2007. It serves as a representative building for receptions and the like. The core parts of the old canteen go back to the student house opened in 1925. The building was expanded by several additions until the 1950s. As a result, the western building complex on Mommsenstrasse at the corner of Helmholtzstrasse also became the seat of the university's rectorate (until 2003, Günther-Landgraf-Bau with university archive). The inner courtyard of the eastern building complex with the cafeteria was roofed over with glass during the renovation and renovation from February 2004 to December 2006 and now contains the food service. The cafeteria offers around 850 seats in the four halls and in the cafeteria around the serving area.

Another cafeteria, the Boiling Point , is located opposite the State and University Library on the eastern edge of the main campus. Originally planned as a company canteen for the state library, it was expanded after the library opened and offers evening meals. A cafeteria with approx. 250 seats opened on the Johannstadt campus in May 2011. In May 2012, the former U-Boot cafeteria followed in the Gerhart-Potthoff building , which was reopened as a purely organic canteen after renovation .

There are also smaller canteens for the two locations of the University Hospital and Tharandt. TU students can use the canteens of other universities in Dresden. Due to its proximity, the Reichenbachstrasse cafeteria on the campus of the Dresden University of Technology and Economics is particularly relevant, which is only about 650 meters from the new Bergstrasse canteen.

Namesake of buildings of the TU Dresden

Hermann-Krone-Bau (KRO), seat of the Institute for Applied Physics of the Faculty of Physics
See the list of namesake of buildings of the Technical University of Dresden

In contrast to buildings at other universities, numerous university buildings at TU Dresden have the special feature of being named after people. Most of the namesake were scientists from the TH and later TU Dresden who had a particularly close relationship with the building named after them, and thus in most cases with the institute. For example, the main building of the mechanical engineering faculty in Zeuner-Bau was named after Gustav Zeuner , who worked as a professor for technical mechanics and mechanical engineering at the TH Dresden. The professor for operational engineering of the means of transport Gerhart Potthoff was named after the main building of the faculty of traffic sciences "Friedrich List" in 1993 and the professor for automotive engineering Alfred Jante was honored in 1993 with the naming of the Jante building , which houses the institute for automotive engineering Dresden.

Lecture halls of the university and test laboratories sometimes bear the names of well-known scientists, for example, students at the TU Dresden learn in the Victor Klemperer Hall, Lichtenheldt Lecture Hall or in the Heinz Schönfeld Lecture Hall.

The names of buildings and lecture halls are often closely related to the birthday anniversaries of those to be honored. Other building designations occurred mainly after 1945 after the completion of a university building or the death of a particularly well-deserved scientist at the university. The last naming of a building ( Template: future / in 5 yearsas of July 2017) took place in January 2017, when the new building of the Institute for Applied Physics was named after the photographer and professor for photography Hermann Krone as "Hermann-Krone-Bau". The last naming of another institution was in November 2012, when a lecture hall in the lecture hall center was named " Alfred Post Lecture Hall" after the first TUD Chancellor after the fall of the Wall .


Organs and bodies

The TU Dresden has a Rectorate Board for central management , which consists of a Rector , three Vice Rectors and two Chief Officers and performs representative, academic tasks. The college is responsible for the university budget as well as for investment and university planning. The acting rector has been Ursula M. Staudinger since August 18, 2020 , the vice-rectors are Angela Rösen-Wolff (research), Gerald Gerlach (education) and Roswitha Böhm (university culture), the chief officers are Ronald Tetzlaff (technology transfer and internationalization) and Lars Bernard (digitization and information management).

The Chancellor leads the administration, which is divided into eight departments. The Chancellor is a member of the Rector's College. Andreas Handschuh was appointed Chancellor by the Saxon State Ministry for Science and Art on February 1, 2016 .

The university council is an advisory and control body. He participates in the formation of strategies as well as in the structural and development planning of the university. Gunda Röstel was appointed its chairman in April 2010. In addition to her ten other members belong to the council, two of whom are members of the university. In accordance with the new version of the Saxon University Act (SächsHSG) of December 10, 2008, the University Council replaced the council. The university council consisted of 428 members until the end of 2008 (Section 114, Paragraph 4 of the SächsHSG), of which 215 were elected by the university lecturers, 84 each by the students and academic staff, and 45 by other staff. It formed the largest parliamentary body of the TU Dresden. The council elected the rectorate college and assessed the annual research and teaching reports. It determined the constitution of the university and passed resolutions.

The Senate is responsible for academic matters in teaching, study, further education and research that affect the entire university or are of fundamental importance. To this end, the Senate forms commissions that are usually headed by a Vice Rector. The President of the Senate, whose members also come from all four interest groups, is the Rector. Under the chairmanship of the Rector, the Senate consists of eleven university professors, four representatives of the academic mid-level staff, two other employees and one student member each for the four faculties of the TU (engineering, humanities, natural sciences and medicine); he is directly elected according to the new Saxon higher education law, previously this was done by the council.

The university has a student council as a teaching institution and a staff council as a public corporation .

Each faculty has a dean's office with a dean and one or more study deans. The faculties manage their study affairs in their own examination offices, committees and faculty councils. The student representatives at faculty level are the student representatives .

Areas and faculties

Since May 2012, the Technical University of Dresden has been divided into five higher-level areas, to which a total of 18 faculties are assigned. The student numbers shown below relate to the winter semester 2018/19.

Natural sciences

Building of the Faculty of Biology on Zellescher Weg

The area of ​​mathematics and natural sciences comprises a total of 3780 students ( Template: future / in 5 yearsas of winter semester 2018/2019) and contains the entire scientific spectrum as well as mathematics . It is divided into the faculties of mathematics, biology , chemistry and food chemistry , physics and psychology . Each faculty combines individual professorships in institutes. The main buildings of the individual faculties are to the east and west of Bergstrasse. For the Faculty of Biology, a new building was erected on Zellescher Weg by 2006.


Andreas-Pfitzmann-Bau of the Faculty of Computer Science on Nöthnitzer Strasse
Barkhausen building of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

The Faculty of Computer Science is divided into six institutes. 1,891 students study in the fields of computer science , media informatics , information system technology and the master’s courses in Computational Science and Engineering , Computational Modeling and Simulation and Distributed Systems Engineering. In addition, the faculty offers postgraduate courses and is a training facility for the computer science teacher training course. The tradition of computer science at the TH and TU Dresden goes back in particular to Nikolaus Joachim Lehmann , who founded the development of the computer in contact with Konrad Zuse .

2219 students study at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. It is divided into twelve institutes and, together with the Institute for Semiconductor and Microsystems Technology and the Institute for Electronics Assembly and Connection Technology, forms the most important interface between the Technical University and the semiconductor industry and research in Dresden (" Silicon Saxony ").

At the largest faculty in terms of the number of students, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, 5218 students study mechanical engineering , materials science or process and natural materials engineering as well as textile and clothing technology (master's degree). It also forms the center of numerous interdisciplinary courses. The faculty is divided into 16 institutes, which are spread over several buildings. The main building of the mechanical engineering faculty is the Zeuner building.

Construction and Environment

Building of the Faculty of Architecture on Zellescher Weg

The architecture faculty is divided into seven institutes. 1067 students study architecture or landscape architecture at it .

1724 students study at the Faculty of Civil Engineering. It is divided into eleven institutes and can historically be regarded as the core of the university. It has its headquarters in the Beyer building , which is named after the civil engineer Kurt Beyer .

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences combines subjects from engineering, natural and social sciences. It is divided into the three disciplines of forest science , geosciences and hydraulic sciences , with 2162 students studying. The institutes for the geosciences are almost exclusively on campus , while the buildings for the hydrosciences are on campus, in the city of Dresden, in Pirna and in Tharandt, south of Dresden. The field of forest science is also located at the traditional location in Tharandt and goes back to the Royal Saxon Forest Academy founded by Heinrich Cotta in 1816. The campus in Tharandt was affected by the floods of the Wilden Weißeritz in 2002 .

The "Friedrich List" faculty of traffic sciences with around 1153 students is the only faculty for traffic sciences in the German-speaking area. In the tradition of the economist Friedrich List , the faculty looks at the research area traffic on the one hand from a social science point of view at the "Institute for Economics and Transport" and has a broad interface to the faculty of economics. On the other hand, the field of traffic engineering is interdisciplinary with other engineering sciences from other faculties such as mechatronics , mechanical engineering , computer science and electrical engineering and is divided into six institutes.

2518 students study at the Faculty of Economics. The faculty does not have any institutes, but is divided into the business administration , economics and business informatics specialist groups , as well as two junior research groups.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Building of the Faculty of Education at Weberplatz
Georg-Schumann-Bau of the Faculty of Economics

450 students study at the Faculty of Education. In addition to the Bachelor's degree in Social Pedagogy, Social Work and Welfare Sciences with a BA ( Bachelor of Arts ) degree, the central teacher training course takes place at this institution. The head office of the faculty is located in the northeastern Weberplatz on the border with the Strehlen district .

The Law Faculty discontinued the undergraduate degree in Law in the 2004/05 winter semester . It followed an agreement between the universities of the Free State of Saxony and the responsible State Ministry (so-called university pact ). As a result, she could no longer enroll any new students in the undergraduate law course. Masters courses such as "International Studies in Intellectual Property Law" and "Business Law - Companies Between Freedom and State Control" are offered. The faculty is divided into seven institutes; 420 people studied at the faculty in the 2018/19 winter semester.

The Philosophical Faculty is divided into the Institutes for Philosophy , History , Political Science , Communication Studies , Sociology , Art and Music Studies , Protestant Theology, and Catholic Theology . 1828 students are currently enrolled at it. The faculty provides teacher training for the humanities and social sciences school subjects.

717 students study at the Faculty of Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies. The faculty is divided into the five institutes for German , Romance Studies , English and American Studies , Slavic Studies and Classical Philology . In addition to the Bachelor's and Master's courses, the faculty also offers teacher training for the language subjects. The Faculty also includes the Languages ​​and Cultures Teaching Center with the East Asia Center and the Multimedia Language Center.


The Carl Gustav Carus Medical Faculty has its own campus at the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital in Johannstadt . It is named after the physician and artist Carl Gustav Carus . 2912 students study medicine or dentistry at it . Since July 1, 1999, the faculty and university hospital have been legally separated; Since then, the clinic has been an institution under public law owned by the Free State of Saxony. The medical faculty has been one of twelve partner institutes of the Harvard Medical School since 1999 and has also been funded by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft as a reform faculty since 1999 .

Central facilities

The central facilities of the TU Dresden are:

Further facilities of the TU Dresden are:

  • Center for Teacher Training, School and Vocational Training Research (ZLSB) - Central interdisciplinary institution
  • Custody - Central operating unit
  • University Archives (UA) - Central operating unit
  • University Sports Center (USZ) - Central operating unit

Affiliated institutes

Associated institutes of the TU Dresden are:

  • Affiliated institute Life Science Incubator Saxony (LSI Saxony)
  • Dendro Institute Tharandt at the Technical University of Dresden (DIT)
  • German Institute for Material Direct Democracy (DISUD)
  • Dresden International University (DIU)
  • European Institute for Postgraduate Education (EIPOS)
  • Hannah Arendt Institute for Totalitarianism Research (HAIT)
  • Institute for doping analysis and sports biochemistry Dresden at the TU Dresden (IDAS)
  • Institute for Wood Technology Dresden (IHD)
  • Institute for Musical Instrument Making (IfM)
  • Nanoelectronics Materials Lab gGmbH (NaMLab)
  • Structural and Material Mechanics Research Dresden GmbH at the Technical University of Dresden (SWM)
  • Technical University of Dresden Institute of Advanced Studies (TUDIAS)
  • Barkhausen Institute gGmbH (BI)

Namesake for faculties and institutes

Only the medical faculty and the transport science faculty bear names of personalities who kept them when they were integrated into the Technical University.

Carl Gustav Carus (born January 3, 1789 in Leipzig, † July 28, 1869 in Dresden) is the namesake of the medical faculty. Carus studied medicine in Leipzig and did his doctorate there. In 1813 he switched to the midwifery school in Dresden and became a professor there. Two years later he was one of the founders of the Surgical Medical Academy in Dresden . From this emerged the Dresden Medical Academy , which has had his name since 1954.

Friedrich List (born August 6, 1789 in Reutlingen, † November 30, 1846 in Kufstein) is the namesake of the transport science faculty. Friedrich List was an economist and campaigned against the small-scale customs barriers in Germany. He supported the construction of the first German long-distance railway from Dresden to Leipzig . In his work About a Saxon Railway System as the Basis of a General German Railway System in 1833, he highlighted the role model of the planned railway network. The University of Transportation has had his name since 1962.

Hannah Arendt (Johanna Arendt; born October 14, 1906 in Linden near Hanover, † December 4, 1975 in New York) is the namesake for the affiliated institute for research on totalitarianism . In her work, Elements and Origins of Total Rule, she presented important theses in political philosophy on totalitarian forms of rule and state limitations of individual freedom.


The TU Dresden is one of the third-largest universities in Germany. In 2018 she was able to acquire projects worth 295 million euros. Partners from business and politics donated more than 20 professorships; 14 endowed professorships that had expired were continued by TU Dresden. The university can build on historical integration into the Dresden scientific landscape, especially in the field of microelectronics and traffic sciences. In addition to this research focus, which is typical for the character of the Technical University, the University has other fields with good research achievements, which have emerged in the field of biotechnologies in particular in recent years.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) supports the Technical University through several special research areas , priority programs and research groups and through a research center. In addition, the TU Dresden works with research institutes of the Fraunhofer Society , the Max Planck Society , the Leibniz Association and the Helmholtz Association , which have been united in the DRESDEN-concept partner network since August 2010 .

Micro- and nanoelectronics

The university is part of the “ Silicon Saxony ” technology cluster with the Institute for Electronics Assembly and Connection Technology, the Institute for Semiconductor and Microsystems Technology (both Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology), the Institute for Applied Computer Science (Faculty of Computer Science) and the Institute for Applied Photophysics Dresden (Faculty of Physics). With the Fraunhofer Center for Nanoelectronic Technologies in the center and other research institutes, the university is part of a research network for nanoelectronics . In 2006, the TU Dresden and the then semiconductor memory manufacturer Qimonda founded the laboratory “NaMLab gGmbH” (Nanoelectronics Materials Lab) for the development of nanoelectronic components.

Magnetism and materials

In the field of magnetism, the German Research Foundation funded the TU Dresden from 2002 to 2012 through the special research area “Electromagnetic Flow Control in Metallurgy, Crystal Growth and Electrochemistry” (SFB 609). Prior to this, the special research areas “Rare Earth-Transition Metal Compounds: Structure, Magnetism and Transport” (SFB 463) and “Reactive Polymers in Non-Homogeneous Systems, in Melts and at Interfaces” (SFB 287) existed in this area.

Biotechnology and medical technology

In the area of molecular bioengineering , the TU Dresden works together with the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics . The German Research Foundation supported the work in this area through one of six funded DFG research centers in Germany. The aim of the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden ("From cells to tissues to therapies - Engineering the cellular basis of regeneration") is to develop new regenerative therapies for diseases such as diabetes or Alzheimer's disease that were previously barely or incurable. In the Excellence Initiative, this research center emerged as a funded cluster of excellence in 2006 and 2012. It is supplemented by the Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB), which was also originally funded by the Excellence Initiative .

Medical technology research is mainly carried out together with the Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf . This is primarily about radiation treatment and radiation diagnosis methods , such as positron emission tomography .

Humanities and Social Sciences

In the field of humanities and social sciences, the DFG has been funding the Collaborative Research Center "Invectivity - Constellations and Dynamics of Degradation" (SFB 1285) at the TU Dresden since 2017 . Prior to this, the university already had the special research areas "Transcendence and Common Sense" (SFB 804) and "Institutionality and Historicity" (SFB 537), which at the time was established by the DFG as the first special research area in the field of humanities and social sciences in the new federal states .

Lightweight construction

The two collaborative research areas “Textile Reinforced Composite Components for Functionally Integrating Mixed Construction Methods in Complex Lightweight Applications” (SFB 639; 2004–2015) and “Textile Reinforcements for Structural Reinforcement and Repair” (SFB 528; 1999–2011) dealt with textile fibers in composite materials and their application in particular for Lightweight applications. For this purpose, the TU Dresden has established the Lightweight Construction Innovation Center (LIZ) and the Competence Center for Technical Textiles. At the Institute for Lightweight Construction and Polymer Technology (ILK), the “Function-integrative lightweight system in multi-material design (Dresden model)” was developed.

In 2013, the Research and Technology Center for Resource-Efficient Lightweight Structures in Electromobility (FOREL) was started at the ILK of the TU Dresden together with the National Platform for Electromobility (NPE) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The FOREL research platform is a national network of representatives from science, business and politics in order to strengthen Germany as a location in the field of electromobility in the long term. FOREL includes several research projects, including the ReLei project (manufacturing and recycling strategies for electromobility for the recycling of lightweight structures in fiber-reinforced plastic composite hybrid construction), which was awarded a satellite project by the BMBF in 2015 and presented at the National Electromobility Conference in Berlin in June 2015.

Further research fields

In the field of transport science, the TU Dresden cooperates with the Fraunhofer Institute for Transport and Infrastructure Systems, which, together with the university, works primarily on the information systems of local public transport in Dresden. Road accident research at TU Dresden GmbH conducts accident research into traffic accidents with personal injury.

The economics faculty is concerned with the economic development of the new federal states through a branch of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research .

Connected to the Institute for Aerospace Technology of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the TU Dresden operates a low-speed wind tunnel in Johannstadt.

As of May 2020 there are the following DFG Collaborative Research Centers at TU Dresden:

  • SFB 912: "HAEC - Highly Adaptive Energy-Efficient Computing"
  • SFB 940: "Volition and cognitive control: mechanisms, modulators, dysfunctions" (with integrated graduate school)
  • CRC 1143: "Correlated Magnetism: From Frustration to Topology" (with integrated graduate school)
  • SFB 1285: "Invectivity - Constellations and Dynamics of Degradation"
  • SFB-TR 67: "Functional biomaterials for the control of healing processes in bone and skin tissue - from the material to the clinic" (in connection with the University of Leipzig )
  • SFB-TR 83: "Molecular Architecture and Cellular Functions of Lipid / Protein Complexes" (in connection with the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg )
  • SFB-TR 96: "Thermo-energetic design of machine tools - a systemic solution to the conflicting goals of energy use, accuracy and productivity using the example of machining" (together with RWTH Aachen University and the Technical University of Chemnitz)
  • SFB-TR 127: "Biology of xenogenic cell and organ transplantation" (in connection with the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich )
  • SFB-TR 205: "The Adrenal Gland: Central Relay in Health and Disease" (with the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich and the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg)
  • SFB-TR 237: "Nucleic Acid Immunity" (with University Hospital Bonn and Munich)
  • SFB-TR 248: "Basics of understandable software systems" (with Saarland University )
  • SFB-TR 265: "Loss and regaining control in addiction diseases: processes, mechanisms and interventions" (with the FU and HU Berlin and the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg )
  • SFB-TR 285: "Method development for mechanical joinability in adaptable process chains" (together with the University of Paderborn and the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg )
  • from 2020: "Memristive components for intelligent technical systems"
  • from 2020: "2-D materials - the physics of van der Waals [hetero] structures (2DMP)"

Students and teaching

Bologna Process and Diploma Studies

In the course of the Bologna process , numerous courses at the Technical University of Dresden were converted to the consecutive principle of Bachelor and Master degrees. In some cases, master’s programs are offered without a basic bachelor’s degree being able to be acquired at the university itself. On the other hand, bachelor courses are offered that cannot be continued to a master’s degree at TU Dresden.

In some subjects, however, the switch to Bachelor and Master was not completed. These subjects include numerous technical, but also social science courses that can be studied further to obtain a diploma. In the course of the Bologna process, these courses were modularized and thus comparable according to the specifications. The faculties and the accrediting Saxon State Ministry recognized that the Bologna Process does not necessarily specify the task of the diploma course and justify the retention, especially in the technical subjects, with the professional qualification of the bachelor's degree, which is based on the standard of self-understanding as university-technical Educational institution is considered too small.

Diploma degrees can also be obtained in architecture, civil engineering, electrical engineering, information systems technology, food chemistry, mechanical engineering (including a bachelor's degree), mechatronics, regenerative energy systems, sociology, process and natural materials technology (including a bachelor's degree), transport engineering and materials science (including a bachelor's degree).

The diploma course in computer science was reintroduced, with bachelor's and master's degree in computer science still being offered. For the 2014/2015 winter semester, the business informatics and industrial engineering courses switched from the Bachelor / Master system to the diploma. The first master’s degree programs that have been launched offer access to the teaching content of the various main study sections.


The number of students in the five academic fields of the university is divided as follows: 28.16% studied engineering, 21.93% humanities and social sciences, 11.6% natural sciences, 26.71% construction and environment and 9.3 % Medicine (as of WS 2019/20).


Of the 31,966 students enrolled in the 2019/2020 winter semester, 67% came from Saxony , 7.6% from the new federal states (excluding Saxony), 7.8% from the old federal states and 16.9% from abroad. The origin is determined based on the place where the Abitur was taken.

International students

In the 2018/2019 winter semester, 4,786 international students were enrolled at the TU Dresden. Most of the foreign students came from Asia (2,669), followed by Europe (EU 966, rest of Europe 475) and America (438). The Erasmus program brings students from all over Europe to Dresden. In order to integrate these students in Dresden and make their stay as pleasant as possible, the " Erasmus Student Network (ESN) TU Dresden" conducts a variety of activities during the semester. The events are open to all students (also for non-Erasmus students) and serve to get to know the culture and the surroundings of the city of Dresden. The “LinkPartnerProgramm” (LPP) is another student initiative that mediates contacts between international and German students.

Special teaching facilities

The Technical University operates the training nuclear reactor Dresden (AKR-2) with a maximum continuous output of 2 W. This belongs to the Institute for Energy Technology of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

The Faculty of Transportation Science has a railway operations laboratory, in which railway processes in railway networks are tested and trained through a combination of model railway, operational and interlocking simulation and a virtually simulated railway network.

The Professorship for Acoustics and Haptics has special acoustic rooms: In addition to the reverberation room with a reverberation time of around ten seconds, there is a low-sound reflection room.

The Italy Center of the TU Dresden has existed as an interdisciplinary competence center since July 2007.

Persons connected with the TU Dresden

See list of personalities at the Technical University of Dresden


  • Heads, directors and rectors
  • Honorary degrees ( list of honorary senators and selection of honorary doctorates)
  • Professors and research assistants (selection)
  • Graduates (selection)

Before and after your studies

The TU Dresden participates annually in the open day ("Uni-Live"), which takes place across Saxony at the beginning of the year. In addition to information on studying, prospective students can attend lectures. Another open day (“University Day”) takes place annually in spring on a weekend day.

If you have any questions, prospective students and students at TU Dresden can contact the student advisory service. It is organized in two parts. The first point of contact is the Central Student Advisory Service. In addition, there is study advice at the individual institutes and faculties. The TU Dresden has been operating under the name “PASST ?! Partnership - Study Success - TU Dresden ”also has an early warning system to identify potential dropouts in good time and to research causes of dropouts and the effectiveness of countermeasures.

TU Dresden has a graduate department that maintains contact with former students via a graduate network, among other things. The graduate department operates various publications and published e.g. B. 2006 the book With a motorcycle through the Zeuner building with student anecdotes from the 1950s to 1970s.

There are 480 voluntary regional ambassadors in 95 countries, mostly graduates, who are promoting a degree at the TU.

students life

As a special feature of Dresden's student nightlife, a large number of student clubs have survived from the days before the reunification . With 13 clubs run by students on a voluntary basis, Dresden is known as the “capital of student clubs”. These are mostly located in one of the 33 student residences of the Studentenwerk in Dresden. The dormitories are spread over the entire city area and Tharandt. The WOMIKO project (“Living with fellow students”) has been offered in these since October 2009 , in which students from one faculty can live together in a dormitory at their own request.

Cultural groups

Four of the many ensembles at TU Dresden are worth highlighting:

The theater group die bühne consists of a small ensemble of amateur actors and professional directors. It has its own venue in the Victor-Klemperer-Saal of the TU Dresden and has been in existence since 1956. The stage has received several awards for productions, such as The Amateur Actor or: Are you lonesome tonight? under the direction of Andreas Mihan 2017 the Saxon Amateur Theater Award for the best production; In 2018, she was awarded the German Amateur Theater Prize for the play Burning Walls and Urgent Calls , directed by Mathias Kammerer.

The folk dance ensemble "Thea Maass" , founded in 1950, is dedicated to the revival of dance styles and cultural customs from different regions of Germany and regularly takes part in dance competitions and international folklore festivals. The ensemble has received numerous awards, such as the Martin Andersen Nexö Art Prize in 1987 , and has won the national competition “Jugend tanzt” several times.

The Dresden University Choir consists of around 200 singers (as of 2015), the majority of whom are students of the TU Dresden. The choir, founded in 1950, is the university's largest ensemble.

The university orchestra has existed since 1961 and has around 70 student and non-student members of all ages. Part of the university orchestra was branched off into a chamber ensemble in 1997: the approximately 40-member TU Chamber Philharmonic. Since it consists almost exclusively of students, the ensemble only rehearses during the semester. Each of these large ensembles performs an average of one to four times per semester. These performances and concerts often take place in Saxony, sometimes nationwide.

Student associations


The TU Dresden Aktiengesellschaft is the umbrella of the TUDAG group of companies, which is active in the area of ​​the TU Dresden with its subsidiaries in the knowledge and technology transfer for the university. The TUDAG model is seen nationwide as an example of how a public university can make knowledge and technology transfer profitable with business and industrial partners. The TUDAG is the private part of the transfer strategy of the TU Dresden.

The sole shareholder of TUDAG is the Society of Friends and Supporters of TU Dresden eV (GFF). Any surpluses of the TUDAG holding flow back to the TU Dresden and its members as financial support for teaching and research through the non-profit GFF. At the same time, by acquiring third-party funds and research contracts, TUDAG contributes to the financing of the university's scientific and technical staff and investments in research equipment.

The TUDAG group includes the following companies: Dresden International University , GWT-TUD GmbH (Society for Knowledge and Technology Transfer), TUDIAS - TU Dresden Institute of Advanced Studies, IAM Dresden - Institute of Automotive Mechatronics GmbH, IAP - Institute outpatient clinic and day clinic for psychotherapy of TU Dresden, TUD FaCE - TU Dresden Institute for Further and Continuing Education, traffic accident research at TU Dresden GmbH, German Textile Concrete Center and other minority holdings such as the Leichtbau-Zentrum Sachsen GmbH.

The CEO of TUDAG is Ulrich Assmann. For his commitment to the design and development of the TUDAG Holding, the late Chancellor Alfred Post was honored by the Center for University Development in 2004 as the most innovative university chancellor of the past decade.

Further information

The historical dye collection, one of around 40 individual collections of the TU Dresden
  • On June 19, 2007 the TU Dresden received the certificate "family-friendly university" from the audit beruf und familie gGmbH . To this end, the university administration decided on target agreements and measures. The overall goal is to create a family-conscious and gender-equitable university.
  • A special feature is the distance learning courses offered by TUD. Since 1993, students have been able to study civil engineering , mechanical engineering and process engineering in the university technical distance learning course based on the Dresden model .
  • The official publication organ of the TU Dresden is the Dresden University Journal published by the Rector . This newspaper, printed in four colors in Berlin format , has been published twenty times a year since January 1990 - apart from a summer break in July and August, it is usually every two weeks. She reports for the employees of the university as well as for all those interested in the TU Dresden in the entire Dresden city area and in the region from research, teaching, from academic life, about the connection between science and society (especially business) and about cultural activities around the university. The editorial team works independently and can reject contributions that run counter to objective reporting.
  • A publication of the TU Dresden on scientific communication was the scientific journal of the TU Dresden , which appeared as a glossy magazine twice a year until the end of 2009. The magazine Kontakt-online is available for graduates . The online magazine reports, for example, on innovations from science and presents the CVs of TU graduates.
  • The oldest doctoral student is Bernd Müller-Kaller (* 1939), who obtained his doctorate in 2020 at the Philosophical Faculty with a dissertation on the subject of wine culture in Moravia from 1648 to 1904 and graduated with cum laude.
  • The artistic and technical collections of the university are referred to as collections and art holdings of the TU Dresden . The approximately 40 individual collections contain around one million objects. The collections include, for example, the historical dye collection in the König-Bau. The custody of the Technical University has the task of preserving the holdings, making an inventory and presenting them in exhibitions. A permanent exhibition on university history is shown in the Zellescher Weg office building. In addition, since 2003 there have been changing special exhibitions in the Altana Gallery under the name of University Collections Art + Technology .
  • The university sports club TU Dresden is historically linked to the university and emerged in 1990 from the former HSG TU Dresden.
  • The university is known abroad as the Dresden University of Technology . However, only the German proper name is official : Technische Universität Dresden . The acronym TUD is a registered trademark of the TU Dresden.
  • The TU Dresden post office has its own postcode . This is 01062 in contrast to the postal code of the surrounding district Südvorstadt , which has the postal codes 01069 and 01187.
  • The practical laboratory of the Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry in the basement of the Walter Hempel Building with its brewing facilities is a "test brewery" where beer types are developed on a scientific basis. As a result, a spin-off with TUDAG was carried out in 2019. A bar with a microbrewery in downtown Dresden is to be opened by 2023 at the latest in the former Mitte power station in the Lichtwerk. In order to establish a connection with the history of the TU, the personality of the founder of the Technical Educational Institute, Wilhelm Gotthelf Lohrmann, was chosen and the selected product (Pils, Hell) was named "Lohrmanns Brew".

See also


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  • Mathias Lienert, Ute Hendlmeier: Science in Dresden from the last third of the 19th century to 1945 . In: Günther Landgraf (Hrsg.): History of the Technical University of Dresden in documents and pictures . tape 2 . TU Dresden Verlag, Dresden 1994, ISBN 3-86005-140-7 .
  • Matthias Lienert, Wolfgang Falta: On science in Dresden after 1945 . In: Günther Landgraf (Hrsg.): History of the Technical University of Dresden in documents and pictures . tape 3 . TU Dresden Verlag, Dresden 1996, ISBN 3-86005-172-5 .
  • Reiner Pommerin : 175 years of TU Dresden. Volume 1: History of the TU Dresden 1828–2003. Edited on behalf of the Society of Friends and Supporters of the TU Dresden e. V. von Reiner Pommerin, Böhlau, Cologne a. a. 2003, ISBN 3-412-02303-5 .
  • Dorit Petschel : 175 years of TU Dresden. Volume 3: The professors of the TU Dresden 1828–2003. Edited on behalf of the Society of Friends and Supporters of the TU Dresden e. V. von Reiner Pommerin, Böhlau, Cologne a. a. 2003, ISBN 3-412-02503-8 .
  • Central student advisory service, graduate lecture (editing): Through the Zeuner building on a motorcycle . Memories of former TU students. Ed .: Rector of the Technical University of Dresden. TUD, Dresden 2005 (student memories of the first post-war generation - without ISBN ).
  • Rolf Sonnemann and collective of authors: History of the Technical University of Dresden 1828 - 1988 . Deutscher Verlag der Wissenschaften, Berlin 1988, ISBN 3-326-00342-0 .
  • Waltraud Voss : "... a university (also) for mathematicians ..." Dresden mathematicians and higher teacher training: 1825 - 1945. Rauner, Augsburg 2005, ISBN 3-936905-12-6 .
  • Waltraud Voss: From Dresden into the world . Early doctoral students at TU Dresden in business, science and society. In: Publication of the university archive of the Technical University of Dresden . TUDpress, Dresden 2007, ISBN 978-3-938863-86-2 .
  • Matthias Lienert: Between resistance and repression. Students at the TU Dresden 1946–1989 . Böhlau, Cologne a. a. 2011, ISBN 978-3-412-20598-0 .

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