Hamburg University of Technology

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Hamburg University of Technology
motto Technology for people
founding May 22, 1978
Sponsorship Science and Research Authority
place Hamburg
state HamburgHamburg Hamburg
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Hendrik Brinksma
Students 7861 (2019)
Employee 1475 (2019)
including professors 92 (2018)
Annual budget 132.7 million euros, 39.7 million euros of which are third-party funds (2019)
Networks ECIU

The Technical University of Hamburg (in short: TUHH , English: Hamburg University of Technology , 2018. Technical University of Hamburg ) is a public university in Hamburg and one of the youngest technical universities in Germany. It was founded in 1978 and is located in the Hamburg-Harburg district in the Harburg district .

Almost 100 professors teach the more than 7,850 students in 42 Bachelor and Master courses. The current president has been Hendrik Brinksma since February 1, 2018 , while the vice-presidents are Andreas Timm-Giel (research) and Kerstin Kuchta (teaching).

The university is characterized above all by its unusual structure, as there is no division into faculties, but a breakdown into main research areas, which enables closer cooperation between the various institutes.


Old TUHH logo

Plans for a technical university in the Lower Elbe region go back to the 1920s. It was finally founded in 1978 under the name of Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg with the aim of promoting structural change in the region. After research began in 1980, teaching began in 1982/1983. Initially, lectures were held in pubs in the first few years, and later in the facilities and buildings being built on campus.

In 1979 the university library of the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg was founded.

The university's own technology transfer office, established in 1982, was the first of its kind in Germany to be spun off into its own company (since 2004: TuTech Innovation GmbH ) and is a service provider for Hamburg universities and start-up companies that have emerged in their vicinity . TuTech Innovation GmbH is based in the Harburg inland port ( channel Hamburg ).

In July 1998 the TUHH founded the Northern Institute of Technology Management (NIT). The non-profit GmbH , supported by participant-financed study programs and industrial grants, offers English-language master’s programs in the field of "Technology Management" ( MA / MBA ) together with the TUHH .

In addition to the NIT, from 2007 to 2009 there was also the Kühne School of Logistics and Management, which emerged as the TUHH Business School in cooperation with the Kühne Foundation from the Hamburg School of Logistics, founded in 2003. The Kühne School delayed its transformation into the independent, private Kühne Logistics University in HafenCity and the TUHH returned its shares in the Kühne School.

Two new buildings were completed in summer 2005. These initially housed the “shipbuilders” and “city planners” who had previously been housed in Lämmersieth in Barmbek and in Woellmerstrasse in Harburg. The city planners were transferred to HafenCity University in 2006 . In April 2009 the city planners moved to Averhoffstraße on Uhlenhorst so that the rooms can be used by the TUHH.

From October 2011 to March 2015, Viktor Sigrist was Vice President for Structural Development. He oversaw the expansion of the east wing of the Schwarzenberg barracks as well as the renovation of the former district health office.

In October 2017, the computer science professor Hendrik Brinksma was elected as Garabed Antranikian's successor as President of the TU. Brinksma is due to take over the post in spring 2018. The previous December, the biologist Dieter Jahn had jumped from his acceptance of office. With the “Law to Rename the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg” of May 29, 2018, the name of the district Harburg was deleted from the name of the university. The abbreviation TUHH, which is still used, is explained by the original name.


View over the TUHH campus
Main building after complete renovation of the former Harburg pioneer barracks
View of the TUHH technical center from the south
Building E, the so-called Lindwurm.
Buildings C and D
NIT (building F)

The TUHH is largely a campus university. Almost all of their buildings can be found between Eißendorfer Strasse and “Am Schwarzenberg-Campus”. The only branch offices are in Harburger Schloßstraße , Blohmstraße and Schloßmühlendamm, as well as in the Technology Center Hamburg-Finkenwerder (THF).

Denickestrasse divides the actual campus into a northern and a southern half. The southern part is embedded in a park . There are three ponds to be found here. The northern part is almost entirely paved.

The Studierendenwerk Hamburg operates the cafeteria on Denickestrasse and, since March 2013, the insgrüne café shop . The university library is opposite the canteen . In the building of the university library also located campus shop and a service point of Haspa . The NIT, a café and a fitness studio are also located in Building F.

In March 2015, the section of Schwarzenbergstrasse, which runs at the northern end of the campus between Bissingstrasse and Kasernenstrasse, was ceremoniously renamed "Am Schwarzenberg-Campus" by President Prof. Antranikian and Harburg District Office Manager Thomas Völsch .


Some of the buildings have received proper names over the years. This is how the elongated building Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 3 is called Lindwurm . Other buildings have names such as Pie (Audimax I), Wache (Building G) or Bathtub (Building N). The building at Kasernenstrasse 10 was called the barracks. It was available to the student body and was administered by them on their own. The sofa café located in this building has meanwhile moved to the A building.

In August 2009 it was announced that the former pioneer barracks in the immediate vicinity will be used as the new main building after a complete renovation. The design, which was introduced by Meinhard von Gerkan's architectural office , largely preserves the listed building and places glass courtyards between the parts of the building. In addition to the 26.6 million euros from public funds, 5 million euros from tuition fees went into the renovation of the barracks. The foundation stone for the new main building was laid on September 17, 2010, the ceremonial opening took place on August 24, 2012. In March 2015, the former health department was opened as Building Q. The renovated east wing was officially opened at the end of April 2015.

The main building also houses the student learning and communication center, which is managed by the AStA and offers students 1000 m² of additional study rooms.

University library of the Technical University of Hamburg

The university library of the Technical University of Hamburg ( TUB HH ), founded in 1979, has been in the heart of the campus since 1991 and, together with the cafeteria, represents a central point of orientation.


The cafeteria was opened in 1992 and at that time offered 120 seats. In 1998 a winter garden was added and the capacity increased to 420 places. Between 2200 and 2400 lunches are sold every day. Since the canteen capacity is no longer sufficient for students and employees, the canteen was supplemented by a Christmas market on campus in December 2011. Since November 2014, various food trucks have been offering hot meals in front of Audimax I.


Art and technology

Organization of teaching

Teaching at the TUHH is organized into 6 dean's offices and one study area:

  • Construction (Head: Mathias Ernst from the Institute for Water Resources and Water Supply)
  • Electrical engineering, computer science and mathematics (Head: Sabine Le Borne from the Institute for Mathematics)
  • Commercial-technical sciences (Head: Franz Ferdinand Mersch from the Institute for Applied Construction Technology)
  • Management Sciences and Technology (Head: Wolfgang Kersten from the Institute for Logistics and Management)
  • Mechanical engineering (Head: Bodo Fiedler from the Institute for Plastics and Composites)
  • Process engineering (Head: Martin Kaltschmitt from the Institute for Environmental Technology and Energy Economics)
  • Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Technologies (Head: Robert Seifried from the Institute for Mechanics and Marine Technology)

Center for teaching and learning

With the Center for Teaching and Learning (ZLL), the TUHH maintains its own university didactic center . The ZLL advises teachers on the design of teaching and learning processes in technical subjects, offers appropriate further qualifications and coordinates various activities to improve teaching and learning at the TUHH. These include a. a center for supervised learning ("LearnING Center") and an entry-level project ("Bachelor project"). The ZLL was or will be funded in both funding periods with funds from the “Teaching Quality Pact”. In a report on the STEM areas of Hamburg universities in 2015, the Science Council rated the ZLL as an “excellent institution” that was “exemplary in terms of quality assurance in teaching”.

Affiliated to the ZLL is a "Department for Technical Didactics of Engineering Sciences". The focus of the work is the investigation of the understanding of central terms and relationships (including so-called "threshold concepts") in basic engineering subjects, especially in mechanics, electrical engineering, control engineering and computer science. The orientation of the associated professorship is special due to its specialization in the technical field throughout Germany.


Bachelor degrees

  • General engineering
  • General Engineering Science (to be discontinued)
  • Civil and environmental engineering
  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science (from winter semester 20/21)
  • Electrical engineering
  • Energy and environmental technology
  • Engineering Science (replaces General Engineering Science from winter semester 20/21)
  • Computer engineering
  • Information technology (to be discontinued)
  • Logistics and mobility
  • mechanical engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • shipbuilding
  • Technomathematics
  • process technology

Masters courses

  • Civil engineering
  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Energy and environmental technology
  • Energy Technology
  • Airplane system technology
  • Computer engineering
  • International industrial engineering
  • Logistics, infrastructure and mobility
  • Medical engineering
  • Materials science
  • Product development, materials and production
  • Renewable Energies
  • Shipbuilding and marine engineering
  • Theoretical mechanical engineering
  • process technology
  • Water and environmental engineering

Diploma courses

The TUHH offered the following diploma courses until the complete conversion to the Bachelor / Master system:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Biotechnology process engineering
  • process technology
  • mechanical engineering
  • Civil engineering and environmental technology
  • Energy and environmental technology
  • Computer engineering
  • shipbuilding

The diploma courses at the TUHH were reformed as part of the Bologna Process and have not been offered since the 2007 winter semester. The curricula are designed according to the ECTS point system. The standard qualification should be a Master of Science degree , and there should also be the opportunity to leave the university after six semesters with a qualifying Bachelor degree. The course in urban planning was also offered until January 1, 2006. This has since been part of the HafenCity University.

Diploma courses in the main course

The following courses of study could only be started with a completed intermediate diploma:

  • Materials science
  • Mechatronics / Joint-Curriculum Mechatronics
  • Medical engineering

Inter-university courses

Degree in teaching

For a teaching position at vocational schools:

  • Construction engineering
  • Electrical engineering information technology
  • Media technology
  • Metal technology
  • Wood technology

For a teaching post at primary and lower secondary level:

  • Subject work theory technology


  • Technomathematics

Degree in engineering

  • Industrial engineer

Research focus

The university's research focuses on the following areas:

  • Integrated biotechnology and process technology
  • Climate-friendly energy and environmental technology
  • Regeneration, implants and medical technology
  • Buildings in and on the water
  • Maritime systems
  • Self-organizing mobile sensor and radio data networks
  • Aeronautical engineering
  • Product-oriented material development

Thanks to the allocation of research funds by the German Research Foundation (DFG), four special research areas, four research groups and four graduate schools have been set up at the TUHH.

Collaborative Research Centers

  • Customized Multi-Scale Material Systems - M 3 (SFB986)
  • Micromechanics of multiphase materials (SFB371)
  • Cleaning contaminated soils (SFB188)
  • Process-related measurement technology and system dynamic modeling for multi-phase systems (SFB238)

Research groups

  • Active and tunable microphotonic systems based on Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI)
  • Submillimeter wave circuit technology
  • Damage research and repair of steel structures in the water
  • Plasticity in nanocrystalline metals and alloys

Priority Programs

  • Techniques, algorithms and concepts for future COFDM systems (TakeOFDM)
  • Molecular modeling and simulation in process engineering
  • Porous media with defined pore structure in process engineering - modeling, applications, synthesis

Research Training Groups

  • Art and technology
  • Sea ports for container ships of future generations
  • Marine constructions
  • biotechnology

State Excellence Initiative

As part of the first round of the Hamburg State Excellence Initiative, two research areas of the TUHH are funded with a total of 7.8 million euros:

  • Fundamentals for synthetic biological systems
  • Integrated material systems

Institutes and working groups

Institutes and working groups TUHH:

  • Wastewater management and water protection B-2
  • Applied civil engineering G-1
  • Work-Gender-Technique M-1
  • Ship engineering working group M-12
  • Structural engineering and steel construction B-4
  • Building materials, building physics and building chemistry B-3
  • Operating unit electron microscopy M-26
  • Image processing systems E-2
  • Biomechanics M-3
  • Bioprocess and Biosystem Technology V-1
  • Chemical reaction engineering V-2
  • Electrical power engineering E-6
  • Energy technology M-5
  • Ship Design and Ship Safety M-6
  • Solid process engineering and particle technology V-3
  • Airplane cabin systems M-25
  • Aircraft production technology M-23
  • Aircraft system technology M-7
  • Fluid Dynamics and Ship Theory M-8
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Construction B-5
  • High frequency technology E-3
  • Human Resource Management and Organizations W-9
  • Humanities B-6
  • Ceramic high-performance materials M-9
  • Communication networks E-4
  • Construction and strength of ships M-10
  • Plastics and composites M-11
  • Laser and system technology G-2
  • Logistics and corporate management W-2
  • Air transport systems M-28
  • Maritime logistics W-12
  • Marketing of industrial goods and services W-3
  • Solid construction B-7
  • Math E-10
  • Medical technology systems E-1
  • Mechatronics in mechanical engineering M-4
  • Mechanics and Marine Technology M-13
  • Multiphase flows V-5
  • Metallurgy and Materials Technology M-15
  • Microsystem technology E-7
  • Modeling and calculation M-16
  • Telecommunications E-8
  • Nanoelectronics E-9
  • Optical communication technology E-11
  • Optical and Electronic Materials E-12
  • Human Resources and Work Organization W-9
  • Product development and construction technology M-17
  • Production management and technology M-18
  • Process and plant engineering V-4
  • Quantitative corporate research and business informatics W-4
  • Computer technology E-13
  • Control engineering E-14
  • Security in Distributed Applications E-15
  • Software systems E-16
  • Strategic and International Management W-10
  • Structural Dynamics M-14
  • Technology and Society W-5
  • Technical Education and University Didactics G-3
  • Technical biocatalysis V-6
  • Technical logistics W-6
  • Technical microbiology V-7
  • Technology and innovation management W-7
  • Telematics E-17
  • Theoretical Electrical Engineering E-18
  • Thermal process engineering V-8
  • Thermal fluid dynamics M-21
  • Environmental technology and energy industry V-9
  • Traffic planning and logistics W-8
  • Transport Economics W-11
  • Hydraulic engineering B-10
  • Water Resources and Supply B-11
  • Materials Physics and Technology M-22
  • Reliable computing E-19
  • Reliability engineering M-24

The letter stands for the respective dean of studies (M for mechanical engineering, V for process engineering, W for management sciences and technology, G for commercial-technical sciences, E for electrical engineering, computer science and mathematics, B for construction), the number is the respective institute number .

Bodies and committees

According to the Hamburg University Act, the Student Parliament (StuPa) is the highest body of student self-administration and the Academic Senate is the highest body of academic self-administration.

Since the TUHH does not have any faculties, students are assigned to one of eight student councils depending on the Dean of Studies. Students of shipbuilding and general engineering sciences (AIW / GES) form two additional student councils and are not assigned to a dean of studies. The members of a student council elect student councils annually. Members of the Shipbuilding Student Council are often also officials of the Heylige Frawe Latte Association , a student association at the TUHH.

Tuition fees

tuition fee

The Student Financing Act for the introduction of tuition fees was passed on June 28, 2006 by the Hamburg parliament and led to the first collection of fees in the amount of 500 euros in the summer semester 2007. For the winter semester 2008/09 the amount was reduced to 375 euros per semester and the model of downstream tuition fees have been introduced. The Hamburg Parliament decided in 2011 to abolish the tuition fees for the 2012/2013 winter semester and to compensate them in full.

Semester fee

The semester fee must be paid by all enrolled students and amounts to 316.30 euros in the 2017 winter semester .

  • 12 euros for the tasks of student self-administration ( AStA )
  • 75 euros for the social tasks of the Hamburg Student Union
  • 176.30 euros for the semester ticket ( valid for six months in the entire HVV area )
  • 50 euros administration fee
  • 3 euros for the hardship fund of the semester ticket

September 11, 2001

Mohammed Atta as a student (left)

Since autumn 2001, the TUHH has been associated with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 , as members of the so-called Hamburg cell studied at the TUHH and maintained an Islamic working group there. The best-known representative of this group was Mohammed Atta , presumed leader of the assassins, who studied urban planning from 1993 to 1999.

The rooms, which were used by the Islam-AG, housed various working groups of the TUHH for many years. The rooms were under student management and could therefore be used by all students for various purposes.

Regular events

The following events take place regularly at the TUHH:

  • TUHH 4u - information event for prospective students
  • Trial course
  • MINT camp - camp for students who are particularly talented in science and technology
  • Theater performance by Theater AG
  • TUHH goes music - concerts by the TUHH Big Band SwingING, SingING and SymphonING.
  • TUHH summer party - joint celebration of the institutes, the ASTA, the student councils, working groups and companies.
  • Robotics camp
  • The annual forum for future-oriented control in cooperation with the command academy of the Bundeswehr .

See also

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. Archived copy ( memento of May 24, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on May 24, 2016.
  2. The President on (last accessed on July 31, 2019).
  3. a b c d Key figures 2019 of the TUHH
  4. Key figures of the TUHH . (As of 2019)
  5. ^ Rolf Zamponi: Change of staff and farewell to the vice-presidents . Hamburger Abendblatt . January 31, 2015. Accessed February 6, 2015.
  6. Webmaster: Professor Kerstin Kuchta is the new Vice President of the TUHH. Retrieved May 27, 2019 .
  7. TUHH spectrum (PDF; 1.6 MB).
  8. TUB HH .
  9. NIT: Imprint. In: Retrieved July 4, 2017 .
  10. NIT: FAQs. In: Retrieved July 4, 2017 .
  11. Press release from TU Hamburg-Harburg: Two in one fell swoop: TU Hamburg elects two new vice presidents , October 30, 2011.
  12. TUHH press release : Handover to TUHH on January 29, 2015, accessed on February 3, 2015.
  13. ^ Rüdiger Bendlin: New President of the Hamburg University of Technology elected. In: October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 28, 2017 .
  14. ^ Christian Bittcher: Professor Dieter Jahn becomes the new President of the TU-Harburg. In: December 21, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2017 .
  15. Law on the renaming of the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, dated May 29, 2018. (PDF, 54 kB) In: Hamburgisches Gesetz- und Verordnungsblatt, issue 21 of 2018. June 1, 2018, accessed on June 5, 2018 .
  16. Press release by the Hamburg Student Union on the opening of Café insgrüne on March 12th. (PDF; 34 kB).
  17. ^ Christian Bittcher: Schwarzenbergstrasse becomes Am Schwarzenberg-Campus. In: March 17, 2015, archived from the original on March 1, 2015 ; accessed on March 17, 2015 .
  18. a b Press release from TU Hamburg-Harburg: TU Hamburg-Harburg receives main building with student center , August 7, 2009.
  19. (dpa): Stapelfeldt speaks of 900 million euros for university redevelopment . Hamburger Abendblatt . November 13, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  20. Press release of the TU Hamburg: Start of the main building of the TU Hamburg-Harburg, laying of the foundation stone with Hamburg's First Mayor , September 16, 2010.
  21. TUHH press release : Inauguration of the main building of the TU Hamburg - a widely visible landmark with great radiance from August 24, 2012, accessed on February 6, 2015.
  22. Institute for Technical Education and University Didactics , Technical University Hamburg: iTBH - We have moved! In: Retrieved April 16, 2016 .
  23. Press release of the TU Hamburg-Harburg: More rooms for students: Inauguration of the east wing of the TUHH on April 29, 2015, accessed on April 30, 2015.
  24. Julia Struck: Students work around the clock. In: Hamburger Abendblatt. September 19, 2012, accessed February 6, 2015 . }
  25. We cater to bright minds… Hamburg cafeteria. Studierendenwerk Hamburg, archived from the original on May 28, 2015 ; accessed in 2015 .
  26. President and University Council open 1st Christmas market on campus . Hamburg University of Technology, accessed on March 18, 2019
  27. TUHH press release : From Monday the lunch caravan will roll onto the TUHH campus on November 19, 2014, accessed on February 6, 2015.
  28. ^ Structure plan of the TUHH , accessed on February 23, 2019
  29. Together for better teaching & learning . In: ZLL . ( [accessed on November 23, 2016]).
  30. Editing: PT-DLR: BMBF ›Home. In: Archived from the original on December 2, 2016 ; accessed on November 23, 2016 .
  31. Wissenschaftsrat: Drs. 5085-16 “Recommendations for the further development of the MINT areas at the universities of the State of Hamburg” (p. 137). (PDF, 2.5 MB) In: January 22, 2016, accessed November 26, 2016 .
  32. ^ Department for Technical Didactics of Engineering at the TUHH. In: Retrieved November 23, 2016 .
  33. DFG joint projects ( Memento from December 5, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), January 15, 2014.
  34. Webmaster: TUHH - University - Institutes and working groups. Retrieved October 26, 2017 .
  35. a b § 102 (3), Hamburg University Act. (HTTPS; PDF, 388 KB) July 3, 2014, accessed April 27, 2016 .
  36. What is the StuPa? | STUPA. (HTTPS) In: Archived from the original on April 27, 2016 ; Retrieved April 27, 2016 .
  37. § 81, Hamburg University Act. (HTTPS; PDF, 388 kB) July 3, 2014, accessed April 27, 2016 .
  38. ↑ Student Councils (FSR) | STUPA. (HTTPS) In: Archived from the original on April 27, 2016 ; Retrieved April 27, 2016 .
  39. ^ TUHH, semester fee ( Memento from December 3, 2013 in the Internet Archive ).
  40. Events of the Student Advisory Service | SCHOOL. In: Archived from the original on June 17, 2016 ; Retrieved June 17, 2016 .
  41. Webmaster: TUHH - University - Information - TUHH goes Music. In: Retrieved June 17, 2016 .
  42. Webmaster: Calendar of Events. In: Retrieved June 17, 2016 .
  43. Webmaster: Forum Future-Oriented Control. In: Retrieved December 6, 2018 .

Coordinates: 53 ° 27 '39.4 "  N , 9 ° 58' 10.2"  E