Technical University of Kaiserslautern

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Technical University of Kaiserslautern (TUK)
founding July 13, 1970
Sponsorship State
place Kaiserslautern
state Rhineland-Palatinate
country Germany
president Arnd Poetzsch-Heffter
Students 14,833 (WS 2018/19)
Employee 2196
including professors 196
Annual budget € 211.6 million (2016)
(€ 62.5 million third-party funding) (2016)
Networks DFH , MGU

The Technical University of Kaiserslautern (also: TU Kaiserslautern, TUK) was founded in 1970. Today it is the only technical and scientific university in Rhineland-Palatinate .

As a campus university with around 14,900 students, it offers a wide range of courses in twelve departments. Most courses have an interdisciplinary approach and thus combine different subject areas.

Students and (young) scientists can benefit from the research facilities based in Kaiserslautern , including two Fraunhofer Institutes ( IESE , ITWM ), the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems , the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) , the Institute for Composite materials (IVW), the Institute for Technology and Work (ITA), the Institute for Biotechnology and Research on Active Substances (IBWF) and the Institute for Surfaces and Layer Analysis (IFOS), all of which work closely with the TUK in the field of applied research.

The Laboratory for Advanced Spin Engineering (LASE) is currently under construction . The Laboratory for Ultra-Precision and Micro Engineering (LPME) is being planned.

The science location Kaiserslautern is part of the leading software cluster.


Administration building of the TU Kaiserslautern

The university was founded in 1969 as part of the Trier-Kaiserslautern dual university. In 1970 teaching began with 191 students. The first president was the experimental physicist Helmut Ehrhardt , who remained in office until 1981. The university was relocated to the premises of the former pedagogical college, but construction of a new university campus began as early as 1971 above the town on the edge of the Palatinate Forest , and it has continued to grow to this day. In 1975, due to the rapid growth, the dual university was separated, making the University of Kaiserslautern independent and the only university in Rhineland-Palatinate with an engineering-technical orientation.

With the amendment of the Rhineland-Palatinate University Framework Act on September 1, 2003, the technical-engineering orientation of the university was taken into account and the University of Kaiserslautern was renamed the Technical University of Kaiserslautern.

In 1992 the center for distance learning and university further education was founded at the university. The institution has developed into one of the leading providers of postgraduate distance learning courses in Germany. The distance learning courses offered are aimed at university graduates and are designed alongside work. In the 2014 summer semester, the distance learning center registered around 3,200 distance students from all over Germany, neighboring countries and overseas. A total of 14,869 students are enrolled at the TU (as of winter semester 2018/19).



Ranking, awards

The mathematics department achieved very good placements in various rankings. In the CHE special evaluation “Diverse Excellence 2012”, the mathematics department is in the top group in all categories.

In October 2009, four pilot departments at the university were able to prevail against 107 other universities in the Excellence in Teaching competition and win prize money of 1 million euros.

Furthermore, the courses in physics, mechanical engineering, computer science, industrial engineering and electrical engineering have achieved numerous top 10 placements across Germany in recent years; In 2018, the industrial engineering course came seventh, the mechanical engineering course sixth, the electrical engineering course fifth, the computer science course eighth and the natural sciences fourteenth place in the university ranking of Wirtschaftswoche . Furthermore, the TU Kaiserslautern was listed in 31st place with the business administration course.


In the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2017, the TU Kaiserslautern is listed under the rank 351-400. The TU is also listed in the Times Higher Education Young University Ranking 2017 and 2018. In the 2015 ARWU World University Ranking, commonly known as the Shanghai Ranking, it is not among the top 500 universities.

The TU is part of the "University of the Greater Region - UniGR asbl" association. For example, students can easily have certificates of achievement from courses they have attended at the Universities of Lorraine (Metz, Nancy), Luxembourg , Liège , Saarland and Trier recognized.

There are also around 20 joint courses that are carried out at two or three partner universities. The graduates receive (partly joint) degrees from the participating universities.

  • Opportunities for double degrees exist in the following subjects:
    • Bachelor in bio and chemical engineering also possible as a double degree (France) from the 5th semester
    • Diploma in mechanical engineering and process engineering
    • Bachelor mechanical engineering
    • Bachelor in industrial engineering / mechanical engineering
    • Bachelor industrial engineering / direction process and environmental technology

The TU Kaiserslautern offers 275 exchange opportunities in 160 universities in 25 countries as part of the Erasmus program.


TUK campus in front of building 42
TUK in the green, building 34

The university offers around 150 courses in 12 departments, 19 of which are distance learning courses (as of 2013). A special feature is the early entry into the mathematics and physics course, which is primarily intended for schoolchildren or newly graduated high school graduates. The so-called “early entry via distance learning” is now also available for the subjects of electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

  • architecture
    • Architecture (diploma)
    • Architecture (Bachelor)
  • Civil engineering
    • Civil Engineering (Bachelor)
    • Civil Engineering - Infrastructure, Water and Mobility (Master)
    • Civil Engineering - Structural Engineering (Master)
    • Construction engineering (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at vocational schools)
    • Structural engineering (certificate / extension test)
    • Facility Management (Bachelor / Master)
    • Wood technology (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at vocational schools)
  • biology
    • Biology (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at grammar schools)
    • Biology (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at secondary schools)
    • Biology (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at vocational schools)
    • Biology (Bachelor / Master)
  • chemistry
    • Chemistry (Bachelor / Master)
    • Chemistry (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at grammar schools)
    • Chemistry (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at secondary schools)
    • Chemistry (Bachelor / Master at vocational schools)
    • Chemistry with a focus on economics (Bachelor)
    • Food chemistry (Bachelor, Master)
    • Toxicology (Master)
    • Business Chemistry (Master)
  • Electrical engineering and information technology ( EIT )
    • Electrical engineering (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at vocational schools)
    • Electrical engineering and information technology (Bachelor / Master)
    • Embedded Computing Systems (EMECS) (Master Erasmus Mundus )
    • Media and Communication Technology (Bachelor / Master)
    • Early entry into the electrical engineering course (distance learning)
    • Early entry into the information technology course (distance learning)
  • Computer science
    • European Master in Software Engineering (Master Erasmus Mundus )
    • Computer Science (Bachelor / Master)
    • Computer science (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at grammar schools)
    • Computer science (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at secondary schools)
    • Computer science (Bachelor / Master at vocational schools)
    • Socioinformatics (Bachelor / Master)
    • Technical computer science (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at vocational schools)
  • Mechanical and process engineering ( MV )
    • Biological and chemical engineering (Bachelor / Master)
    • Bioprocess Engineering (Master)
    • Commercial Vehicle Technology (Master)
    • Computational Engineering (Master)
    • Energy and process engineering (Bachelor / Master)
    • Vehicle technology (master)
    • Mechanical engineering with business administration (Bachelor / Master)
    • Mechanical engineering with applied computer science (Master)
    • Mechanical Engineering (Bachelor)
    • Mechanical and Process Engineering (Diploma)
    • Metal technology (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at vocational schools)
    • Materials Science and Technology (Master)
    • Product development in mechanical engineering (Master)
    • Production Technology (Master)
  • mathematics
    • Finance and Actuarial Mathematics (Master)
    • Early entry into mathematics studies (distance learning)
    • Mathematics International (Master)
    • Mathematics (Bachelor / Master)
    • Mathematics (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at grammar schools)
    • Mathematics (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at secondary schools)
    • Mathematics (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at vocational schools)
    • Project Studies in Advanced Technologies (Certificate)
    • Technomathematics (Master)
    • Business Mathematics (Bachelor / Master)
  • physics
    • Advanced Quantum Physics (Master)
    • Biophysics (Diploma)
    • Biophysics (Bachelor / Master)
    • Early entry into physics studies (distance learning)
    • Physics (Diploma)
    • Physics (Bachelor / Master)
    • Physics (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at grammar schools)
    • Physics (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at secondary schools)
    • Physics (Bachelor's / Master's degree in teaching at vocational schools)
    • Techno-Physics (Bachelor / Master)
  • Spatial and environmental planning
    • Geography (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at grammar schools)
    • Geography (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at secondary schools)
    • Geography (Bachelor / Master teaching degree at vocational schools)
    • Spatial Planning (Bachelor)
    • Urban and Regional Development (Master)
    • Environmental Planning and Law (Master)
  • Social Sciences ( SoWi )
    • Educational sciences (teaching degree, Bachelor, Master, all types of schools)
    • Geography (Bachelor and Master teaching degree at grammar school, Bachelor and Master teaching degree at Realschule plus)
    • Integrative Social Science (Bachelor, Master)
    • Cognitive Science (Master)
    • Social studies (Bachelor and Master teaching degree at grammar schools)
    • Social Studies (Bachelor and Master Teacher Training at Realschulen)
    • Social studies (Bachelor's and Master's degree in teaching at vocational schools)
    • Sport (Bachelor's and Master's degree in teaching at grammar schools)
    • Sport (Bachelor and Master Teacher Training at Realschulen)
    • Sport (Bachelor's and Master's degree in teaching at vocational schools)
  • Economics ( WiWi )
    • Business Administration (Bachelor, Master)
    • Business administration with technical qualification
      • Civil engineering course (Bachelor, Master)
      • Major in electrical engineering (Bachelor, Master)
      • Department of Computer Science (Bachelor, Master)
      • Mechanical engineering course (Bachelor, Master)
      • Process engineering course (Bachelor, Master)
    • industrial engineering
      • Chemistry course (Bachelor, Master)
      • Major in electrical engineering (Bachelor, Master)
      • Department of Computer Science (Bachelor, Master)
      • Mechanical engineering course (Bachelor, Master)
      • Degree in environmental and process engineering (Bachelor, Master)

Distance and Independent Studies Center (DISC)

In 1992 the university established the Center for Distance Learning and University Continuing Education (ZFUW). In 2007, the distance learning center was renamed the Distance and International Studies Center, before changing its current name to Distance and Independent Studies Center (DISC) in 2010. Today it offers 23 part-time master’s and certificate courses as well as four certificate courses in the areas of human resources, management & law and science & engineering. The offers are designed in such a way that studying alongside your job can be a success. Almost 4,200 students from Germany, neighboring German-speaking countries and from overseas are currently enrolled. The distance learning center is one of the leading providers of post-graduate distance learning courses in Germany with more than 25 years of experience in the field of “extra-occupational training”. Since it was founded, over 15,000 graduates have completed distance learning. It is a merger of the Center for Distance Learning and University Continuing Education (ZFUW), the eTeaching Service Center (eTSC) and the Self-Learning Center (SLZ), which are managed as areas of responsibility under the common umbrella of the DISC.

Human Resources

The social science-oriented master’s and certificate courses are aimed at people from the fields of education, school, consulting and organizational or personnel development, among others. The area includes the following courses:

  • Adult education
  • Organizational development
  • Personnel development
  • School management
  • Social sciences: organization and communication
  • Systemic advice
  • Systemic management (certificate course)

Management and Law

The accredited master’s degree programs and certificate courses are aimed at people from the management sector and generally from companies, non-profit organizations or public institutions. The area includes the following courses:

  • Business and Management
  • Health and social facility management
  • Management of culture and non-profit organizations
  • Master (Blended Learning) of Evaluation
  • Sustainable development cooperation
  • Tax law for corporate practice
  • Business law for corporate practice
  • Digital Management (Certificate Course)

Science and Engineering

The part-time master’s and certificate courses as well as certificate courses are aimed at people from the fields of natural sciences and medicine, engineering or psychology, among others. The area includes the following courses:

  • Fire protection planning
  • Financial engineering
  • Medical physics
  • Psychology of children's learning and development disorders
  • Software engineering for embedded systems
  • Medical physics and technology (certificate course)
  • Nanobiotechnology (certificate course)
  • Technoethics (certificate course)
  • Radiation Protection Update Course (Certificate Course)
  • Refresher course for fire protection officers (certificate course)
  • Fire protection officer (certificate course)


As a strong research university, the TU Kaiserslautern aims to create optimal conditions for cutting-edge research and thus to strategically and purposefully promote the work of its scientists. Young scientists should therefore also receive extensive funding for their career development from the TU-Nachwuchsring.

These facilities exist as part of the research initiative of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate

Profile areas:

Areas of potential

  • Artificial Intelligence Enhanced Cognition and Learning
  • Construction site of the future - automation and digitization
  • Mathematics applied to real-world challenges (MathApp)
  • Symbolic Tools in Mathematics and their Application (SymbTools)
  • Systems for raw material change (NanoKat)
  • Center for Commercial Vehicle Technology (ZNT)

At the TU Kaiserslautern there are these research alliances funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG):

  • Collaborative Research Centers (SFB)
    • SFB 926 "Component Surfaces: Morphology on the Microscale" (since 2011)
    • SFB / TRR 88 "Cooperative Effects in Homo- and Heterometallic Complexes (3MET)" (since 2011)
    • SFB / TRR 173 "Spin + X - Spin in its collective environment" (since 2016)
    • SFB / TRR 175 "The Green Hub - The chloroplast as a center of acclimatization in plants" (since 2016)
    • SFB / TRR 185 SFB / TRR 185 "OSCAR - Open System Control of Atomic and Photonic Matter" (since 2016)
    • SFB / TRR 195 "Symbolic tools in mathematics and their application" (since 2017)
  • Research Training Groups
    • GRK 1830 (international graduate college) "Role of complex membrane proteins in cellular development and the emergence of diseases" (Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Edmonton) (since 2012)
    • GRK 2057 (international graduate college) "Physical Modeling for Virtual Manufacturing Systems and Processes" (Kaiserslautern, Berkeley, Davis) (since 2014)
  • As part of the 7th EU research framework program, these projects are carried out at the TU Kaiserslautern:
    • ERC projects
    • Magnon Circuits: Nano-Scale Magnonic Circuits for Novel Computing Systems
    • ENRICO: Enrichment of Components at Interfaces and Mass Transfer in Fluid Separation Technologies
    • SuperMagnonics: Supercurrents of Magnon condensates for Advanced Magnonics
    • ENGAGES: Next generation algorithms for grabbing and exploiting symmetry
    • AV-SMP: Algorithmic Verification of String Manipulating Programs
    • Cooperation projects
      • OpenDreamKit: Open Digital Research Environment Toolkit for the Advancement of Mathematics
      • VICINITY: Open virtual neighborhood network to connect intelligent buildings and smart objects
      • OPRECOMP: Open transPREcision COMPuting
      • LightKone: Lightweight Computation for Networks at the Edge
      • MONARCH: 5G Mobile Network Architecture for diverse services, use cases, and applications in 5G and beyond
      • EPIC: Enabling Practical Wireless Tb / s Communications with Next Generation Channel Coding
      • SECREDAS: Cyber ​​Security for Cross Domain Reliable Dependable Automated Systems
      • CHIRON: Spin Wave Computing for Ultimately-Scaled Hybrid Low-Power Electronic
      • HumaneAI: Toward AI Systems That Augment and Empower Humans by Understanding Us, our Society and the World Around Us
      • BIONIC: Personalized Body Sensor Networks with Built-In Intelligence for Real-Time Risk Assessment and Coaching of Aging workers, in all types of working and living environments
      • Arrowhead Tools: Arrowhead Tools for Engineering of Digitalization Solutions
    • Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions
      • 5G-AURA: Application-aware User-centric Programmable Architectures for 5G Multi-tenant Networks
      • FORA: Fog Computing for Robotics and Industrial Automation
      • algaeRE-CITY: Reviving shrinking cities - innovative paths and perspectives towards livability for shrinking cities in Europe
      • INSPIRE: Innovative ground interface concepts for structure protection

In the university environment

TU Campus Kaiserslautern 360 ° Panorama 2019 Show
as spherical panorama

Scholarship system

There are several direct and indirect funding programs for scholarships at the TU Kaiserslautern. The scholarship system of the TU Kaiserslautern consists of four pillars according to the different groups of the sponsored: German and foreign students, doctoral candidates and scientists.

Student groups and initiatives (selection)

  • AEGEE - European Student Forum
  • AIESEC / IAESTE - International student organization
  • Aktienfieber e. V. - Stock exchange association at the University of Kaiserslautern
  • Association des Etudiants Rwandais de Kaiserslautern
  • AtM Consultants e. V. - Student management consultancy
  • bonding-student initiative e. V.
  • Thinkers Club - Philosophical Association and Social Discourse
  • EESTEC Observer Kaiserslautern
  • Electrotechnical Circle (ETK)
  • Green university
  • Indian Students Association in Kaiserslautern (ISAK)
  • Engineers without limits
  • Iranian students group
  • Young German Physical Society
  • Juso University Group at TU Kaiserslautern (Juso-HSG)
  • Kaiserslautern Racing Team e. V. (KaRaT)
  • Kaiserslautern Student Performing Arts (KLSPA)
  • Leo Club Kaiserslautern
  • LSK - Luxembourg students from Kaiserslautern
  • Sustainability office
  • Open Circle of Turkish Students (ÖKtüS)
  • Pakistani Student Association
  • Ring of Christian Democratic Students at the TU Kaiserslautern (RCDS)
  • Role and simulation game association KaRoTa e. V.
  • Scholarship holders of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
  • Student Exchange Program e. V. (STEP)
  • Student initiative for children Kaiserslautern e. V. (SfK)
  • Student Mission in Germany (SMD)
  • Student Debating Club (debatING.)
  • Meeting point Kaiserslautern - the company contact fair
  • Unicef ​​University Group Kaiserslautern
  • UNIX-AG - Student AG at the University of Kaiserslautern
  • VDI - Working group for students and young engineers at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern
  • Association of Students from Kurdistan
  • Association of Chinese Scientists and Students Kaiserslautern e. V. (VCWSK)
  • Association of African Students in Kaiserslautern e. V. (VASK)
  • VWI University Group Kaiserslautern e. V.

Works of art

Several works of art are spread across the campus. Probably the best known of them is the gateway to science . The new logo of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, which has been used for several years, was modeled on this.

Gate of Science

There is a printed sculpture guide in bookshops, ISBN 978-3-941438-77-4 . The online edition “Sculptures at the TU Kaiserslautern” can be downloaded from the Internet. The gallery in the TU, founded in 1988, shows three to four art exhibitions by renowned artists every year. This makes the TU Kaiserslautern one of the few universities in Germany that regularly presents contemporary art in a non-profit gallery.

Student dormitories

The Studierendenwerk Kaiserslautern offers more than 1700 places in dormitories.

Surname address Number of places
Alcatraz Gerhart-Hauptmann-Strasse 24 296
Titmouse Meisenweg 6-10 243
Campus / colorful Gottlieb-Daimler-Strasse 68 216
Red dorm Trippstadter Strasse 121 212
Trout Trout Street 19-25 170
Villa street Villenstrasse 10 65
ESA Gottlieb-Daimler-Strasse 69 20th
Beethovenstrasse Beethovenstrasse 52 13
Parkstrasse Parkstrasse 20 13
Karcherstrasse Karcherstrasse 20 11
Karcherstrasse Karcherstrasse 2 9
Bierstrasse Bierstrasse 28 9
Hasenstrasse Hasenstrasse 35 9
Legoland Kurt-Schumacherstrasse 8-22 325



In the early days, the university hosted and organized LinuxTag . From 1996 to 1999 it was first held in Foyer42 / Audimax, then moved to the cafeteria and, due to its increasing international popularity, moved to the trade fair in Stuttgart from 2000 onwards .


Klaus Knopper , developer of the free GNU / Linux distribution " Knoppix " named after him , had an office in the basement of the data center.

See also

Web links

Commons : Technical University of Kaiserslautern  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  3. a b c facts and figures. Retrieved June 27, 2018 .
  4. according to slides "Research location KL 190514Kow.pptx"
  5. according to slides "Research location KL 190514Kow.pptx"
  6. Network. List of universities in the DFH network. In: Franco-German University, accessed on October 7, 2019 .
  7. Overview and explanations of the institutes of the TU Kaiserslautern
  8. LASE homepage
  9. Press release TUK LPME
  10. Editors: BMBF LS5 Internet Editor: Software-Cluster - BMBF top cluster. Retrieved October 8, 2019 .
  11. Software cluster | Europe's most powerful network of companies, training and research institutions in the field of software development. Retrieved October 8, 2019 (German).
  12. Own calculation "breakdown of students by subject.xlsx" based on "stg.pdf"
  13. ^ TU Kaiserslautern
  14. ^ Department of Mathematics
  15. CHE
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  17. Results of the degree program ranking
  21. The University of the Greater Region. Accessed July 31, 2019 .
  22. University of the Greater Region - UniGR. Accessed July 31, 2019 .
  23. ^ TU Kaiserslautern
  24. Erasmus Program TU Kaiserslautern
  25. according to slides "Research location KL 190514Kow.pptx"
  26. according to the Excel file "Study opportunities_29.04.2014_with number of degrees.xlsx"
  27. junior ring
  28. AME
  29. BioComp
  30. [1] OPTIMAS
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  33. MathApp
  34. SymbTools
  35. NanoKat
  36. ZNT
  37. TU KL: Collaborative Research Centers. Retrieved January 20, 2020 . Collaborative Research Centers ( Memento from July 15, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  38. ^ Website of the SFB 926
  39. Website of the SFB 88
  40. ^ CRC 173 website.Retrieved September 29, 2017 .
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  43. Ongoing Collaborative Research Centers of the DFG
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  70. Scholarships
  71. University groups
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  73. ^ History of LinuxTag

Coordinates: 49 ° 25 ′ 26 ″  N , 7 ° 45 ′ 11 ″  E