University of Stuttgart

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University of Stuttgart
founding 1829 (United Art, Real and Trade School)
TH since 1876, Uni since 1967
Sponsorship state (State of Baden-Württemberg)
place Coat of arms of Stuttgart.svg Stuttgart
state Baden-WürttembergBaden-Württemberg Baden-Württemberg
country GermanyGermany Germany
Rector Wolfram Ressel
Students 24,540 (WS 2019/20)
Employee 5,308 (WS 2019/20)
including professors 265 (WS 2019/20)
Annual budget € 536 million (2019)
Third-party funding: € 232.9 million (2019)
Networks DFH , TU9 , Ge4, EUA , CESAER
Vaihingen campus with cafeteria (left) and the building of the Natural Science Center II (right)

The University of Stuttgart is a state university in Stuttgart and maintains an interdisciplinary profile with a focus on engineering , natural , humanities and social sciences . It is divided into ten faculties .

The earlier in the city center settled technical and scientific institutions were largely since the 1960s on the campus in Stuttgart-Vaihingen relocated, while the humanities, social sciences, economics and the study of architecture in the center location near the main railway station remained. The university operates several research institutes , some of them together with Fraunhofer institutes.


Extension of the former TH Stuttgart, built by Alexander Tritschler in 1879, destroyed in 1944 and rebuilt from 1949 to 1951 under Richard Döcker . The building now houses the rector's office of the university.

The establishment of a university in nearby Tübingen in 1477 by Eberhard im Bart as the then Count of Württemberg-Urach and later Duke of Württemberg initially meant that no other university was established in Stuttgart. The Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen , unlike, for example, the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich (originally Ingolstadt, then Landshut), was not subsequently relocated to Stuttgart despite the change of residence in 1495.

At the end of the 18th century there was a university in Stuttgart for a few years when the Hohe Karlsschule, founded in 1770, was elevated to a university in 1781. It was dissolved again in 1794 under Duke Ludwig Eugen . The Karlsschule mainly trained lawyers for state sovereign tasks as well as doctors for the Württemberg army. One of the most famous students was Friedrich Schiller , who was trained as a military doctor at the Karlsschule from 1773 to 1780.

Today's university goes back to the founding of the United Art, Real and Trade School in 1829 under Wilhelm I of Württemberg . The Realschule, founded in 1796, was expanded by a decree of March 27, 1829 to include an art and trade school, which began operations on October 26, 1829 with 34 students (including Christian Friedrich von Leins ). In 1832 a separation was made between the trade school, art school (today's State Academy of Fine Arts ) and secondary school (today's Friedrich-Eugens-Gymnasium ). In January 1840 the trade school received the rank of a polytechnic school . In 1864 the company moved from Königstraße 12 to the new main building built by Joseph von Egle at Stadtgarten (today's Rectorate at Keplerstraße 7). Reflecting the increasing importance of engineering and related studies academisation of the polytechnic school in October 1876 to was the Polytechnic and 1890 to the Institute of Technology (TH). It owes it to Werner von Siemens (1816–1892) for the subject of electrical engineering , which has officially been in existence since 1882 . In 1900, Wilhelm II of Württemberg gave her the right to award doctorates for technical and scientific disciplines. From December 1905 women were admitted to study at the TH Stuttgart.

Department II: International Center (IZ)

The development of the non-technical subjects at the TH Stuttgart led to the renaming in December 1967 to the University of Stuttgart. In 1958, more than 5,000 students were enrolled at the University of Stuttgart for the first time, in 1973 more than 10,000 students for the first time, in 1988 more than 20,000 students for the first time and in 2013 more than 25,000 students for the first time. The largest part of the university is now in Stuttgart-Vaihingen ( Vaihingen campus), where the first buildings were occupied from 1959 and more than 100 hectares of the Pfaffenwald have been cleared for the buildings of the natural sciences and engineering. In 1985 the logo of the University of Stuttgart was developed and the Stuttgart University train station opened on the Vaihingen campus . The humanities and social sciences as well as architecture are located at the traditional location in the center (Stadtmitte campus) around the city garden and on Azenberg . In 2017, the student house was opened on the Vaihingen campus and houses the central student advisory service , the student administration office , the examination office , the student representatives and the university shop.


View of the city ​​center of Stuttgart with the main train station and the colleges KII (left) and KI (right) of the university
  • 1967–1969: Fritz Leonhardt (1909–1999), Institute for Solid Construction
  • 1969–1971: Heinz Blenke (1920–1996), Institute for Chemical Process Engineering
  • 1971–1980: Karl-Heinz Hunken (1919–2011), Institute for Sanitary Engineering and Water Quality Management
  • 1980–1986: Hartmut Zwicker (1924–1986), Institute for Plasma Research
  • 1987–1990: Franz Effenberger (* 1930), Institute for Organic Chemistry
  • 1990–1992: Jürgen Giesecke (* 1932), Institute for Water and Environmental System Modeling
  • 1992–1996: Heide Ziegler (* 1943), Institute for Literary Studies
  • 1996–2000: Günter Pritschow (* 1939), Institute for Control Technology for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Facilities
  • 2000–2006: Dieter Fritsch (* 1950), Institute for Photogrammetry
  • since 2006: Wolfram Ressel (* 1960), Institute for Roads and Transportation


Collegiate buildings 1 (“KI”, Keplerstraße 11, right) and 2 (“KII”, Keplerstraße 17, left) on the city center campus

Two thirds of all institutes and research facilities are now located on the Vaihingen campus. The area there was built as a university campus . Regarding the partly scattered facilities in the city center, the description of the collegiate buildings KI and KII says: They mark the “entrance gate” to the new university quarter at Stadtgarten, which was created between 1956 and 1965 . Since October 2002 the University of Stuttgart has been divided into the following 10 faculties:


Universitätsstrasse 38 (Vaihingen)

A wide range of bachelor's and master's degree courses are offered in engineering, natural sciences (including mathematics), linguistics and cultural studies, and economics and social sciences (see list of courses at the University of Stuttgart ). In total, as of June 2019, there are 71 Bachelor's and 98 Master's programs. Of these, three of the courses, including a bachelor’s course, are combined in German and French, 16 of the master’s courses are wholly or partially English-language. The largest degree programs with restricted admission in relation to the number of study places per year include the bachelor’s courses in aerospace engineering (350), architecture and urban planning (208), electrical engineering and information technology (200), technically oriented business administration (150), teaching history (150), and computer science (150) and mathematics (125). The largest admission-free courses include the Bachelor courses in mechanical engineering , vehicle and engine technology, technology management , civil engineering and physics .

The University of Stuttgart has also been offering further education courses since 2007 . These are aimed at graduates with at least two years of professional experience. Five of the currently six further education courses, summarized under the heading Master: Online , can be studied while working thanks to the blended learning concept.

Research institutions

Projects and institutions funded by the DFG

Lecture hall V38.01

A more detailed list of the projects and institutions currently funded by the DFG at the University of Stuttgart can be found in the list of DFG funding from the University of Stuttgart . Funding is currently provided (as of October 2019)

High performance data center

Cray XC40 "Hazel Hen" of the HLRS

The high-performance computing center Stuttgart (HLRS), one of three federal high-performance computing centers, belongs to the university . It houses u. a. a NEC Nehalem cluster and other computer clusters, including a Cray XC40 with 7.42  PFLOPS computing power, called "Hazel Hen". This has been in the third and final expansion stage since the end of 2015 and is (as of November 2017) in 19th place in the TOP500 . Since February 2020, 'Hazel Hen' has been replaced by the new HPE Apollo 9000 system, called 'Hawk'; it has a maximum computing power (system peak performance) of 26 PFLOPS and is therefore in 5th place on the TOP500.

The HLRS cooperates in the high-performance computer competence center Baden-Württemberg with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. It also works with numerous non-university research institutions for external customers in the operating company hww with the companies T-Systems Solutions for Research GmbH and Porsche .

In addition, the HLRS conducts its own research in the areas of high-performance computing, visualization and modeling and simulation, which are also represented in teaching. In 1997, the HLRS, together with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, linked two computers between Europe and the USA to form a computer network for the first time. In 1999 it was recognized by the American National Science Foundation (NSF) for this and other work in the field of high-performance distributed computing. In 2003 the HLRS won the HPC Challenge of Supercomputing '03.

University library

Vaihinger branch of the university library
Stuttgart University Library, city center, from the Max Kade House at sunset. On the right K2 University of Stuttgart, on the left the Stuttgart Clinic helicopter landing pad.

The Stuttgart University Library has had its headquarters in the city center of Stuttgart since it was founded in 1829. The shortage of space led to an expansion of the university area in Stuttgart-Vaihingen since 1957. For this reason, the UB has been divided into two parts since 1973. In the meantime, most of the natural science and engineering holdings are located in the branch of the University Library in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Architecture and humanities as well as economics and social sciences remained in the city center area. The library functions as a classic university library for engineering and natural sciences. For students of the humanities and social sciences, this function is also taken over by the Württemberg State Library .

Other facilities

Artificial lake on the Vaihingen campus. In the background the building of the Natural Science Center II (NWZ II)
Institute for Lightweight Structures (IL) designed by Frei Otto on the Vaihingen campus (construction 1965, expansion 1968)
University observatory Pfaffenwald Stuttgart-Vaihingen
Pfaffenhof II student dormitory with observatory , in the background on the right the building of the material testing institute
Student dormitories in Vaihingen

Since 1971, the University of Stuttgart has been operating the geoscientific observatory Black Forest Observatory in the former Grube Anton mine in Schiltach in the Black Forest, together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology .

Since 1972 the university has been donated to the Pfaffenwald observatory , which is the oldest building on the Vaihingen campus. With the Mirka2-rx project, the small student satellite group (KSat eV) settled at the university in 2016.

Alumni network

Since 2002, the university has set up a central alumni network aimed at graduates, students and university members as well as partners and sponsors of the University of Stuttgart. " Alumni us " is the central equivalent of the numerous alumni clubs and sponsoring associations of the University of Stuttgart and connects national and international members from all disciplines and departments.

Material testing institute

The material testing institute belongs to the university . It emerged on July 1, 2003 from the State Materials Testing Institute in Stuttgart and the Research and Materials Testing Institute for Construction (Otto Graf Institute) (FMPA). In the university sector, there is a cooperation agreement between the materials testing institute and the Institute for Materials Testing, Materials Science and Strength Theory (IMWF) and the Institute for Materials in Construction (IWB) at the University of Stuttgart.

The materials testing institute in Württemberg had been assigned to the then Polytechnic Stuttgart since 1884 and was responsible for the areas of construction and mechanical engineering. In 1930 the two areas were separated into two departments and the mechanical engineering department was renamed the State Material Testing Institute . The construction department was renamed the Institute for Building Research and Material Testing of the Building Industry in 1936 and was renamed the Official Research and Material Testing Institute for Building Industry in 1952 and was spun off from the university. In 1980 it was renamed the Baden-Württemberg Research and Materials Testing Institute (Otto Graf Institute) and merged with the Chemical-Technical Testing Office (Stuttgart and Karlsruhe departments). In 2000, the Otto Graf Institute was reintegrated into the university under the name of Research and Material Testing Institute for the Building Industry, Otto Graf Institute , and in 2003 the State Material Testing Institute of the University of Stuttgart and the Research and Material Testing Institute for the Building Industry were merged into a material testing institute University of Stuttgart (MPA Stuttgart, Otto Graf Institute (FMPA)) .

Fraunhofer institutes

Information Security Unit (RUS-CERT)

In 1998, the university was the first university in Germany to set up a Computer Emergency Response Team , which is responsible for IT security of the university's entire IT infrastructure, processing all IT security incidents and their documentation, and taking emergency measures.

The CERT emerged from a working group founded at the data center of the University of Stuttgart ( RUS , today TIK for Technical Information and Communication Services ). The name RUS-CERT, which is still used today, dates from this time. In 2001, the CERT was established as the office of the Chancellor of the University of Stuttgart and has since been independent of the data center and the TIK. Both institutions work closely together.

Until 2018 the official name was "IT Security (RUS-CERT)". After its mandate had been expanded from IT security to information security , the facility was renamed "Information Security Unit (RUS-CERT)". It is headed by the Information Security Officer ( CISO ) of the University of Stuttgart.


Located on the campus of the University of Stuttgart-Vaihingen the facilities of ARENA2036 ( A ctive R esearch E nvironment for the N ext Generation of A utomobiles), a research platform for mobility in Germany.

Equality of women

A study by the education provider WBS in 2019 showed that the University of Stuttgart had the third smallest proportion of women among the professorships of all 44 universities with a share of only 15.6%, although the university is committed to equality between women and men in all areas of science has committed. Equal Opportunities Officer and the Equal Opportunities Office at the university take care of these issues of equal opportunity and diversity .

In the winter semester of 1905/06, women were first admitted to regular studies at what was then the Technical University of Stuttgart. Since the first female students mainly studied pharmacy and teaching subjects that ended with state examinations, a woman did not graduate from the university until January 28, 1914, Nora Kräutle , a graduate engineer for chemistry. In July 1915 she was the first woman to do her doctorate at the TH. Anneliese Niethammer completed her habilitation as the first lecturer in 1946 and then worked as the first non-scheduled professor until 1970. The next habilitation took place in 1956 ( Käte Hamburger ). It was not until 1978 that Elisabeth Walther-Bense became the university's first full professor. In 2014, the university had a 32% share of women among its students and almost 12% among its professors.

On July 11, 1990, the university's Senate decided to set up a Senate Commission for the Advancement of Women , which was constituted in November 1990. After the University Act of May 12, 1992, the universities were obliged to elect a women's representative and regulated their tasks and rights of participation, the Senate elected Monika Auweter-Kurtz as the first women's representative at the University of Stuttgart at the end of 1992 .

Student associations

In Stuttgart today there are 32 student associations in various corporation associations .

Recent developments

Future offensive

Student protests in the summer of 2003 against the "Future Offensive of the University of Stuttgart" planned by the university management (including the abolition of the humanities teacher training courses and some professorships) led to their modification. In February 2005 it was finally decided not to touch the teaching courses for the time being. Nevertheless, the Institutes of Geography (2010), Geology (2012), and Mineralogy and Geophysics (2019) were closed and the geoscientific courses in mineralogy, geology and geography were canceled.

According to a report in the Stuttgarter Zeitung on June 3, 2009, the re-designation of 25 professorships (“master plan”), including 10 in the humanities and 6 in economics, was not implemented, also due to massive resistance. However, the educational sciences (vocational education) and teacher training (trade teachers) have been reorganized. The humanities were further developed, for example with the master’s course in Knowledge Cultures (from WS 2010/2011) and the endowed professorship “History of Technology”. With this professorship, the Berthold Leibinger Foundation wants to promote research into the interactions between science, technology, society and culture from a historical perspective, which at the University of Stuttgart is also supported by the Chair for the History of Natural Sciences and Technology and the International Center for Cultural and Technology research should be advanced.

External evaluation

In order to further advance the realignment of research and teaching, the University of Stuttgart commissioned a seven-person external structure commission in May 2011 to sound out the university's development potential and derive structural recommendations from this. The commission was made up of experts from universities at home and abroad, non-university research institutions and business, who reflected in equal parts the natural and engineering sciences as well as the humanities and social sciences. The chair was the literary scholar and former rector of the University of Konstanz, Gerhart von Graevenitz . The results were presented on October 6, 2011.

Excellence initiative and strategy

As part of the excellence initiative of the federal and state governments, the excellence cluster “Simulation Technology” (SimTech) and the graduate school “Advanced Manufacturing Engineering” (GSaME) were funded at the university from November 2007; the renewal application from November 2012 was also successful for both. Since January 2019 the excellence clusters "Data-Integrated Simulation Science" and "Integrative Computer-Based Planning and Building for Architecture" have been funded at the University of Stuttgart as part of the Excellence Strategy.

Personalities and alumni

A number of well-known or famous personalities studied or taught at the University of Stuttgart or were honored by the university itself. Some of them can be found in the list of well-known personalities at the University of Stuttgart .

Nobel Prize Winner

Leibniz Prize Winner


sorted by year of publication

  • Festschrift for the 150th anniversary of the University of Stuttgart . Ed. V. Johannes H. Voigt. DVA, Stuttgart 1979, ISBN 3-421-01937-1 .
  • Otto Borst: School of Swabia. History of the University of Stuttgart DVA, Stuttgart 1979, ISBN 3-421-01936-3 .
  • Johannes H. Voigt : University of Stuttgart. Phases of their history. Konrad Wittwer, Stuttgart 1981, ISBN 3-87919-324-X .
  • Gerhard Zweckbronner: Engineer training in the Kingdom of Württemberg. Prehistory, establishment and expansion of the Technical University of Stuttgart and its engineering sciences up to 1900 - a combination of institutional and disciplinary history. Writings of the State Museum for Technology and Work in Mannheim No. 2. Konrad Theiss, Stuttgart 1987, ISBN 3-8062-0549-3 .
  • The University of Stuttgart after 1945. History, developments, personalities. Edited on behalf of the Rectorate by Norbert Becker and Franz Quarthal on the 175th anniversary of the University of Stuttgart. Jan Thorbecke, Stuttgart 2004.
  • University of Stuttgart. Innovation is tradition. Ed. On behalf of the Rectorate and the Association of Friends of the University of Stuttgart v. Norbert Becker, Ulrich Engler, Ursula Zitzler on the 175th anniversary of the University of Stuttgart. Jan Thorbecke, Stuttgart 2004, ISBN 3-7995-0139-8 .
  • University of Stuttgart. Innovation is our tradition. Jan Thorbecke, Stuttgart 2004, ISBN 3-7995-0149-5 .
  • Historical campus guide of the University of Stuttgart. Ed. V. Klaus Hentschel . GNT publishing house, Diepholz. Vol. 1: Stadtmitte, 2010. ISBN 978-3-86225-102-5 ; Vol. 2: Vaihingen-Nord, 2014, ISBN 978-3-86225-010-3 ; Vol. 3: Vaihingen Süd and West, 2014, ISBN 978-3-86225-011-0 .
  • The beginnings of women's studies in Württemberg. First female graduates from the TH Stuttgart . Ed. V. Gabriele Hardtmann, Nicola Hille. Steiner, Stuttgart 2014, ISBN 978-3-515-10656-6 .
  • Elisabeth Szymczyk: The third wing of the former Technical University in Stuttgart . In: INSITU 2017/2. ISSN 1866-959X, pp. 247-258.
  • Norbert Becker and Katja Nagel (on behalf of the Rectorate of the University of Stuttgart): Persecution and disenfranchisement at the Technical University of Stuttgart during the Nazi era. Belser, Stuttgart 2017, ISBN 978-3-7630-2805-4 .

Web links

Commons : University of Stuttgart  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ University of Stuttgart: University> Organization> Management> Rector. Retrieved August 2, 2019 .
  2. a b c d e table of figures 2019 (PDF)
  3. Network. List of universities in the DFH network. In: Franco-German University, accessed on October 7, 2019 .
  4. ^ Jürgen Joedicke: Architecture apprenticeship in Stuttgart. From secondary school and trade school to university . In: University of Stuttgart speeches and essays . tape 46 . Stuttgart University Library, Stuttgart 1994, p. 17 .
  5. a b c The 50th anniversary of the Technical University of Stuttgart . In: KEO Fritsch and FW Büsing (Eds.): Deutsche Bauzeitung . 13th year. Commission publisher by Ernst Toeche, Berlin 1879.
  6. ^ History of the FEG section (1.2.3.) 1818–1832: Innovation and Improvisation, accessed on June 23, 2017 (not available on November 2, 2019) .
  7. Chair for electrical engineering at the technical university in Stuttgart. . In: Miscellaneous. Centralblatt der Bauverwaltung , No. 17, April 29, 1882, pp. 147–148. At, accessed on November 2, 2019.
  8. a b Petra Mayerhofer: "There are people who imagine a very strange monster under a student." The beginnings of women's studies at the Technical University of Stuttgart. In: Gabriele Hardtmann, Nicola Hille (Hrsg.): The beginnings of women's studies in Württemberg. First female graduates from the TH Stuttgart. Steiner, Stuttgart 2014, ISBN 978-3-515-10656-6 , pp. 39-93.
  9. Bernd Reinhoffer: Local Studies and General Studies in the Beginning Class - Developments, Status , Trends. Dissertation. Klinkhardt, Bad Heilbrunn 2000. ISBN 3-7815-1084-0 , p. 133. From ( digitized version ), accessed on November 2, 2019.
  10. ^ History of the University of Stuttgart. (PDF; 2 MB) From the beginning to the present. In: University of Stuttgart, accessed on November 2, 2019 .
  11. Models and Stuttgart Reality: University as Campus - Campus as City. In: Stuttgarter unikurier No. 80 / November 1998. From, accessed on November 2, 2019.
  12. ^ Profile - University of Stuttgart .
  13. Stuttgart. An architecture guide. By M. Wörner and G. Lupfer, 1991
  14. ZZVO Universities 2019/20., November 2019, accessed on November 10, 2019 .
  15. NOVEMBER 2017 list. TOP500 .org, November 2017, accessed on March 23, 2018 (English).
  16. HLRS High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart - HPE Apollo 9000 (Hawk). Retrieved February 20, 2020 .
  17. Black Forest Observatory (information flyer). (PDF) Archived from the original on May 20, 2019 ; accessed on May 20, 2019 .
  18. Technical Information and Communication Services (TIK) - University of Stuttgart .
  19. RUS-CERT - Home .
  20. Guideline on information security from the University of Stuttgart. (PDF) January 22, 2019, accessed November 15, 2019 .
  22. ^ The Equal Opportunities Unit - University of Stuttgart .
  23. ^ Ulrich Kull: First professor at the TH Stuttgart - Anneliese Niethammer. In: Norbert Becker, Franz Quarthal (ed.): The University of Stuttgart after 1945. History, developments, personalities. Jan Thorbecke, Stuttgart 2004, pp. 197-200.
  24. ^ Rainer Schönhaar: Thinking about poetry - Käte Hamburger. In: Norbert Becker, Franz Quarthal (ed.): The University of Stuttgart after 1945. History, developments, personalities. Jan Thorbecke, Stuttgart 2004, pp. 329–339.
  25. a b Barbara Unteutsch: Professors - the unknown beings. On the history of women's and gender equality policy at the University of Stuttgart. In: Norbert Becker, Franz Quarthal (ed.): The University of Stuttgart after 1945. History, developments, personalities. Jan Thorbecke, Stuttgart 2004, pp. 70–84.
  26. Figures 2014, page 6 (PDF; 1.8 MB)
  27. ^ History of Natural Sciences and Technology - Historical Institute - University of Stuttgart .
  28. International Center for Culture and Technology Research (IZKT) - University of Stuttgart .
  29. ^ Press - University of Stuttgart .

Coordinates: 48 ° 46 ′ 54.1 "  N , 9 ° 10 ′ 30.7"  E