Technische Universität Dresden (TUD, Dresden University of Technology) is one of the oldest technical universities in Germany and is justifiably proud of its fine tradition in education. The buildings and institutes cover approximately 275 hectares and form an integral part of the city of Dresden, just south of the city centre. lf you add the extended area of the Faculty of Medicine located in another part of town with its numerous hospitals, the university is even bigger. Originally founded as a technical school in 1828, it was awarded the status of a Technical Academy in 1890 and in 1961 it was recognized as a University of Technology.
Since the German reunification in 1990 new faculties have been added to the traditional faculties of sciences and engineering. These include economics, humanities, social sciences and medicine. As a result the range of research possibilities and courses now offered by TUD is extremely broad and quite unique in Germany.
TU Dresden, "Beyer-Bau"
In the last few years TUD has extended its international links by adding new contacts, mostly in Western Europe and North America, to the relationships that have already existed with Central and Eastern Europe. In its international contacts, TUD puts particular emphasis on student mobility and research collaboration.
TUD, like the large majority of German universities, is a state university, one of four in the Free State of Saxony (Freistaat Sachsen). Apart from TUD there are the University of Leipzig, the University of Chemnitz-Zwickau and the Mining Academy of Freiberg. At present approx. 36,000 students (4,600 of them being international students from over 100 countries) are studying at TUD. The university in total employs around 7,600 persons and is one of the biggest employers in Saxony. About 528 professors and 25 associate professors ensure the high standards of teaching and research that have established the reputation of TUD. The ratio between staff and students is better than at many universities in the western part of Germany and this makes for a more personal atmosphere.
The new building of lecture halls
Today TUD consists of fourteen faculties that enable you to choose from many different fields of science and have a truly interdisciplinary study plan. Moreover, TUD offers excellent research opportunities. All faculties have been thoroughly modernized since the German reunification. The university is within reach of a series of first-class research institutes that collaborate closely with the faculties. Thus, in Dresden there are located eight Fraunhofer Institutes (for acoustic diagnostics, ceramic technologies, microelectronic circuits and systems etc.), two working groups of the Max Planck-Institute and others.