The TU Dresden is among the top universities in Germany and Europe: strong in research, offering first-rate programmes with an overwhelming diversity, with close ties to culture, industry and society. As a modern full-status university with 14 departments it offers a wide academic range making it one of a very few in Germany. TU Dresden is the largest university in Saxony.
The big campus family of TU Dresden are 37.000 students, 4.400 publicly funded staff members – among them more than 520 professors – and approximately 3.500 externally funded staff members (2013).
15th of June 2012: TU Dresden has succeeded in the Initiative for Excellence by the Federal Government in all funding lines with all its four proposals: the institutional strategy "The Synergetic University", both proposals for clusters of excellence "Cfaed – Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden" and "From cells to Tissues to Therapies", as well as the Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB) were approved. Now TUD is one of eleven German universities that were identified as an “excellence university”.
TU Dresden was the only East German university to be already successful in the first round of the Initiative for Excellence by the Federal Government for promoting top-class university research in 2006 with an excellence cluster and a graduate school (Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering and the excellence cluster "From cells to Tissues to Therapies"). This underlines TU Dresden’s leading role in top-level research and in promoting junior researchers.
One of the most prominent characteristics of TU Dresden is its dynamic development – a process that has been going on for years and that will continue in the future as well. This consistent development is reflected in the institutional strategy. As a "synergetical university" TU Dresden closely cooperates with external research institutions, cultural, industrial and social organisations. In 2009 TU Dresden started an association of 14 cultural and research institutions called DRESDEN-concept (Dresden Research and Education Synergies for the Development of Excellence and Novelty), which is unique in Germany.
The broad range of academic programmes is constantly expanded by internationally acknowledged courses of study. The implementation of the two-step consecutive Bachelor and Master programmes is almost done and is accompanied by maintaining or re-introducing Diplom degree programmes and State Examination programmes, where reasonable and appropriate.
TU Dresden is the only German face-to-face university that offers university correspondence courses for technical degrees in mechanical and civil engineering.
TU Dresden regularly participates in the competition for the best students, the best research and teaching staff and external funding. For a successful participation we know that we need to think and act on an economic basis and expand our existing research partnerships with industrial and economic organisations. Leading industrial organisations honoured the commitment of TU Dresden to teaching and research that is geared to real-world issues and solutions by financing thirteen endowed chairs, among other things. TU Dresden is aTU9 member, i.e. one of the nine major technical universities in Germany.
Back in 1994, TUD started an unequalled patent initiative, in Germany that aimed to protect intellectual property rights at TU Dresden and to speed up the transfer of inventions into marketable products. Approximately one third of all inventions registered by the nine leading technical universities come from TU Dresden.
TU Dresden is very successful in raising external funds. The annual statement of 2003 for the first time recorded that the external funds raised exceeded the 100 million Euro, in 2012 TU Dresden was able to raise more than 227 million Euro of external funds. Above all, external funding comes from public sources, e.g. the Federal Ministry of Research, the German Research Foundation and the European Union. Funding by direct contract research for the industry is gaining more importance.
Students also benefit from interdisciplinary cooperation that is adapted to practical outcomes. Teaching and research follow the principle of involving both students and graduates into current research early on.
The fact that the Saxon capital became home of a number of important industries over the last years is also due to TU Dresden’s academic potential. The names of such companies as Infineon, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Volkswagen shine like beacons across a prospering industrial landscape with many high-tech enterprises in Dresden and its vicinity and in Silicon Saxony.
Further education tailored to the individual and practical needs of graduates and all those interested is another strength of TU Dresden. Further education, as we understand it, includes more than 50 programmes for graduates, among them also courses leading to international degrees, blended learning and a career service.
The History of TU Dresden dates back to the Institution for Technical Education (Technische Bildungsanstalt Dresden) founded in 1828; in other words, it is one of the oldest academic institutions for technical education in Germany.