About TU Dresden - Short Portrait


The Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) is one of the largest “Technische Universität” in Germany and one of the leading and most dynamic universities in Germany. As a full-curriculum university with 14 faculties in five schools it offers a broad variety of 129 degree programmes and covers a wide research spectrum. Its focuses of Biomedicine, Bioengineering, Materials sciences, Information technology, Microelectronics as well as Energy and Environment are considered exemplary in Germany and throughout Europe.


Since 2012 TUD is officially one of the “Universities of Excellence”. Its core elements are the “Institutional Strategy”, the Clusters of Excellence “Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden” (cfaed), “Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) and the Graduate School “Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering” (DIGS-BB).


More than 36.000 students are enrolled at TUD – more than three times as many as in 1990 (11.220 students). Internationally, the TUD has earned a good reputation, about one eighths of its students come from abroad. Today, about 5.000 scientists from 70 countries are working at the Technische Universität Dresden.


“Knowledge builds bridges” – this is the motto of the TU Dresden. Through its special courses, its research projects and its networks, TUD builds bridges between scientific disciplines, between business and science, east and west and between generations.

Steeped in Tradition

TUD has a long tradition and vast experience in research and the education of talented scientists and engineers: It was founded as the “Technische Bildungsanstalt” in 1828 and since 1961 has the status of a university.

Family friendly

Our university support students and staff to combine family, studies and work. Since 2007 TUD is a certified family friendly university.

Quality of Life

Dresden is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The capital of Saxony with its baroque architecture, its castles, Elbe meadows, parks, rich cultural life has enchanted many generations of visitors and residents.

The TU Dresden Motto

“Knowledge builds bridges” because we build bridges:

  • Between science and business: Knowledge, starting from the fundamental research via the applied research through to businesses, a long and very successful tradition at the TUD
  • Between sciences: At the TUD the engineering, medicine, natural and social sciences are intertwined in a network, in order to find an interdisciplinary approach to solving the challenges of the 21st century.
  • Between cultures: TU Dresden is connected globally. Many of our students, lecturers and researchers came to us from abroad, to study and work in Dresden.
  • Transcending institutional boundaries: Our “DRESDEN-concept” is a unique country-wide research alliance of university and Fraunhofer-, Max-Planck-, Helmholtz-, Leibniz and other institutes.
  • Between generations: Our programmes for lifelong learning are well-received, not only among young adults, but throughout all generations. Popular examples are the “Kids’ university” and the “Seniors’ academy”.
  • Between East and West: Internationally noted conferences and transnational partnerships in the Euro-region Poland-Czech Republic-Germany have solidified TU Dresden’s reputation as a bridge between the East and the West at the centre of Europe.

TUD’s facts and figures

  • Around 36.000 students including 39.4% from Saxony, 20.9% from the other former East German federal states, 25.1% from the former West German federal states and 13.4% from abroad (126 nations) (as of 1.12.2015)
  • 7981 young people have enrolled for the winter semester 2015/2016 for a degree at Saxony’s largest university. The percentage of international 1st year student has increased from 16.2% to 18.1% in comparison to the previous year.
  • Around 7.770 staff, including approx. 500 professors
  • 14 Faculties in 5 schools
  • Total budget: approx. 510 million EUR incl. approx. 54% third-party funded
  • About 1.900 patent applications since 1994
  • About 20 spin-off companies per year
  • Founded in 1828