Portrait of the University
The university was re-founded in April 1946, and its roots go back to the Building Academy established in the 18th century. Nowadays, TU Berlin is an internationally famous university in the German capital, at the heart of Europe. With about 31,000 students in 115 degree programmes it is one of the largest institutes of technology in Germany. The main focus in research and teaching at TU Berlin is on engineering and natural sciences. In addition, it offers degree programmes in planning, social sciences, the humanities, and economics and management. Apart from the main campus, there are further sites in Berlin and a satellite campus in El Gouna, Egypt.
Fundamental research in the natural science disciplines of chemistry, physics and mathematics, and strongly innovative applied research, for instance in electrical engineering and computer science, form the scientific backbone of the university. TU Berlin can boast outstanding results in all these disciplines, which are supported by the federal and state Excellence Initiative, the German Research Council, the European Union, industry and the public sector, and whose teams are global leaders in research.
Research at TU Berlin is moreover characterised by close cooperation with external research institutions and industry. Well-known companies such as Deutsche Telekom AG with the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories and Siemens AG with the Center of Knowledge Interchange
are actively engaged at TU Berlin.
TU Berlin currently offers 26 double-degree programmes
with partner universities in Britain, France, Poland, China, Russia, and Chile, and 17 master’s degree programmes
held in English. Some 20 per cent of students come from abroad – from more than 130 countries. In the Alexander von Humboldt Ranking TU Berlin holds second place among the technical universities. Other figures also illustrate our international nature: TU Professors had 1,500 international cooperation projects between 2009 and 2011. In 2012 there were some 120 international scientific contracts at the central university level.