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Technical University of Berlin

Technical University of Berlin
Technische Universität Berlin
Motto Wir haben die Ideen für die Zukunft (German)
Motto in English
We've got the brains for the future[1]
Established 1946
Type Public
Endowment State:€295.7M (2014)[2]
External: €174M (2013)[2]
President Christian Thomsen (since 2014)
Administrative staff

8,070 (2012)[2]

Students 32,752 (WS 2014/15)[2]
Location Berlin, Germany
Campus Urban
Nobel Laureates 10[3][4][5]
Nickname TU Berlin, TUB
Affiliations TIME
Website .de.tu-berlinwww

The Technische Universität Berlin, known as TU Berlin for short and unofficially as the Technical University of Berlin or Berlin Institute of Technology, is a research university located in [3][5][9]

The TU Berlin is a member of TU9, an incorporated society of the largest and most notable German institutes of technology and of the Top Industrial Managers for Europe[10] network, which allows for student exchanges between leading European engineering schools. It also belongs to the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research.[11] As of 2013, TU Berlin is ranked 41st (2012: 45th) in the world in the field of Engineering & Technology and 1st in Germany (46th worldwide) in Mathematics according to QS World University Rankings. [12] [13] The university is known for its high ranked engineering programmes, especially in mechanical engineering and engineering management.[14]


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Organization 3
  • Faculty and staff 4
  • Library 5
  • Notable alumni and professors 6
  • Rankings 7
  • See also 8
  • Notes and references 9
  • External links 10


Northern front of the main building in 1895, considerably damaged in World War II and replaced by a modern front in the 1960s

The Technische Hochschule Berlin was formed on 1 April 1879 through the amalgamation of the Berlin College of Civil Engineering (Bauakademie) and the Royal College for Vocational Studies (Königliche Gewerbeakademie), two independent Prussian founding colleges established in 1799 and 1821 respectively. Both colleges were merged by the Prussian government to form the "Royal Polytechnic University in Charlottenburg", named after the borough of Charlottenburg just outside Berlin where the Polytechnic was situated. Due to the efforts by professor Alois Riedler and Adolf Slaby, chairman of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and the Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE), in 1899 the "Royal Technical College" was the first Technische Hochschule in Germany that awarded a doctorate, as well as the Diplom as standard degree for graduates.

In 1916 the long-standing Bergakademie Berlin, the Prussian mining academy created by the geologist Carl Abraham Gerhard in 1770 at the behest of King Frederick the Great, was assimilated into the "Polytechnic University in Berlin". Before becoming a part of the TU Berlin, the mining college had been, however, for several decades under the auspices of the Frederick William University (the present-day Humboldt University of Berlin), before it was spun out again in 1860. After Charlottenburg's absorption into Greater Berlin in 1920 and Germany being turned into a Republic, the college became eventually known as the "Polytechnic University in Berlin". In 1927 the department of Geodesy of the "Agricultural College of Berlin" was incorporated into the "Berlin Polytechnic". During the 1930s, the redevelopment and expansion of the campus along the "East-West axis" were part of the Nazi plans of a Welthauptstadt Germania, including a new faculty of defense technology under General Karl Becker, built as part of greater Hochschulstadt university grounds in the western Grunewald forest. The shell construction remained unfinished after the outbreak of World War II and Becker's suicide in 1940, it is today covered by the large-scale Teufelsberg dumping. The north section of the main building of the university was destroyed during a bombing raid in November 1943.[15]

TU Berlin Architecture Building in May 1968, with banners in protest against the adoption of the German Emergency Acts

Due to the street fighting at the end of the Second World War, the operations at the "Polytechnic University in Berlin" were suspended as of April, 20th 1945. The planing for the re-opening of the school began June, 2nd 1945, once the acting rectorship led by Gustav Ludwig Hertz and Max Volmer was appointed. As both Hertz and Volmer remained in exile in the Soviet Union for some time to come, the college was not re-inaugurated until April, 9th 1946, now bearing the name of "Technische Universität Berlin". In general, the name is not translated into other languages. The English term Berlin Institute of Technology is a semi-official translation which was established as a compromise in 2007. Nevertheless, the intuitive translation Technical University of Berlin remains the most common (although not official) name for the university in English, with the possible exception of the native German description (and of course the short form of TU Berlin).


Main building of TU Berlin from above (south side)
Entrance of the main library of Berlin Technical University and of the Berlin University of the Arts
Telefunken-Hochhaus, the tallest building on campus, with a bird's-eye-view cafeteria on floor 20.

The TU Berlin covers ca. 600,000 m², distributed over various locations in Berlin. The main campus is located in the borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. The seven schools of the university have some 28,200 students enrolled in more than 50 subjects (January, 2009).[16]

El Gouna campus: Technische Universität Berlin has established a satellite campus in Egypt to act as a scientific and academic field office. The nonprofit public-private partnership (PPP) aims to offer services provided by Technische Universität Berlin at the campus in El Gouna on the Red Sea.[17]


Since 4 April 2005, the TU Berlin has consisted of the following schools:

  1. Humanities
  2. Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  3. Process Sciences and Engineering
  4. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  5. Mechanical Engineering and Transport Systems (including Aerospace engineering, Automotive engineering, naval and ocean engineering, and the planning and operation of transport systems)
  6. Planning – Building – Environment (merge of former schools of "Civil Engineering and Applied Geosciences" and "Architecture – Environment – Society")
  7. Economics and Management

Faculty and staff

8,455 people work at the university: 331 professors, 2,666 postgraduate researchers, and 2,145 personnel work in administration, the workshops, the library and the central facilities. In addition there are 2,719 student assistants and 130 trainees (March 2010).[18]

International student mobility is applicable through ERASMUS programme or through Top Industrial Managers for Europe (TIME) network.


The new common main library of Technische Universität Berlin and of the Berlin University of the Arts was opened in 2004[19] and holds about 2.9 million volumes (2007).[20] The library building was sponsored partially (estimated 10% of the building costs) by Volkswagen and is named officially "University Library of the TU Berlin and UdK (in the Volkswagen building)".[21] Confusingly, the letters above the main entrance only state "Volkswagen Bibliothek" (German for "Volkswagen Library") – without any mentioning of the universities. Some of the former 17 libraries of Technische Universität Berlin and of the nearby University of the Arts were merged into the new library, but several departments still retain libraries of their own. In particular, the school of 'Economics and Management' maintains a library with 340,000 volumes in the university's main building (Die Bibliothek – Wirtschaft & Management/″The Library″ – Economics and Management) and the 'Department of Mathematics' maintains a library with 60,000 volumes in the Mathematics building (Mathematische Fachbibliothek/"Mathematics Library").

Notable alumni and professors

(Including those of the Academies mentioned under History)


As of 2013, TU Berlin is ranked 41st (2011:46th, 2010: 48th) in the world in the field of Engineering & Technology according to QS World University Rankings. [12] In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2011, TU Berlin ranks 201-300 overall, as one of the top 100 universities worldwide in Chemistry and as one of the top 75 in Mathematics.

The TU Berlin is Germany's highest ranked university in statistics and operations research according to QS World University Rankings.

See also

Other Universities in Berlin:

Notes and references

  1. ^ "TU Berlin: About the TU Berlin". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "TU Berlin: Zahlen & Fakten". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Gustav Hertz - Biographical". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "George de Hevesy - Biographical". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Fritz Haber - Biographical". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "National Academy of Sciences". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Eugene Wigner - Biographical". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Wernher von Braun
  9. ^ "Carl Bosch - Biographical". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  10. ^ T.I.M.E. – Top Industrial Managers for Europe
  11. ^ Brainlane - SiteLab CMS v2. "Germany". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "QS World University Rankings by Faculty 2013 - Engineering and Technology". Top Universities. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "CHE Ranking: CHE Hochschulranking, Vielfältige Exzellenz, Bachelor-/Master-Praxis-Check". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ "TU Berlin: Facts & Figures". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "TUB Campus El Gouna: Home". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "TU Berlin: Facts & Figures". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  19. ^ Universitätsbibliothek TU Berlin: About Us
  20. ^ Universitätsbibliothek TU Berlin: About Us
  21. ^ Universitätsbibliothek der Technischen Universität Berlin. "Universitätsbibliothek TU Berlin: Startseite". Universitätsbibliothek TU Berlin. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 

External links

  • (German) Official Homepage
  • (English) Official Homepage
  • (German) Homepage of the Student's Council and Government
  • Map of campus
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