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Academic Profile of the TU Berlin

A university is like a vibrant city, revealing a new face every day while preserving the continuity upon which it is founded. This describes the Technische Universität Berlin well. Here, thousands of people work together on innovative projects, whether students, researchers or staff members – right in the middle of one of Europe’s most exciting cities.

With more than 28,000 students, the TU Berlin is one of the largest universities of technology in Germany - and at the same time it is extremely multinational: 300 international cooperation agreements and about 6,000 students, making 20 percent of the student body, from about 130 countries all over the world make TU Berlin a real international training place. The majority of international students come from Turkey, the People's Republic of China, and Poland, as well as from Cameroon, Indonesia, and various East European and Arabic countries. The courses of study with the highest proportion of international students are computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, and architecture.

One of our most important tasks is to educate our students to meet the challenges of a world increasingly characterized by technology and progress. Our goal, however, is not to simply impart knowledge in order to create innovative ideas, but rather to give our students the ability to recognize relevant societal and economic problems and then to analyze and solve them.

To this end the TU Berlin offers a broad spectrum of 70 academic subjects (click here for an overview on programmes and courses). Our main emphasis is on technologically oriented courses of study such as mathematics, as well as natural and engineering sciences. We offer the broadest spectrum of engineering sciences of any university in Berlin, with our own unique character in terms of our academic profile and subject orientation.

The TU Berlin also offers courses of study in economics and planning sciences, the humanities and social sciences. At the TU Berlin, the humanities and social sciences are closely linked with technology. Our courses also promote hands-on experience, which is underscored by ongoing commitments from well-known firms such as the Deutsche Telekom AG for the Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, and Siemens AG for the Centre for Knowledge Interchange. This centre helps students to obtain work-study jobs, prepare their dissertations and find traineeship positions. For more details see here.

Some figures:

  • 26,850 students, including 5,570 students from other countries
  • 7 schools
  • 300 Professors, 16 Junior Professors
  • 1,985 research associates
  • 1,050 externally-funded positions
  • 90 courses of study
  • 1,985 staff in administration, libraries, central institutions and workshops
  • 259.6 million euro in state subsidies for the year 2008
  • 81.2 million euro in external funding for the year 2007
  • Average of 30 habilitations and 400 doctoral degrees granted each year
  • Approximately 150 trainees each year in 16 professions