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 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.
The big campus family of TU Dresden are 37.000 students, 4.300 publicly funded staff members – among them 500 professors – and approximately 3.400 externally funded staff members. 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 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. 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.