About Technische Universität Chemnitz
Technische Universität Chemnitz is situated at Chemnitz, a city in the Free State of Saxony in South-East-Germany with nearly 250.000 inhabitants. With more than 11.500 students and 2.000 staff members at 8 faculties, it counts among the main employers in the region of Western Saxony.
Technische Universität Chemnitz is strongly characterized by a distinctive profile within the three trans-disciplinary core competence areas „Efficient and Flexible Production“, „Human and Technology“ as well as “Materials and Smart Systems”, an extraordinary strength in research as well as active and intensive networking with local, national and international scientific, economic, political and societal partners.
More than half of the total budget of Technische Universität Chemnitz derives from successful application for third-party-funding. Furthermore – in addition to a number of (young) researchers groups, collaborative research areas and inter-faculty competence centers – since 2012, Technische Universität Chemnitz is the one and only university in Germany which established a Federal Cluster of Excellence in the future-oriented field of lightweight engineering (“Merge Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures” – MERGE”) funded by the Federal government with additional 31 million Euro until 2017.
Last but not least, Technische Universität Chemnitz is very attractive for students and (young) researchers from all over the world: nearly every 5th student and every 4th PhD-student enrolled at the university are from abroad.
Among the most predominant “secrets of success” behind this very prosperous development are strong relations i.a. with the City of Chemnitz, extramural research institutions like the local Fraunhofer-Institutes for Machine Tools and Forming Technology and for Electronic Nanosystems as well as SMEs and globally operating trusts like Volkswagen and Siemens. On the international level, Technische Universität Chemnitz collaborates with more than 100 partner universities world-wide and intends to play the role of a key driver in international networks like AC21.
For these reasons, the overall theme of the upcoming AC21 International Forum “Networks of Innovation for the Transformation of Society through Science” at Chemnitz was not selected arbitrarily but with the distinct intention to spread and share the experiences made in networking among the partners for the benefit and successful further development of the entire AC21-network.