Excellent in Many Ways
Chemnitz University of Technology is a diverse university that is a part of a strong regional, national and international network. It is home to roughly 11,000 students from around 100 countries. Due to its high proportion of international students, Chemnitz University of Technology is the most international university in Saxony and occupies a leading position nationwide among state universities. With around 2,300 employees in the sciences, technology and administration, the university is also an important catalyst in the region. Chemnitz University of Technology sees itself as a university with a familial feel to it, where members work together and treat each other as peers.
The university sees itself as a driver of innovation in dealing with the important problems of tomorrow. Against the backdrop of global changes and new demographics, there is a need for comprehensive solutions that are sustainable, interdisciplinary and beneficial to our society. For this purpose, Chemnitz University of Technology has defined its three core competencies in research and teaching as follows: Materials and Smart Systems, Resource-efficient Production and Lightweight Structures, and Humans and Technology.
Within the area of Materials and Intelligent Systems, the university focuses on the research and development of innovative materials and material systems as well as new integration technologies, for example, in vehicle construction, renewable energy technology and medical technology. Functional applications through intelligent systems are of particular importance. Key partners provide a catalyst for such initiatives, such as the COOL SILICON cluster, of which the university’s Center for Microtechnologies is a member. In addition, the university has opened the Center for Materials, Architectures and Integration of Nanomembranes (MAIN), which is unique within Europe, and was financed with 34.3 million euros of federal and state funding.
Chemnitz University of Technology occupies a top position in research in the area of Resource-efficient Production and Lightweight Structures. The work in this core competency is supported by the Federal Cluster of Excellence “Technologies for Multifunctional Lightweight Structures” (MERGE). Funded with around 40 million euros, this cluster is the only one in Germany that works in the forward-looking field of lightweight construction. The foundations for this were laid in part by the Saxon Cluster of Excellence “Energy-efficient Product and Process Innovations in Production Engineering” (eniPROD), which was developed in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU. The university also works in cooperation with numerous other universities and research institutions on various initiatives in this area.
Interdisciplinary cooperation is what distinguishes Chemnitz University of Technology - also in its core research area “Humans and Technology”. One prime unit of research cooperation in this field is the Collaborative Research Centre “Hybrid Societies” funded by the German Research Foundation, in which all eight faculties of Chemnitz University of Technology are involved. The CRC “Hybrid Societies” is investigating how spontaneous encounters between people and intelligent technologies in public spaces can run smoothly and in a coordinated manner. To this end, 30 professors and senior researchers at Chemnitz University of Technology are conducting fundamental research into how humans can move in concert with robots, highly automated vehicles, or virtual avatars without friction such as with other people. Further examples of interdisciplinary cooperation are the focus area “Virtual Humans” and the DFG Research Training Group “Connecting virtual and real social worlds”, which has successfully been completed. Junior Research Groups offer excellent funding and career conditions for young researchers.
A focus on the growing partnerships with companies and research institutions in the regional scientific community provides a glimpse into the future for Chemnitz University of Technology. Together with non-university research institutions as well as university-affiliated institutes, city leadership and partners from the business community, the university provides ideal conditions that combine practice-oriented education and foundational, application-oriented research. The university’s SAXEED start-up network offers good starting conditions for the leap from the lecture hall into self-employment. With this support since its founding in 2006, more than 150 projects have been successfully launched, including 45 technology-oriented companies with high growth potential. This contributes greatly to the university’s reputation as one of the best for start-ups in all of Germany. The university is also a significant catalyst for cultural and social development in the city and in the region.
Networking is also important at the university – in economic, scientific, cultural, athletic and social spheres. One example is the Smart Systems Campus, which was built in the immediate vicinity of the university campus. This includes the new Institute of Physics building, which includes a cleanroom at the Center for Microtechnologies, the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nanosystems (ENAS), a “start-up building”, as well as other commercial spaces. Top projects at the university, where networking is a top priority, include the “HZwo – Drive for Saxony” cluster of innovation and the Smart Rail Connectivity Campus (SRCC). Above all, HZwo is pursuing the goal of establishing a network for hydrogen fuel cell technology in Saxony. The SRCC is a model project that is unique within Europe, in which sustainable and highly automated mobility solutions are researched, and to this end, a new research campus is being built in the city of Annaberg-Buchholz. At the international level, the university cooperates with 130 partners on all continents.
In the upcoming winter semester (2019-20), the university will be offering more than 100 degree programmes. Particular emphasis is placed on the high degree of interdisciplinary cooperation between programmes. Here, students are a special focal point at Chemnitz University of Technology. In the area of teaching, the preparation and implementation of system accreditation, an increase in successful graduation rates, and a simultaneous increase in graduations during the standard period of study are important fields of action. Assuring high quality of teaching and a strong anchoring of methodological competence within teaching also continue to stand in focus.
There is quite a bit contributing to the increasing appeal of Chemnitz as a place to study, work and live, such as the conversion of the “Alte Aktienspinnerei” (“Old Spinning Mill”) to a central university library, and the settlement of other university facilities along the “Chemnitz Model” tram route. As such, the university continues to change its face.
(Translation: Jeffrey Karnitz)
The Technische Universität Chemnitz at a Glance
This presentation from the TU Chemnitz includes general information about the university and its activities. It may be used as the basis for further presentations or on its own.