Teaching Profile

Excellence at TU Darmstadt

High quality teaching

In its Principles of Study and Teaching, TU Darmstadt underscores the significance of academic excellence and personality orientation, its culture of openness and the ‘studyability’ of its courses. It regularly honours good teaching with generously endowed awards (Athene Award for Good Teaching, E-Teaching Award).

Digital Media in Teaching

TU Darmstadt is one of the group of German universities that makes comprehensive and exemplary use of digital media in teaching (e-learning at TU Darmstadt).

Quality Assurance and Development

Teaching at TU Darmstadt is subject to a comprehensive internal and external quality assurance and development programme, ranging from the introduction of new courses and their operation to their overall evaluation and continuous development. All courses have been externally accredited.

Project Weeks for First Time Engineering Students

TU Darmstadt has a pioneering programme to introduce engineering students to typical engineering activities in project teams by presenting them with demanding tasks from the very first semester. This gives students authentic experience of the diversity of later careers.

Competence development by interdisciplinary networking
Competence development by interdisciplinary networking

Interdisciplinary Study Projects

This successful approach is becoming routine practice at TU Darmstadt: on all Bachelor’s courses, students from various specialist cultures form teams to work on a complex set of tasks for one week at a time. They learn about the methodology of their own field as well as the profiles of other disciplines, take responsibility and train their communication and team skills.

The project is a basic component of the concept of “Competence Development by ab initio Interdisciplinary Networking” (KIVA), which earned TU Darmstadt a project award in the 2011 nationwide competition, “Quality in Teaching Pact”. The concept aims to intensify interdisciplinary networking in teaching, to increase student commitment from the beginning of their university careers, and, in the long run, to encourage more young people to study the MINT disciplines (Mathematics, Information Technology, Natural Sciences, Technology).