Since its foundation in 1877, TU Darmstadt has been characterized by a special pioneering spirit. It is part of our self-image to continuously continue this tradition of innovation. Through outstanding achievements in research, teaching and transfer, we open up important scientific fields of the future and continually open up new opportunities for shaping society. This makes TU Darmstadt one of the leading technical universities in Germany with high international visibility and reputation.

While engineering and natural sciences are the main focus at TU Darmstadt, they cooperate closely with the prominent disciplines of humanities and social sciences. We bring these diverse academic cultures together in one distinctive profile which we continue to develop dynamically. We are renowned worldwide for our outstanding research in the highly relevant profile areas in which we specialise.

TU Darmstadt enters into partnerships on an equal footing with universities, research institutes and companies both in Germany and abroad in order to combine the outstanding expertise offered by all partners for the pursuit of a common goal. Our intensive transfer of knowledge is a decisive driver of industry and innovative strength in the Frankfurt-Rhine-Main metropolitan region. Through strategic collaborations and close relationships with society, we promote this region as an internationally renowned research area. Our Innovation and Start-up Centre promotes the entrepreneurial culture and allows ideas to successfully mature into start-ups. And TU Darmstadt has always been firmly anchored and inextricably linked to the City of Science Darmstadt.

Just as our cutting edge research has received numerous awards in competitions, our teaching has also been recognised for its innovative approach. Degree courses at TU Darmstadt focus very heavily on research, while at the same time preparing students for the requirements expected of them in the workplace. Our students become creative, discerning and open-minded as they complete their studies within a highly international network. In this way, we give them the qualifications they require for taking on demanding roles in the worlds of academia and business. A degree obtained at TU Darmstadt is a sign of quality and opens up ideal career opportunities. Our graduates are held in high esteem by companies.

At TU Darmstadt, young academics are offered a stimulating and exceptionally supportive environment for completing their doctorate or other academic qualifications. The university supports individual development and self-sufficiency as part of a clearly structured, reliable career path. The cooperative culture at TU Darmstadt is shaped by international teams, close interaction with partners outside of the university environment and our active interdisciplinary approach.

Due to its autonomous status and size, TU Darmstadt is able to remain particularly flexible and quickly take decisions, which allows it to develop the prerequisites for achieving performance at the highest level.

Alliances and networks – a selection

TU Darmstadt strengthens its position through strategic cooperation and networking with other universities in Germany and abroad.

Picture: Jan-Christoph Hartung

Our international profile

TU Darmstadt stands for cosmopolitanism and international orientation in study, teaching and research. It cooperates internationally at all levels – whether in research projects, student exchanges or partnerships.

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Facts and Figures

Academic Affairs (status: winter semester 2019/20 or graduation in 2019)

  • 113 degree programmes
  • 25.170 students (of which are 32% women and 19% foreign students)
  • 4.118 graduates (of which are 31% women and 15% foreign graduates)
  • 431 doctorates awarded (of which are 24% women and 19% foreign doctoral candidates)

Research (status: October 2020)

  • 12 Collaborative Research Centres and SFB/Transregio of the German Research Foundation
  • 1 LOEWE Research Centre and 11 LOEWE Research Clusters (incl. participations)
  • 4 DFG Graduate Schools

Staff (status: 2019)

  • 312 professors (of which 64 are female)
  • 2.617 academic employees (of which 687 are female)
  • 1.914 non-academic employees (of which 1.156 are female)
  • 148 trainees (of which 38 are female)

Budget (status: 2019)

  • 254.9 million euro basic funds from the State of Hesse (excl. LOEWE)
  • 24.3 million euro from Bund-Länder-Hochschulpakt (Phase II)
  • 8.8 million euro other funds
  • 165.2 million euro third-party funds (incl. LOEWE)

Campus (status: 2019)

  • 5 locations
  • 165 buildings
  • approx. 309.000 square metres of usable space

Alumni at TU Darmstadt

Everyone who once studied, worked, researched or taught at the university and who keeps TU in good memory: We would be happy to stay in touch with you.

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