Braunschweig University of Technology

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Braunschweig University of Technology
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Siegel TU Braunschweig transparent.svg
Former names
Collegium Carolinum
Type Public
Established 1745
Budget 328 million[1]
President Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla[de]
Academic staff
2,160[2]
Administrative staff
1,458[2]
Students 20,029[3]
Location Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany
52°16′25″N 10°31′47″E / 52.27361°N 10.52972°E / 52.27361; 10.52972
Affiliations TU9, CESAER, PEGASUS
Website tu-braunschweig.de

The TU Braunschweig (English: "University of Brunswick – Institute of Technology") is the oldest Technische Universität[de] (comparable to an institute of technology in the American system) in Germany. It was founded in 1745 as Collegium Carolinum[4] and is a member of TU9, an incorporated society of the most renowned and largest German institutes of technology. It is commonly ranked among the top universities for engineering in Germany. Today it has about 20,000 students, making it the third largest university in Lower Saxony after the University of Göttingen and the University of Hanover. TU Braunschweig’s research profile is very interdisciplinary but with a focus on aeronautics, vehicle engineering including autonomous driving and electric mobility, manufacturing, Life Sciences and Metrology. The research is conducted in close collaboration to external organizations such as the German Aerospace Center, Helmholtz Centre for Infection research, several Fraunhofer Institutes or Germanys national metrology institute (PTB) among many others. As one of very few research institutions in the world, the University has its own research airport.

Name[edit]

Its complete name is Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig. Translating the name into English is discouraged by the university, but proposed translations are University of Braunschweig - Institute of Technology or Braunschweig Institute of Technology[5] (and University of Brunswick - Institute of Technology or Brunswick Institute of Technology if translating completely into English). While the word "technology" in its name implies a focus on science and engineering, it is still a university in the sense that it represents a wide range of subjects. It is subdivided into six schools with different degree programmes and specialisations.

Faculties and departments[edit]

The university has six faculties (German: Fakultäten), which it also refers to as "departments" in English.[6] Some faculties are divided further into departments (German: Departments). All faculties are additionally divided into numerous institutes.

  • Carl Friedrich Gauß Faculty
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Computer Science
    • Department of Business Administration and Economics
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Sciences
    • Department of Architecture
    • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Physics
  • Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences

Governmental testing and certification work[edit]

Commonly known in Germany, and particularly in the field of passive fire protection, as "TU Braunschweig", its iBMB Institute has been accredited by the German Institute for Building Technology (Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik) and has, for decades, performed public testing for the purpose of establishing fire-resistance ratings of products and systems for manufacturers. iBMB also assists the DIBt in third-party vendor inspections (product certification) and quality control testing, in an effort to maintain DIBt approvals. iBMB was also instrumental in leading the Eureka project, which has become a guideline for building codes and regulations governing fire protection measures for traffic tunnels.

Notable people[edit]

Current and former members of the TU Braunschweig include the mathematicians Carl Friedrich Gauss and Richard Dedekind, Nobel Laureates Klaus von Klitzing, Manfred Eigen and Georg Wittig, aerospace engineer Adolf Busemann, the former CEO's of SAP, Metro Group and Henkel (Henning Kagermann, Erwin Conradi and Konrad Henkel), BMW-CEO Harald Krüger, Porsche-CEO Oliver Blume as well as truck engineer and entrepreneur Heinrich Büssing of Büssing AG, engineer and founder of Claas KGaA mbH August Claas and world-renowned architect Meinhard von Gerkan.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Zahlenspiegel 2015" (PDF) (in German). Technische Universität Braunschweig. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter der TU Braunschweig (Kopfzahlen)" (PDF). Technische Universität Braunschweig (in German). Retrieved 2017-06-10. 
  3. ^ "TU in Zahlen" (in German). Technische Universität Braunschweig. Retrieved 2017-06-10. 
  4. ^ Named after its founder Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.
  5. ^ PR Technische Universität Braunschweig. "English translation" (in German). 
  6. ^ "Departments @ TU Braunschweig". TU Braunschweig. Retrieved 2017-09-13. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°16′25″N 10°31′47″E / 52.27361°N 10.52972°E / 52.27361; 10.52972