Technical University of Braunschweig

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Technische Universität Braunschweig
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Siegel TU Braunschweig transparent.svg
Former names
Collegium Carolinum
Budget 335 million[1]
PresidentAnke Kaysser-Pyzalla [de]
Academic staff
about 241[2]
Administrative staff
Location, ,
52°16′25″N 10°31′47″E / 52.27361°N 10.52972°E / 52.27361; 10.52972
AffiliationsTU9, CESAER, PEGASUS

The Technische Universität Braunschweig (unofficially University of Braunschweig – Institute of Technology), commonly referred to as TU Braunschweig, 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[5] 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. Research is conducted in close collaboration with external organizations such as the German Aerospace Center, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, several Fraunhofer Institutes, and Germany's national metrology institute (PTB), among many others. As one of very few research institutions of its type in the world, the university has its own research airport.


Its complete name is Technische Universität Braunschweig. Translating the name into English is discouraged by the university, but its preferred translation is University of Braunschweig - Institute of Technology or its short form Braunschweig Institute of Technology.[6] 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 faculties with different degree programmes and specialisations.

Faculties and departments[edit]

The university has six faculties (German: Fakultäten).[7] 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 and Environmental Science
  • 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 CEOs of SAP, Metro Group, and Henkel (Henning Kagermann, Erwin Conradi, and Konrad Henkel), BMW CEO Harald Krüger, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume, and 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.


  1. ^ "Zahlenspiegel 2018" (PDF) (in German). Technische Universität Braunschweig. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  2. ^ "Zahlenspiegel" (PDF) (in German). Technische Universität Braunschweig. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  3. ^ a b "TU in Zahlen". Technische Universität Braunschweig (in German). Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  4. ^ "TU in Zahlen 2018" (PDF) (in German). Technische Universität Braunschweig. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  5. ^ Named after its founder Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.
  6. ^ PR Technische Universität Braunschweig. "English translation" (in German). Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
  7. ^ "Departments @ TU Braunschweig". TU Braunschweig. Retrieved 2017-09-13.

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