Clausthal University of Technology

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Clausthal University of Technology
Technische Universität Clausthal
TU Clausthal seal.gif
TU Clausthal historic seal
Established1775; 246 years ago (1775)
Budget€ 122.2 million (2019)
RectorJoachim Schachtner
Academic staff
Administrative staff
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Colours  Green

The Clausthal University of Technology (German: Technische Universität Clausthal, also referred to as TU Clausthal or TUC) is an institute of technology (Technische Universität) in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Lower Saxony, Germany. The small public university is regularly ranked among the Top German universities in engineering by CHE University Rankings.[2] More than 30 % of students and 20 % of academic staff come from abroad, making it one of the most international universities in Germany.[3] The university is best known for the prominent corporate leaders among its former students. In 2011, five of the 30 leading companies within the German stock index had alumni of TUC on their management board. Two of them as CEO.[4] [5] [6] [7] [8]


The academy of the local Hanoverian mining authority was established in 1775 at Clausthal in the Harz mountain range with its centuries-long history of mining in the Upper Harz (most notably at the Rammelsberg). Initially a school for pitmen and smelter workers, it was raised to the status of a mining college by the Westphalian minister Count Hans von Bülow in 1810. In 1864, at the behest of King George V of Hanover, the spin-off of a mining academy (Bergakademie) was founded.

Both institutions remained under joint administration after the annexation of the Kingdom of Hanover by Prussia in 1866, until in 1906 the academy was separated as an autonomous educational establishment directly subordinate to the Prussian government represented by a curator. It was one of only two mining academies in Prussia, the other being the mining college in Berlin established in 1770, a predecessor of the Berlin Institute of Technology.

After World War II, the academy passed under the authority of the West German state of Lower Saxony, it was renamed Technische Hochschule in 1966 and Technische Universität in 1968.



The Faculty of Natural and Materials Sciences
  • Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
  • Institute of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Institute of Metallurgy
  • Institute of Non-Metallic Materials
  • Institute of Organic Chemistry
  • Institute of Physical Chemistry
  • Institute of Physics and Physical Technologies
  • Institute of Polymer Materials and Plastics Engineering
  • Institute of Technical Chemistry
  • Institute of Theoretical Physics
  • Laser Application Centre
Institute of Mining
The Faculty of Energy and Economic Sciences
  • Institute of Electrical Power Engineering and Energy Systems
  • Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Fuel Technology
  • Institute of Environmental Sciences
  • Institute of Geology and Paleontology
  • Institute of Geophysics
  • Institute of Geotechnical Engineering and Mine Surveying
  • Institute of German and International Mining and Energy Law
  • Institute of Management and Economics
  • Institute of Mineral and Waste Processing, Waste Disposal and Geomechanics
  • Institute of Mineralogy and Mineral Resources
  • Institute of Mining
  • Institute of Petroleum Engineering
Students' hostel
The Faculty of Mathematics/Computer Sciences and Engineering
  • Institute of Applied Mechanics
  • Institute of Chemical and Electrochemical Process Engineering
  • Institute of Computer Sciences
  • Institute of Electrical Information Technology
  • Institute of Mass Transfer
  • Institute of Mathematics
  • Institute of Mechanical Engineering
  • Institute of Particle Technology
  • Institute of Plant Engineering and Fatigue Analysis
  • Institute of Process and Production Control Technology
  • Institute of Tribology and Energy Conversion Machinery
  • Institute of Welding and Machining

The Interdisciplinary Research Facilities
  • Centre for Information Technology
  • Centre for Polymers
  • Centre for Simulation Technology
  • DFG Research Centre "Fertigen in Feinblech"
  • European Graduate School "Microstructural Control in Free-Radical Polymerization"
  • Forum Clausthal
  • Laser Application Centre



The CHE-Ranking is the most comprehensive and most detailed university ranking in the German-speaking countries.[10] It is published annually since 2005 by DIE ZEIT. Clausthal is placed regularly among the top universities in the majority of its engineering and sciences programs.

German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche researched the universities with the most alumni at the top of DAX-corporations. Clausthal was placed 5th, however in relation to the size of the student body, TUC came in first. [12]

Unique features[edit]

TU Clausthal consistently has a very high percentage of international students, ranging from 25 % to 38 % over the last decade.[14] The largest group of foreign nationals comes from the People's Republic of China (PRC), making up between 12 % and 20 % of total students. TUC has the highest percentage of Chinese students in Germany.

The popularity of TUC among Chinese nationals is derived from its reputation as one of the three "ABC-Universities". The abbreviation stands for Aachen, Berlin, and Clausthal and refers to RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin and TU Clausthal. In China, these three Universities are regarded as Germany's leading Universities of Technology.[15] [16] [17] Clausthal's reputation in China was further enhanced when former alumnus Wan Gang became the Chinese Minister for Science and Technology. Since 2007, Wan Gang coordinates the science and technology activities in all of China.[18]

As a former mining academy, TU Clausthal is one of three universities in Germany (besides TU Freiberg and RWTH Aachen) that offers study programs in the fields of metals, mining, and petroleum engineering. In this regard, TUC was referred to as the "most renowned university for metallurgy" by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.[19]

In relative terms, TU Clausthal is among the universities with the most alumni on the management boards of German blue chip corporations.[20] Most recently, this included companies like RWE,[21] ThyssenKrupp,[22] K+S,[23] HeidelbergCement,[24] Aurubis,[25] ENRC[26] and Jungheinrich.[27]

Notable faculty and alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "University in figures 2016". Technische Universität Clausthal. Archived from the original on 2018-07-27. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  2. ^ DIE ZEIT - CHE Ranking (German, Retrieved May 13, 2012 (German)]
  3. ^ International Center Clausthal - Student Information, Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  4. ^ Jürgen Großmann - CEO of RWE AG, Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  5. ^ Ekkehard D. Schulz - Former CEO of ThyssenKrupp AG Archived 2010-11-04 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  6. ^ Gerd Grimmig - member of the Board of Executive Directors of K+S AG, Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  7. ^ Klaus-Dieter Maubach - Member of the Board of Management at E.ON AG Archived 2012-06-11 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  8. ^ Albert Scheuer - Member of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement AG, Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  9. ^ DIE ZEIT - CHE Ranking (German), Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  10. ^ CHE Ranking explained, Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  11. ^ Wirtschaftswoche: Elite Universities – The universities of the DAX bosses (German), Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  12. ^ Clausthal Alumni and Corporate Germany (German) Archived 2013-06-17 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  13. ^ Junge Karriere: University Ranking 2008, retrieved 11 May 2012]
  14. ^ Technische Universität Clausthal, Hochschulstatistik 2010, Retrieved May 12, 2012
  15. ^ DIE ZEIT - Von Kanton nach Clausthal, Retrieved May 12, 2012
  16. ^ TAZ -Von Fernost in den Westharz, Retrieved May 12, 2012
  17. ^ Wirtschaftswoche - Ansturm auf den Harz, Hochschulstatistik 2010, Retrieved May 12, 2012
  18. ^ Interview mit Michael Hou, Chinabeauftragten der TU Clausthal, Hochschulstatistik 2010, Retrieved May 12, 2012
  19. ^ Frankfurter Allgemeine - Stahlindustrie, Retrieved May 12, 2012
  20. ^ Clausthal's alumni in Corporate Germany (German) Archived 2013-06-17 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved May 12, 2012
  21. ^ Jürgen Großmann, CEO of RWE AG (German) Archived 2012-05-21 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved May 12, 2012
  22. ^ Ekkehard Schulz, former CEO of ThyssenKrupp AG (German) Archived 2012-04-29 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved May 12, 2012
  23. ^ Gerd Grimmig, Executive board of Kali und Salz AG (German) Archived 2012-10-18 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved May 12, 2012
  24. ^ Albert Scheuer, Executive board of HeidelbergCement AG (German) Archived 2013-07-03 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved May 12, 2012
  25. ^ Peter Willbrandt becomes new CEO of Aurubis (German) Archived 2012-04-23 at the Wayback Machine, Retrieved May 12, 2012
  26. ^ Handelsblatt - JOHANNES SITTARD (German), Retrieved May 12, 2012
  27. ^ Dr. Klaus-Dieter becomes head of technology at Jungheinrich AG (German), Retrieved May 12, 2012

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Coordinates: 51°48′17″N 10°20′04″E / 51.80472°N 10.33444°E / 51.80472; 10.33444