University of Kaiserslautern
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Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
|Budget||€ 208.7 million|
|President||Helmut J. Schmidt|
The University of Kaiserslautern (German: Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, abbreviated TU Kaiserslautern or simply TUK) is a public research university in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Students and early career scientists benefit from the numerous research institutions, including two Fraunhofer Institutes (IESE and ITWM), the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI SWS), the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Institute for Composite Materials (IVW) and the Institute for Surface and Thin Film Analysis (IFOS), all of which cooperate closely with the university.
TU Kaiserslautern is organized into 12 faculties. Approximately 14,500 students are enrolled at the moment.
The University of Kaiserslautern was founded on July 13, 1970. Earlier it was part of the twin University Trier/Kaiserslautern. In the winter semester 1970/1971 student and scientific activities started with the matriculation of 191 new students in the Faculties of Mathematics, Physics and Technology. In 1972 the set-up of the Faculties of Chemistry and Biology gave a boost to the extension of a scientifically specialized structure. At the same time the Faculty of Technology was split into the Faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Electrotechnology, Architecture/Regional and Environmental Planning/Educational Sciences.
The university became independent after the separation from its partner University of Trier in 1975. The Faculties, which were established successively, continuously strengthened the university's scientific character: Electrotechnology (1975), later Electrical and Computer Engineering (1999), Computer Science (1975), Engineering (1975), later Mechanical and Process Engineering (1995), Architecture/Regional and Environmental Planning/Civil Engineering (1978–1979) and Social and Economic Studies (1985). The official name of the University is Technische Universität Kaiserslautern according to the new law on Higher Education of the Land Rhineland Palatinate which came into force on September 1, 2003.
These are the 12 faculties in which the university is divided:
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Computer Sciences
- Mechanical and Process Engineering
- Regional and Environmental Planning
- Social Sciences
- Business Studies and Economics
The integration of engineering and natural sciences is one of TU Kaiserslautern's main objectives in order to sustainably strengthen the university's long term position in the German and international research communities. Two research centers and several research units represent TU Kaiserslautern strongholds in research:
- (CM)² – Center for Mathematical and Computational Modelling 
- State Research Center for Optics and Material Sciences (OPTIMAS)
- AME – Advanced Materials Engineering 
- AmSys – Ambient Systems 
- BioComp – Complex Data Analysis in Life and Biotechnology 
- Nanostructured Catalysts 
- HiPerCon – High Performance Composite Constructions 
- ZNT – Center for Commercial Vehicle TechnologyMain fields of research in the university 
The university has a Sports Hall in building 28 which includes facilities for badminton, gym, table tennis, etc. Running, hockey, basketball and football can be played in the accompanying sports grounds.
Associations and student initiatives
- Kaiserslautern Racing Team (KaRaT) e.V. – Formula Student team
- Referat für Ausländer des AStA der TU Kaiserslautern – student government and service bureau for international students
- AEGEE-Kaiserslautern – local group of the European Students' Forum, fostering intercultural exchange and cross-border communication and striving for European integration
- STEP e.V. – a non-profit organization to support foreign exchange of the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics
- EMECS-thon – an embedded systems marathon open to all students from EMECS consortial universities and partner universities, where the participating teams have 48 hours to develop an embedded systems project from scratch. The event is carried out simultaneously in the universities of the EMECS consortium, as well as in several partner universities each year.
- "Zahlen und Fakten" (PDF). Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 24, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
- Institutes and Research Centres
- TU Kaiserslautern
- "Departments". - TU Kaiserslautern. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
- - Center for Mathematical and Computational Modelling/
- AME - Advanced Materials Engineering
- AmSys - Ambient Systems
- BioComp – Complex Data Analysis in Life and Biotechnology
- Nanokat - Nanostructured Catalysts
- ZNT – Center for Commercial Vehicle TechnologyMain fields of research in the university