University of Kaiserslautern

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Technical University of Kaiserslautern
Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Seal of University of Kaiserslautern
Type Public
Established 1970
Endowment 152.6m € (2015/16)
(56.1m € Third-party funds) (2015/16)[1]
Chancellor Stefan Lorenz
President Helmut J. Schmidt
Academic staff
196 (Professors),
798 (researchers) – WS 2015/16 [1]
Administrative staff
233 (non-academic) – WS2015/16[1]
Students 14.226 (WS2015/16)[1]
Location Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Nickname TU Kaiserslautern, TU-KL

The Technical University of Kaiserslautern (German Technische Universität Kaiserslautern or simply TU Kaiserslautern) is a research university in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

The University of Kaiserslautern has gained international reputation in research and teaching. It has a distinguished reputation in the fields of mathematics and computer science. In addition, students and (young) scientists benefit from the numerous internationally renowned research institutions, including three Fraunhofer Institutes ( IESE, ITWM, and IPM), the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) , the Institute for composite materials (IVW), the Institute for technology and work (ITA), the Institute of biotechnology and drug research (IBWF) and the Institute for surface and Thin film analysis (IFOS), all of which cooperate closely with the university for applied research.[2]

TU Kaiserslautern is organized into 12 faculties. Approximately 14,200 students are enrolled at the moment. [3]

Powered by the university, the city of Kaiserslautern (often referred to as Silicon Woods) has become a famous IT-hub of Europe, and is the birth place of many important IT companies.[4]


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 the faculties in Mathematics, Physics and Technology. In 1972 the set-up of the faculties 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 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 following 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.


Administration building


These are the 12 faculties in which the university is divided:[5]

Research fields[edit]

Main fields of research in the university are:

  • Active substances for the future
  • Ambient intelligence
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Innovative lightweight construction
  • Materials for micro and nanosystems (MINAS)
  • Mathematics and implementation
  • Optical technologies and laser-induced processes
  • Mobile Radio Communication
  • Autonomous Robots
  • Embedded Systems

Research institutes and centres[edit]

There are many research institutes and centres associated with the university:

Degree programmes taught in English[edit]

The university offers the following English-language degree programmes:


  • M.Sc. Molecular Cell Biology and Neurobiology (CellNeuro)
  • M.Sc. Microbial and Plant Biotechnology (MPBiotec)
  • M.Sc. Ecology, Evolution and Microbial Diversity (EcoEvoDiv)

Electrical and Computer Engineering[edit]

  • Master's degree (M.Sc). Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • European Master's Programme in Embedded Computing Systems (EMECS)


  • M.Sc. Mathematics International
  • M.Sc. Technomathematics
  • M.Sc. Mathematics
  • M.Sc. Economathematics

Computer Sciences[edit]

  • M.Sc. Computer Sciences
  • M.Sc. Applied Computer Sciences
  • European Master in Software Engineering (EMSE)
  • M.Eng. in Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Distance programme)


  • M.Sc. Commercial Vehicles Technology

PhD programmes taught in English[edit]

  • Mathematics in Industry and Commerce
  • Computer Science

Graduate schools[edit]

  • Mathematics as a Key Technology
  • Commercial Vehicle Technology
  • Klaus Tschira Graduate School on the Architecture of Highly Reliable Software Systems
  • Strongly Correlated Quantum Systems (MATCOR)
  • Condensed Matter Systems with Variable Many-Body Interactions

Doctoral research training groups taught in English[edit]

  • Mathematics and Practice
  • Engineering Materials at Multiple Scales
  • Molecular, physiological and pharmacological analysis of cellular membrane transport
  • Nonlinear Optics and Ultrafast Physics
  • Visualization of Large and Unstructured Data Sets
  • Engineering Materials and Processes
  • Dependable Adaptive Systems and Mathematical Modeling (DASMOD)

Sports facilities[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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
  • AG-Auslandskontakte – international exchange programs of the University of Kaiserslautern
  • 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.


  1. ^ a b c d "Zahhlen und Fakten" (PDF). Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ Institutes and Research Centres
  3. ^ TU Kaiserslautern
  4. ^ Silicon Woods
  5. ^ "Departments". - TU Kaiserslautern. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°25′26″N 7°45′11″E / 49.42389°N 7.75306°E / 49.42389; 7.75306