University of Stuttgart

Coordinates: 48°46′54″N 9°10′31″E / 48.78167°N 9.17528°E / 48.78167; 9.17528
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University of Stuttgart
Universität Stuttgart
Former names
Technische Hochschule Stuttgart
Established1829; 195 years ago (1829)
Budget€420 million[1]
ChancellorAnna Steiger[2]
PresidentWolfram Ressel
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,

48°46′54″N 9°10′31″E / 48.78167°N 9.17528°E / 48.78167; 9.17528
ColorsAnthracite, Dark Blue ("Mittelblau") & Light Blue
AffiliationsGerman Universities Excellence Initiative

The University of Stuttgart (German: Universität Stuttgart) is a research university located in Stuttgart, Germany. It was founded in 1829 and is organized into 10 faculties. It is one of the oldest technical universities in Germany with programs in civil, mechanical, industrial and electrical engineering, among others. It is a member of TU9, an incorporated society of the largest and most notable German institutes of technology.


Technische Hochschule Stuttgart 1929, art deco cast iron plaque medal to the 100th anniversary

From 1770 to 1794, the Karlsschule was the first university in Stuttgart. The University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart-Hohenheim, founded in 1818 and Stuttgart's oldest still existing university, is not related to the University of Stuttgart, except for some joint activities.

What is now the University of Stuttgart was founded in 1829, and celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2004. Because of the increasing importance of the technical sciences and instruction in these fields, from 1876 the university was known as the Technische Hochschule Stuttgart (Stuttgart Institute of Technology). In 1900 it was awarded the right to grant doctoral degrees in the technical disciplines. The development of the courses of study at the Technische Hochschule Stuttgart led to its renaming in 1967 to the present-day "Universität Stuttgart". With this change of name came along a built-up of new fields, such as history of science and technology and the social sciences, and the extension of existing ones, such as history and art history.

Since the end of the 1950s, a part of the university has been located in the suburb of Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Most technical subjects (computer science, engineering, etc.) are located in Vaihingen, while the humanities, the social sciences, architecture, and similar topics are still located in the city center campus.[5] The university hosts many national and international research institutes, and collaborates with partners such as Fraunhofer, German Aerospace Center, among others. The university is also founding member of the Startup Autobahn as well as Arena2036, the flexible research factory.


The university is divided into 10 faculties:[6]

Ranking and reputation[edit]

University rankings
Overall – Global & National
QS World 2024[7] 312 19
THE World 2024[8] 251-300 25-31
ARWU World 2023[9] 301-400 20-24
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By subject – Global & National
QS Engineering and Technology 2023[10] 167 6
THE Engineering 2023[11] 101-125 5-7
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The University of Stuttgart is globally and nationally recognized in several prominent university rankings. According to the QS World University Rankings of 2024, it was ranked 312th worldwide and 19th within Germany.[7] As for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, in 2024, the institution landed within the 251-300 band globally and was situated between the 25th and 31st positions nationally.[8] The Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as ARWU, positioned the University of Stuttgart between the 301-400 range globally and between 20th and 24th in the national ranking for the year 2023.[9]

In the field of Engineering and Technology, the university was ranked 167th worldwide and 6th within Germany according to the 2023 QS World University Rankings.[10] In the same year, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Engineering positioned the institution within the 101-125 range globally, and between the 5th and 7th spots nationally.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Zahlen & Fakten". Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Kanzlerin". Universität Stuttgart. Retrieved 4 December 2023.
  3. ^ "Übersicht über die Zahl der Studierenden im Wintersemester 2016/2017" (PDF). 6 March 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b c [bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ "University | University of Stuttgart". Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Faculties & Institutes". Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  7. ^ a b "QS World University Rankings 2024". QS World University Rankings. Retrieved 16 July 2023.
  8. ^ a b "World University Rankings 2024". Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 27 September 2023. Retrieved 27 September 2023.
  9. ^ a b "2023 Academic Ranking of World Universities". Academic Ranking of World Universities. Retrieved 15 August 2023.
  10. ^ a b "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023". QS World University Rankings. 23 March 2023.
  11. ^ a b "World University Rankings by subject". Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Retrieved 16 July 2023.

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