University of Chemnitz

The University of Chemnitz, is a public university in Chemnitz, Germany, with more than 9,000 students, it is the third largest university in the state of Saxony, founded in 1836 under the name Königliche Gewerbschule (Royal College of Commerce) and promoted to Technische Hochschule, a university of technology, in 1963, with nearly 1,500 employees in science, engineering and management, Chemnitz University of Technology is among the most important employers in the region.

Chemnitz University of Technology
Chemnitz University of Technology

Information about Chemnitz University

The scientific tradition in this field dates back to the sixteenth century when George Agricola (1494-1555), the famous German mineralogist, was the mayor of the city.  

The university originated from the Gewerbschule School (School of Commerce) founded in 1836.

A year later, Baugewerkenschule (School of Construction Crafting) became a subsidiary of the Königliche Gewerbschule School (Royal Trade School), which was followed by the Königliche Werkmeisterschule (Property) School for Professional Craftsmen.

1855 The Fabrikzeichenschule (Factory Mark School) in Chemnitz belonged to the Gewerbeschule at the time of its founding, but separated from Gewerbschule for budgetary reasons in 1858.

These four schools were present side by side, and were united by their principal.

In 1878, these schools were officially unified into the Kasse der Technischen Staatslehranstalten (Office of Institutions of Technical Education).

The Gewerbeschule School in particular, renamed Gewerbeakademie in 1900 and Staatliche Akademie für Technik (State Academy of Technology) in 1929, received great recognition in Germany and a special place among technical colleges and technical schools.

Specializations of Chemnitz University

The university is organized into the following eight faculties:

  • Faculty of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Faculty of Mathematics
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Chemnitz University Library

The library of Chemnitz University of Technology has been located in the Alte Aktienspinnerei building since October 1, 2020.

  • The historic building, now a protected monument, was built in the historic eclectic architectural style around 1858 and today houses a stock of approximately £1.2 million.
  • Architect Friedrich Theodore Rosheig designed the entire building from iron and stone due to the fire hazards posed by wood.
  • At the time, the building was one of the most fire-resistant in Chemnitz.
  • With 60.000 spindles it was the largest yarn mill in Saxony, at the beginning of the twentieth century, the spinning mill left the building because it became too small to produce the amount of yarn.
  • During World War II the building was badly damaged and the upper floor was lost.
  • After the war, the building received a relief roof and saw various uses during the period of the GDR and after the fall of the Berlin Wall: among other things, as a department store, a puppet theater, a municipal library, the construction of offices and, after the turn of the millennium, as an art gallery, after which the building became empty.
  • In 2012, a European competition was launched to transform the Alte Aktienspinnerei, which included the requirements to return the building to its original shape and leave the industrial building pattern behind.  
  • On 31 January 2013, the jury, chaired by Paul Calveldt, decided to place the project of the bidding union Lungwitz, Heine, Mildner (Dresden) and Rabe (Berlin) in first place.
  • The rationale stated: "Honest and sensitive participation in the fabric and expansion of the historic building is very successful.
  • The consistent and timeless formula continues in both the interior and façade.
  • The fabric of the historic building is used optimally and there is a clear separation between individual workspaces and group rooms, the use is estimated by placing reading rooms in the middle.

University of Chemnitz Rankings

Chemnitz University of Technology has a large number of international students in the winter semester, out of 10,482 students, 2,712 were foreign students, equivalent to about 25%.

Chemnitz University of Technology ranks first in the field of research in the field of efficient production in terms of resources and lightweight structures.


Chemnitz University is home to nearly 11,000 students from about 100 countries.

With a high percentage of international students, Chemnitz University of Technology is Germany's most international university in Saxony and enjoys a leading position nationally among public universities.

Advantages of Chemnitz University

With nearly 2,300 employees in science, technology and management, the university is also an important catalyst in the region, seeing itself as an engine of innovation to address tomorrow's major problems.

In the context of global changes and new demographics, global, sustainable, interdisciplinary and beneficial solutions are needed for our society.

To this end, Chemnitz University of Technology has defined its three core competencies in research and teaching as follows: intelligent materials and systems, efficient production in terms of resources and lightweight structures, and people and technology.

In the field of intelligent materials and systems, the university focuses on the research and development of innovative materials and materials systems as well as new integration technologies, for example in the construction of vehicles, renewable energy technologies and medical technologies.

In addition, the University has opened the Center for the Integration of Materials, Installations and Nanomembranes (MAIN), which is unique in Europe, and was funded with €34.3 million in federal and government funding.

Work on these core skills is supported by the Federal Center of Excellence "Multifunctional Technologies for Light Structures" (MERGE).

Funded by around €40 million, this group is the only group in Germany engaged in lightweight forward-looking construction.

The university is characterized by interdisciplinary collaboration, and this can also be seen in the core competencies of individuals and technology, two examples of which are the Human Interdisciplinary Virtual Competence Center and CrossWorlds: a graduate training program for virtual worlds and social reality.

Excellent conditions are provided for young scientists for promotion and career development through junior research groups along with non-university research institutions as well as university affiliated institutes, city leaders and business partners.

The University offers ideal conditions that combine practice-oriented education with basic research geared towards the application of research.

The university's SAXEED startup network provides good starting conditions for the transition from runway to standalone work, with this support since its inception in 2006, more than 150 projects have been launched.

Including 45 technologically oriented companies with high growth potential, this contributes significantly to the university's reputation as one of the best startups in Germany.

The University is also an important catalyst for the cultural and social development of the city and the region.

Chemnitz University Research

The University has focused its research on six main areas:

  • Manufacturing life cycle.
  • Microelectronics and microelectromechanical systems.
  • Development of systems and applications.
  • Communications, media and technology.
  • Modeling, simulation and high-performance computing.

One of the main research areas of "energy-efficient production processes" is the federal excellence group "Integration of Multifunctional Lightweight Structure Technologies" (MERGE).  

With funding of €34 million, this is the only complex in Germany focused on the field of lighting engineering.

The fertile ground for this gathering was prepared by the Saxon State Excellence Group "Energy-Saving Product Innovations and Processes in Production Engineering" (eniPROD), which was jointly established with the Fraunhofer Institute of Machinery – Tools and Forming Technology.

These initiatives are complemented by other areas of collaborative research funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Foundation (DFG), which develops smart materials and energy-efficient production technologies.

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