The Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt is one of Germany’s leading technical universities. Its around 270 professors, 4,000 employees and 23,000 students devote their talents and best efforts to the significant future research fields energy, mobility, communications and information technologies, housing and living conditions. The wide variety of disciplines represented are all focused on technology, as viewed from the vantage point of engineering, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences, and cover the full range of academic endeavor, from the origination of basic concepts to practical, everyday applications.
The TU Darmstadt is Germany’s first autonomous university and has a state-funded budget of 270 million Euros (2010, incl. building funds). Its capacity for innovation is evidenced inter alia by the steady growth in annual funding received from outside sources. The 139 million Euros contributed by industry, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the European Union for 2010 make it one of Germany’s leading academic recipients of outside funding. In renowned rankings by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, and the Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung, as well as polls of the personnel directors of major corporations, it has consistently corroborated its leadership in research, academic excellence, and its qualification of graduates for top jobs and successful careers.