Technical University of Dresden
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Building bridges between science and industry, between different scientific disciplines as well as between university, society and political life is a central concern of TU Dresden.
Technische Universität Dresden dates back to the ”Technische Bildungsanstalt Dresden”, founded in 1828. TU Dresden thus ranks among the oldest technical-academic educational establishments in Germany. In the meantime it is also a strong research university. With some more than 35,000 students, it is now the largest university in Saxony. Committed to the natural sciences and engineering before the reunification of Germany, it has since developed into a full university through the foundation of additional new faculties in the humanities, social sciences and medicine.
The range of research opportunities and courses offered at the TUD is thus extremely diverse and quite unique in Germany. The university is international in character with students from a variety of different countries. The TUD offers over 100 individual courses of study and can point to excellent undergraduate and graduate programs with interdisciplinary work leading to highly respected degrees in a wide range of subjects. Exceptional results in interdisciplinary teaching and research are one of the most prominent features of the TUD. They are the outcome of the university's special commitment to creating an international and innovative place of studies, teaching and research. Core research at TU Dresden concentrates on the following interdisciplinary topics: regenerative medicine and molecular bioengineering, materials science, biomaterials and nanotechnology, information technology, population, infrastructure and transport, water, energy and environment, as well as social change, culture and education.
The proportion of international students here is more than 10 per cent. In the years following German reunification, TU Dresden has greatly extended its international cooperation agreements and established new contacts especially in Western Europe and North and South America. At the same time already existing close ties to Central and Eastern Europe were strengthened. We also have excellent contacts to East Asia, which can be seen in the high numbers of East Asian students. These make up some 20 per cent of all non-German students. In addition to the International Office, several student groups help to look after foreign students. One example is the ”LinkPartnerProgramm”, which sets up contacts between foreign and German students. The Erasmus Initiative of TU Dresden organises a weekly get-together, where students from all over the world can meet each other, as well as numerous cultural events such as walking tours of the city, excursions, brewery tours or rafting on the Elbe. Student Services in Dresden offers international students a service package. For a reasonable all-in price they can book a room in a hall of residence, bedding and crockery etc.
Living in Dresden
From a cultural and historical point of view, Dresden is an ideal city to study in. It is the capital of the Free State of Saxony, and has about 500,000 inhabitants. Over 40,000 students enjoy student life and the advantages of a modern city. World famous as Florence on the Elbe, it has unique architecture
and culture to offer, with the Semper Opera, the Zwinger and the reconstructed Frauenkirche church.
Tradition and the twenty-first century live side by side in Dresden. The State Art Collections with the famous Raphael painting ”the Sixtine Madonna”, the Semper Opera, and the State Theatre are all part of a long tradition. A lively modern art scene is represented by small experimental theatres, arts cinemas and a wealth of contemporary art galleries.
TU Dresden’s campus stretches over a wide area to the south of the city centre and is well served by public transport. There are 35 halls of residence. It is no problem to find a place in a hall of residence or on the open housing market. As well as sports such as football, swimming or tennis, the University Sports Centre offers climbing courses, either indoors or in the nearby Elbsandstein Mountains, also known as ”Saxon Switzerland”. It takes less than half an hour to get there. The Ore Mountains with their opportunities for winter sports are just as close. The world famous cities of Berlin and Prague are each a two-hour train ride away. According to manager-magazin (edition 12/05), Dresden offers the best quality of life in the whole of Europe. An advantage that students should not miss.
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