The TU Dresden is one of eleven German universities that were identified by the German government as an ‘excellence university’. TUD has about 32.389 students, 4.559 publicly funded staff members – among them over 500 professors – and approximately 3.682 externally funded staff members, and, thus, is the largest university in Saxony, today. TU Dresden is strong in research and provides first-rate programmes with an overwhelming diversity, with close ties to culture, industry and society. Having been committed to sciences and the engineering before the reunification of Germany, TU Dresden now is a multi-discipline university, also offering humanities and social sciences as well as medicine, organized in 18 faculties under the roof of 5 schools, making it one of a very few in Germany. As a "synergetic university" TU Dresden closely cooperates with external research institutions, cultural, industrial and social organisations.
The TU Dresden is embedded in the DRESDEN concept network, which bundles and uses all synergies of Dresden’s numerous scientific and cultural institutes – under it 6 Fraunhofer-, 3 Leibnitz- and 3 Max-Planck institutes, 1 Helmholtz center, two universities and several technical and cultural collections, museums, libraries and governmental institutes. In recognition of the TUD’s emphasis on applications in both teaching and research, leading companies have honoured the university with currently fifteen endowed chairs. The TUD prides itself for its international flair and has partnerships with more than 70 universities worldwide. Furthermore, TUD is the only university in East Germany, which has been granted a graduate school and a cluster of excellence in Germany’s excellence initiative. TUD’s strategic goals can be found in four fields of action: The internationalisation of studying and teaching, the internationalisation of research, establishing general conditions for the internationalisation of teaching and research and improving TU Dresden’s position on the international stage.