The German newspaper „Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung“ calls the Technische Universität Ilmenau a „jewel in the east“. And the „Süddeutsche Zeitung“ claims that it is „one of the most innovative scientific institutions in Europe among specialists“. Praise, which the Ilmenau scientists repeatedly demonstrate with top research achievements: They have constructed a new scale for the new kilogram – they are developing designer molecules that fight cancer – and they are researching the autonomous car of the future.

What applies to research also applies to teaching at the TU Ilmenau. The degree programs are modern, research-oriented and interdisciplinary. This appeals to students from allover Germany and the world. Whoever studies at the TU Ilmenau has best job prospects.


Our Mission Statement

„The Technische Universität stands for teaching and research at the highest level in the fields of technology, mathematics and natural sciences, business and media. It places particular emphasis on innovative teaching and interdisciplinarity. It identifies with Humboldt’s ideals and pursues the vision of a cosmopolitan campus family.“


125 Years of Tradition – 125 Years of Innovation

The TU Ilmenau looks back on a long tradition in the training of engineers. It began in 1894 with the opening of the private educational institution Thüringisches Technikum in the heart of Ilmenau. A prestigious technical university in GDR times, it received the status of Technical University in 1992. Today one of the most modern technical universities in Germany is located in the city centre and on the new university campus on the outskirts of the city.


Internationality and Diversity

In research, the scientists at the TU Ilmenau cooperate with over 140 universities and research institutes worldwide and with over 300 commercial enterprises, including global players such as BMW, Bosch, Jenoptik, Telekom and SAP.

In teaching, the TU Ilmenau maintains cooperation agreements with more than 110 universities in 50 countries and offers ten international study programs with double degrees. This is another reason why TU Ilmenau is extremely attractive for students from all over the world: More than a third of all first-year students regularly come from abroad.

Scientists and students from more than 100 nations populate the university campus. As a cosmopolitan university, the TU Ilmenau actively promotes equal opportunities and tolerance at the university and in society as a whole.