University of Stuttgart

University of Stuttgart
Universität Stuttgart
Former names
Technical College of Stuttgart
Motto Wissenschaft für die Menschen, Menschen für die Wissenschaft (German)
Motto in English
Science for the People, People for the Science
Type Public
Established 1829
Budget 420 million[1]
Chancellor Bettina Buhlmann
President Wolfram Ressel
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 24,642[2]
Undergraduates 13.136[3]
Postgraduates 7,309[3]
Location Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Campus Urban/Suburban

Black, White & Grey

Nickname TU Stuttgart
Affiliations German Universities Excellence Initiative

The University of Stuttgart (German: Universität Stuttgart) is a university located in Stuttgart, Germany. It was founded in 1829 and is organized into 10 faculties.

It is one of the top nine leading technical universities in Germany (TU9) with highly ranked programs in civil, mechanical, industrial and electrical engineering.

The University of Stuttgart is especially known for its excellent reputation in the fields of advanced automotive engineering, efficient industrial and automated manufacturing, process engineering, aerospace engineering and activity-based costing. The academic tradition of the University of Stuttgart goes back to its probably most famous graduate student: Gottlieb Daimler, the Inventor of the automobile.

Along with the Technical University of Munich, the Technical University of Darmstadt and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, it represents one of the four members of the South German Axis of Advanced Engineering and Management. These four universities, in combination with RWTH Aachen are the top five universities of the aforementioned TU9.


Mensa building at the main campus
Campus at Vaihingen
International Centrum at the University of Stuttgart
Keplerstraße 11 ("K1", right) and 17 ("K2", left) in the city center
Student Hall Pfaffenhof II
The new "Raumfahrtzentrum Baden-Württemberg" in Vaihingen

From 1770 to 1794, the Karlsschule was the first university in Stuttgart. Located in Stuttgart-Hohenheim, it has since 1818 been the University of Hohenheim and is not related to the University of Stuttgart, except for some joint activities.

What is now the University of Stuttgart was founded in 1829, and celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2004. Because of the increasing importance of the technical sciences and instruction in these fields, from 1876 the university was known as the Technical College. In 1900 it was awarded the right to grant doctoral degrees in the technical disciplines. The development of the courses of study at the Technical College of Stuttgart led to its renaming in 1967 to the present-day "Universität Stuttgart". With this change of name came along a built-up of new fields, such as history of science and technology and the social sciences, and the extension of existing ones, such as history and art history.

Since the end of the 1950s, a part of the university has been located in the suburb of Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Most technical subjects (computer science, engineering, etc.) are located in Vaihingen, while the humanities, the social sciences, architecture, and similar topics are still located in the city center campus.

Ranking and reputation

Universität Stuttgart is consistently ranked among the world's top universities in various international ranking surveys such as the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the Times Higher Education Supplement which ranks over 1000 universities worldwide. As of 2014, University of Stuttgart is ranked 85th in the world in the field of Engineering & Technology according to QS World University Rankings.[4] University of Stuttgart is one of the best universities in the fields of mechanical, aeronautical, and manufacturing engineering[5] (48th worldwide and 3rd best in Germany) and has been ranked several times as one of the best engineering universities in Germany.[6]

Notable alumni


The university is divided into 10 faculties:[7]

See also

Notes and references

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Coordinates: 48°46′54″N 9°10′31″E / 48.78167°N 9.17528°E / 48.78167; 9.17528

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