Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TU BAF) was founded in 1765. It is one of the world's oldest technical higher education institutions in the world, with an outstanding international reputation for its education and research based on the principle of constant innovation.
TU BAF is known for its famous alumni, such as the polymath Alexander von Humboldt, who studied in Freiberg, and for the discovery of two chemical elements: Germanium (C. Winkler, 1885) and Indium (F. Reich & Th. Richter, 1863).
TU BAF is the "University of Resources". With its four core themes – geosciences, materials, energy, and environment – TU BAF has a distinctive profile that addresses the specific issues of our modern industrial society. Teaching and research reflect a practical orientation in responding to the real needs of industry. Thanks to its financial backing, including funding from private sources, TU BAF is one of the top 10 best research-oriented universities in Germany. This guarantees a high level of education in the fields of natural sciences, engineering and economics.
Thanks to its excellent study conditions and intensive mentoring programmes, TU BAF achieves top positions in national rankings.
The university's underground teaching and research mine is open to visitors and serves as a natural laboratory. The mine allows for "hands-on" exploration of the subterranean world of Freiberg, with its extensive mining history dating back to the 14th century.
About 40% of the university's 4,000 students are international. As a small university, the campus offers numerous advantages. Short distances on campus and personal contact between students and professors are major benefits.
The university is divided into six faculties and has several research centres, such as the Interdisciplinary Environmental Research Centre (IÖZ), the Scientific Diving Centre (SDC), and the Mine Water Research Centre. The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, which was founded by TU BAF and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), researches new and innovative ways to explore high-tech metals such as gallium, indium, germanium, and rare earths.
The university and student initiatives offer a wide range of cultural events and leisure activities as well as more than 50 different types of sports activities at the university sports centre.