Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TU BAF) was founded in 1765. It is one of the world's oldest technical higher education institutions, with an outstanding international reputation for its education and research following the principle of perpetual innovation.
TU BAF is known for its famous graduates, such as polymath Alexander von Humboldt, who studied in Freiberg, and for the discovery of the 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 distinct profile addressing the specific issues of our modern industrial society. Teaching and research reflect a practical orientation responding to the demands of industry. Thanks to its financial backing, including private sources, TU BAF is one of the ten best research-focused universities in Germany. This guarantees a high level of education in the fields of science, engineering, and economics.
In nationwide rankings, TU BAF regularly receives top rankings due to its outstanding conditions for studying and its intensive mentoring programmes.
The university's own underground teaching mine, open to visitors, serves as a natural laboratory and allows for "hands-on" exploration of the subterranean world of Freiberg and its mining history, which dates back to the 14th century.
About 30% of the university's 4,000 students are international students. The campus offers numerous advantages typical of a small university. Short distances on campus and face-to-face contact between students and professors are major benefits.
The university is structured into six faculties, and it 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, researches innovative ways to explore high-tech metals like gallium, indium, germanium or rare-earth elements.
The university and student initiatives offer a large variety of cultural events and leisure activities, including over 50 different types of sports activities at the university sports centre.