Technical University of Kaiserslautern

Technical University of Kaiserslautern (German: Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, also known as TU Kaiserslautern or TUKL) is a public research university in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Technical University of Kaiserslautern
Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
TypePublic research university
Budget€ 208.7 million[2]
ChancellorStefan Lorenz[3]
PresidentArnd Poetzsch-Heffter[4]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,

There are numerous institutes around the university, including two Fraunhofer Institutes (IESE and ITWM), the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI SWS), the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Institute for Composite Materials (IVW) and the Institute for Surface and Thin Film Analysis (IFOS), all of which cooperate closely with the university.[8]

TU Kaiserslautern is organized into 12 faculties.[9] Approximately 14,869 students are enrolled at the moment.[10] The TU Kaiserslautern is part of the Software-Cluster along with the Technische Universität Darmstadt, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Saarland University. The Software-Cluster won the German government's Spitzencluster competition, the equivalence to the German Universities Excellence Initiative for clusters.[11][12]


The University of Kaiserslautern was founded on July 13, 1970[13] by the state of Rhineland-Palatinate as a constituent member of the twin University of Trier-Kaiserslautern. 191 students matriculated in the winter semester 1970/1971 in the Faculties of Mathematics, Physics and Technology. In 1972 the Faculties of Chemistry and Biology were founded. At the same time the Faculty of Technology was split into the Faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Electrotechnology, Architecture/Regional and Environmental Planning/Educational Sciences.

In 1975 the twin university was split into two independent universities: University of Trier and the University of Kaiserslautern.[14] The Faculties, which were established successively, continuously strengthened the university's scientific character: Electrotechnology (1975), later Electrical and Computer Engineering (1999), Computer Science (1975), Engineering (1975), later Mechanical and Process Engineering (1995), Architecture/Regional and Environmental Planning/Civil Engineering (1978–1979) and Social and Economic Studies (1985). The official name of the University is Technische Universität Kaiserslautern according to the new law on Higher Education of the Land Rhineland Palatinate which came into force on September 1, 2003.[15]


Administration building


These are the 12 faculties in which the university is divided:[16]

Research fieldsEdit

The integration of engineering and natural sciences is one of TU Kaiserslautern's main objectives. The state of Rhineland-Palatinate funds several research initiatives at the University of Kaiserlautern:

Sports facilitiesEdit

The university has a Sports Hall in building 28 which includes facilities for badminton, gym, table tennis, etc. Running, hockey, basketball and football can be played in the accompanying sports grounds.[36]

Associations and student initiativesEdit


  • Leo-Club Kaiserslautern - a youth organization of Lions Clubs International.
  • Karat Racing Team e.V. – Formula Student team[38]
  • Bonding studentinitiative e.V.
  • AEGEE-Kaiserslautern[39] – local group of the European Students' Forum, fostering intercultural exchange and cross-border communication and striving for European integration
  • STEP e.V. – a non-profit organization to support foreign exchange of the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics[40]
  • EMECS-thon – an embedded systems marathon open to all students from EMECS consortial universities and partner universities, where the participating teams have 48 hours to develop an embedded systems project from scratch. The event is carried out simultaneously in the universities of the EMECS consortium, as well as in several partner universities each year.[41]


  1. ^ History
  2. ^ "Zahlen und Fakten" (PDF). Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 24, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  3. ^ University Leadership
  4. ^ University Leadership
  5. ^ Facts and Figures
  6. ^ Facts and Figures
  7. ^ Facts and Figures
  8. ^ "Institutes and Research Centres". Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  9. ^ Faculties
  10. ^ TU Kaiserslautern
  11. ^ Internetredaktion, Redaktion: BMBF LS5. "Software-Cluster - BMBF Spitzencluster". Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - BMBF Spitzencluster (in German). Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  12. ^ "Software-Cluster | Europas leistungsstärkstes Netzwerk von Unternehmen, Ausbildungs- und Forschungseinrichtungen im Bereich der Software-Entwicklung" (in German). Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  13. ^ History
  14. ^ History
  15. ^ History
  16. ^ Faculties
  17. ^ Faculty of Architecture. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  18. ^ Faculty of Biology. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  19. ^ Faculty of Civil Engineering. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  20. ^ Faculty of Chemistry. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  21. ^ Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  22. ^ Faculty of Computer Science. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  23. ^ Faculty of Mechanical and Process Engineering. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  24. ^ Faculty of Mathematics. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  25. ^ Faculty of Physics. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  26. ^ Faculty of Regional and Environmental Planning. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  27. ^ Faculty of Social Sciences. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  28. ^ Faculty of Business Studies and Economics. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  29. ^ Advanced Materials Engineering
  30. ^ BioComp
  31. ^ Artificial Intelligence Enhanced Cognition and Learning
  32. ^ MathApp
  33. ^ Nanostructured Catalysts (NanoKat)
  34. ^ Symbolic Tools in Mathematics and their Application (SymbTools)
  35. ^ Center for Commercial Vehicle Technology
  36. ^ University sports facilities
  37. ^ Student Initiatives
  38. ^ Karat Racing Team e.V.
  39. ^ AEGEE Kaiserslautern
  40. ^ STEP e.V.
  41. ^ EMECS-thon

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Coordinates: 49°25′26″N 7°45′11″E / 49.42389°N 7.75306°E / 49.42389; 7.75306