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The University at a Glance


United Secondary and Trade School


The foundation of “Vereinigte Real- und Gewerbeschule” (United Secondary and Trade School) in 1829, which was later to become the University of Stuttgart as we know it today, marked the beginning of the industrial age in Württemberg. Initially four technical colleges of architecture, engineering, mechanical engineering and chemical engineering formed the basis of the later university. Electrical engineering was introduced as a new subject in 1882. It was followed by the chair for aeronautics and vehicle engineering in 1910/11. Almost all the university buildings were destroyed by air raids in the Second World War. After it was rebuilt the now rapidly expanding Technical University in the city centre soon started to run out of space. In the middle of the 1950s construction work to expand the Campus in Vaihinger Pfaffenwald began. Since that time the university has had two sites, connected today with the city train. In 1967 the name of the former Technical University was changed to „Universität Stuttgart“ (University of Stuttgart) after humanities and social sciences had also been integrated in the core subjects.

Today the University of Stuttgart is divided up into ten faculties and is an educational institution in high demand worldwide with 56 undergraduate programmes and 20 postgraduate programmes. The University meets the requirements of the working world with the internationalisation of its broad range of courses on offer, numerous on-line offers in teaching and further education and its intensive support for start-up companies.

Vaihingen Campus

Research University with an international profile

The University of Stuttgart is a research-intensive university with a predominantly engineering and natural science orientation and its special profile includes linking these subject areas with humanities and social sciences. Its excellent position is reflected in both its projects, sponsored by the excellence initiative of the Federal Government and the States, the excellence cluster „Simulation Technology“ and the graduate school „Advanced Manufacturing Engineering“. Furthermore, the University of Stuttgart is currently supported with four special research areas by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (German Research Foundation), a trans-regional special research field as well as four transfer areas coordinating university. The ranking of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) and Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung CHE (Centre for Higher Education Development) regularly shows the University of Stuttgart to be particularly strong in the field of research. And in terms of third party funds the University of Stuttgart has been at the very top nationwide for many years.



Protein in embroidery representation, dyed according to
the amonio acid chain

Research focuses

The research activities carried out by the scientists at the University of Stuttgart concentrate on eight interdisciplinary focal points and 18 fields of expertise. At the centre are the fields of modelling and simulation technologies, new materials, complex systems and communication, technology concepts and technology assessment, sustainable energy supply and environment, mobility, integrated product and production design as well as the design and technology of sustainable habitats. In order to continue to expand its leading position in these fields, the University of Stuttgart wishes to further strengthen its research excellence in interdisciplinary cooperation networks in future, improve its international profile and concentrate on key future issues. Behind this is a vision to extensively research the entire creation of a product and product life cycle. This also includes the engineering realisation as well as the evaluation of the sustainability of technical innovations.


Institute for Industrial Production and
Factory Operation

Bundled expertise

The University promotes the creation of networks and centres of excellence with targeted measures. Innovative institutes, such as the future Raumfahrtzentrum Baden-Württemberg (Spaceport), Kompetenzzentrum Turbinen (Turbine Centre of Excellence), Zentrum Systembiologie (Centre for Systems Biology), Visualisierungsinstitut VISUS (Visualisation Research Centre), interuniversitäre Zentrum für medizinische Technologie (Inter-University Centre for Medical Technology) or Verbund Sport und Bewegungsforschung

(Sport and Movement Research Network) are setting milestones for trend-setting research fields. Worth mentioning are also the main research areas of bioprocess engineering, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Materialwissenschaften und Werkstofftechnology (Working Group Materials Sciences and Materials Technology), Informatik Verbund Stuttgart (IVS) (Computer Science Network), Arbeitsgruppe Luftreinhaltung der Universität Stuttgart (ALS) (Working Group Air Pollution Control at University of Stuttgart), Forschungsschwerpunkt Verkehr Universität Stuttgart (FOVUS) (Main Research Area Traffic University of Stuttgart) or Forschungs- und Lehrverbund Kerntechnik (Research and Teaching Network Nuclear Technology). The fastest vector processor in Europe operates in the High Performance Computing Centre at the University of Stuttgart, the gigantic computer performance of which is used to solve complex tasks in cooperation with the industry. And with Internationales Zentrum für Kultur- und Technikforschung (IZKT) (International Centre for Culture and Technology Research) the University of Stuttgart is setting the course at the interface between man and technology, which reaches far beyond the regional boundaries.



Braiding machine for fibre composite technology from
Insitut für Flugzeugbau (Institute of Aircraft Design)

Excellent infrastructure

Professional cooperation and close proximity are characteristic of the relationship to the numerous scientific institutes around the university, such as the institutes of Max-Planck, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (German Aerospace Centre), Zentrum für Sonnenenergie und Wasserstoffforschung (Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research) or Deutsche Instituten für Textil- und Faserforschung (German Institutes for Textile and Fibre Research). Among the excellent research infrastructure of the university are also facilities which can be used by companies and medium-sized firms. This includes, for example, the motor vehicle wind tunnel or the super computer from the High Performance Computing Centre.

And the University of Stuttgart is the German Operations Centre of the German-American joint project SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy), which can be used by researchers to gain new insights into space. The heart of the project located at the Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme (Institute of Aerospace Systems), in which along with other university institutes Stuttgart Airport, numerous firms and school are also involved, is a Boeing 747/SP equipped with an efficient reflector.



Outdoor recreation

Opera, sport and party mile


Stuttgart’s student life is pretty impressive: numerous clubs and discos attract people with a wide variety of offers. The „Bohnenviertel“ invites visitors to take a leisurely pub crawl. The „Hocketsen“ are also famous, casual beer bench parties, many of which take place in the summer. The “Besenwirtschaften”, open from July to December, is another special feature: in these rustic wine bars winegrowers offer guests their own wines and simple dishes in their living quarters for some weeks of the year. There is also great fun to be had at various student parties, such as the „Bauiglfest“ or at one of the many faculty and hall of residence parties. And the “longest party mile in Germany”, Stuttgart’s Theodor-Heuss-Straße, is no longer a well-kept secret.
In order for newcomers to Stuttgart to get to know the city and the university well right at the beginning of the semester, the university offers the first semester greeting for the freshers: „Avete Academici“ and the city of Stuttgart a special Welcome Week. Here the south-west German metropolis presents itself as a lively and big international city with numerous events, guided tours and lectures. Stuttgart has a great deal of top cultural events to offer its students. The State Opera – for several years in a row it was the „Opera house of the year“, the State Theatre, likewise already chosen as the „Theatre of the year", experimental theatre, jazz sessions and literary events dominate the lifestyle in and around Stuttgart. A special highlight is the world-famous Stuttgart Ballet. Musical fans likewise get their money’s worth as fans of the performing arts in Stuttgart’s State Gallery and in the new Art Museum of the city of Stuttgart. Excellently equipped sports facilities also make Stuttgart attractive as a venue for big sporting events. And when the games are over, rock bands, such as the Rolling Stones, perform in the stadiums.

Campus Mitte

Those who prefer peace and relaxation can find it, for example in the middle of the town centre in the Schlossgarten or the adjoining Rosensteinpark. The „Wilhelma“ with its vivarium and the unique Andalusian greenhouses is the prized possession of Stuttgart’s parks. The spacious parks and vineyards stretching right into the city rightly give Stuttgart the image of a green city. And those wanting to keep fit on their bikes, inline skates or skis will find a diverse range of attractive leisure activities between the Black Forest, Alb and Lake Constance right on their doorstep.