University of Stuttgart


The University of Stuttgart (German: Universität Stuttgart) is a leading research university located in Stuttgart, Germany. It was founded in 1829 and is organized into 10 faculties. It is one of the oldest technical universities in Germany with highly ranked programs in civil, mechanical, industrial and electrical engineering, among others. It is a member of TU9, an incorporated society of the largest and most notable German institutes of technology. The university is especially known for its reputation in the fields of advanced automotive engineering, efficient industrial and automated manufacturing, process engineering, aerospace engineering and activity-based costing.

University of Stuttgart
Universität Stuttgart
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Former names
Technische Hochschule Stuttgart
Established1829; 194 years ago (1829)
BudgetEUR 420 million[1]
ChancellorJan Gerken
PresidentWolfram Ressel
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
48°46′54″N 9°10′31″E / 48.78167°N 9.17528°E / 48.78167; 9.17528Coordinates: 48°46′54″N 9°10′31″E / 48.78167°N 9.17528°E / 48.78167; 9.17528
ColorsAnthracite, Dark Blue (“Mittelblau”) & Light Blue
AffiliationsGerman Universities Excellence Initiative
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Technische Hochschule Stuttgart 1929, art deco cast iron plaque medal to the 100th anniversary.

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 Technische Hochschule Stuttgart (Stuttgart Institute of Technology). In 1900 it was awarded the right to grant doctoral degrees in the technical disciplines. The development of the courses of study at the Technische Hochschule 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.[4] The university hosts many national and international research institutes, and collaborates with partners such as Fraunhofer, German Aerospace Center, among others. The university is also founding member of the Startup Autobahn as well as Arena2036, the flexible research factory.


The university is divided into 10 faculties:[5]

Ranking and reputationEdit

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[6]301–400 (2020)
QS World[7]355 (2023)
THE World[8]351–400 (2021)
Global – Science and engineering
QS Engineering & Tech.[9]139 (2020)
THE Engineering[10]145 (2021)
National – Overall
QS National[11]21 (2021)
THE National[12]38 (2021)
National – Science and engineering
THE Engineering[13]8 (2021)

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 2017, University of Stuttgart is ranked 79th in the world in the field of Engineering & Technology according to QS World University Rankings.[14] University of Stuttgart is one of the best universities in the fields of mechanical, aeronautical, and manufacturing engineering[15] (42nd worldwide and 3rd best in Germany) and has been ranked several times as one of the best engineering universities in Germany.[16]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Zahlen & Fakten". Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Übersicht über die Zahl der Studierenden im Wintersemester 2016/2017" (PDF). March 6, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c[bare URL PDF]
  4. ^ "University | University of Stuttgart". Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  5. ^ "Faculties & Institutes". Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020". ShanghaiRanking. Archived from the original on 2019-08-15. Retrieved 2020-09-04.
  7. ^ "QS World University Rankings". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited.
  8. ^ "World University Rankings". THE Education Ltd. July 2021.
  9. ^ "QS World University Rankings". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited.
  10. ^ "World University Rankings". THE Education Ltd. 27 October 2020.
  11. ^ "QS World University Rankings". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited.
  12. ^ "World University Rankings". THE Education Ltd. 25 August 2020.
  13. ^ "World University Rankings". THE Education Ltd. 27 October 2020.
  14. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 - Engineering and Technology". Top Universities. March 3, 2017.
  15. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 - Engineering - Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing". Top Universities. March 17, 2016.
  16. ^ "The Top 25 best Universities in Germany - engineering and beyond". Top Universities. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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