Success: The History of the TUHH

The TUHH is one of Germany’s youngest and most successful universities. Plans for a university of technology in the Süderelbe area of Hamburg go back to the 1920s. Fifty years later, in 1978, the Hamburg University of Technology came into being, its mission to promote structural change in the region.

Between 1982 and 2005, a campus university grew up in the south of Hamburg, its modern buildings blending into the terrain. With its green spaces and trees, the campus is an inviting place to linger. Gradually, the TUHH extended its site northward to the edge of the Schwarzenberg.

Research activities began in 1980 and teaching in 1982/83. Now, the TUHH has around 100 professors and 1,150 employees (including 500 academic staff, inclusive of those with salaries from third-party funding). With around 5,000 students, this makes for an excellent staff-student ratio. There is plenty of space on campus for encounters and fruitful exchanges of ideas. The atmosphere is easy to describe – young, innovative, unconventional, original and creative, an ideal atmosphere for developing new ideas in engineering sciences.

The founding principles of the TUHH are unique in Germany. The priority of research, an interdisciplinary approach, innovation, regionalism and internationalism are the obligatory foundations for what we do. Research, teaching and technology transfer are centered around the guiding theme of developing technology for people.

Mission Statement:

TUHH is a competitive entrepreneurial university focussing on high-level performance and high quality standards. TUHH is dedicated to the principles of Humboldt (unity of research and education).  TUHH has a strong international orientation and also focusses on its local environment. It does so by contributing to the development of the technological and scientific competence of society.  Aiming at excellency at the national and international level in its strategic research fields. Educating young engineers and academics within demanding programmes using advanced teaching methods.


Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg: http://www.tuhh.de