Technische Universität Darmstadt
The Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt is one of Germany's leading technical universities. Its around 270 professors, 3,500 employees, and 21,000 students devote their talents and best efforts to significant, futuristic fields, such as energy, mobility, communications and information technologies, housing, and improving the quality of life. The wide variety of disciplines represented are all focused on technology, as viewed from the vantage point of engineering, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences, and cover the full range of academic endeavor, from the origination of basic concepts to practical, everyday applications. Die TU Darmstadt is Germany's oldest autonomous university. In renowned rankings by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, and the Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung, as well as polls of the personnel directors of major corporations, it has consistently corroborated its leadership in research, academic excellence, and its qualification of graduates for top jobs and successful careers. Its capacity for innovation is evidenced by the steady growth in annual funding received from outside sources. The 113 million Euros contributed by industry, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the European Union for 2009 make it one of Germany's leading academic recipients of outside funding.