Dresden University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden) was founded in 1992. It is the second largest post-secondary educational institution in Dresden, the capital of Saxony.
Engineering, economics, design, and 'green' disciplines constitute the four pillars that more than 40 forward-looking diploma, bachelor's, and master's degree programmes in civil engineering/architecture, electrical engineering, information technology/mathematics, product design, mechanical and process engineering, and business administration are based upon. These degree programmes include a number of subjects that are unique to post-secondary education in Saxony such as agriculture, horticulture, landscape planning and development, environmental monitoring and analysis, geoinformatics and surveying, as well as geoinformatics and cartography.
International connections of the various courses and placements abroad are essential characteristics of Dresden University of Applied Sciences’ modern approach to teaching, which also train students' intercultural communication skills to foster an important east-west interface.
International teaching and research cooperations and student and university teacher exchanges sponsored by the university help to maintain close contacts with numerous universities and colleges in Europe, Africa, America, Asia, and Australia.
State-of-the-art laboratories, the university’s globally connected computer network, an extensive library, the language centre, and the industrial placement semester (which is compulsory for every student to acquire professional experience and develop new business contacts) all ensure that studies at the university retain a highly practical dimension.
The combination of technology, business, and aesthetics, which are of equal interest to both students and instructors, sets the tone for both the training profile and academic life at the university.
With 8 faculties, approximately 170 professors, and more than 5,000 students, the university is large enough to integrate the different disciplines successfully and generate a high synergistic effect. On the other hand, it is still manageable enough to facilitate personal dialogue in individual courses. Music enthusiasts can look forward to performances by either of the university’s orchestras, and sports fans will enjoy the school's outstanding athletic facilities.
In addition to its main function as a centre for teaching, the university is also a centre of applied research and economical development. For example, the 'Vehicle Engineering Research Institute' is recognised internationally.
The Zentrum für angewandte Forschung und Technologie e.V. (ZAFT) (Centre for Applied Research and Technology) has existed since 1998, and the goal of the centre is to unite specialists from nearly every faculty to collaborate on innovative system solutions.