University of Stuttgart – research university of international rank


Embedded in the heart of one of the largest high-tech regions of Europe with global players and internationally successful small and medium-sized enterprises as well as renowned research institutions, the University of Stuttgart has developed into a research-intensive university with a predominately engineering and scientific orientation. Its unique profile includes the crosslinking of these fields with humanities and social sciences.

Its outstanding position is reflected in the two projects supported by the Excellence Initiative of the Federal Republic and the Federal States – the excellence cluster “Simulation Technology” and the graduate school “Advanced Manufacturing Engineering” – as well as in the participation in countless collaborative research centres and research training groups. The research activities of the University of Stuttgart concentrate on eight interdisciplinary focal points: 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.

Take for example ARENA2036 (Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles), winner of the Federal Minstry of Education and Research competition ”Science campus – public-private partnerships for innovations”. The application ARENA2036 was able to prevail over numerous competitor applications. It made a convincing impression for its exemplary innovation potential for a versatile production of the future of function-integrated lightweight constructions and for its experimental concept of cooperation between various players under one research factory roof. The research campus ARENA2036 provides a synergy of research for scientists from institutes and companies on the topic of production and lightweight construction. They investigate the foundations and develop competitive production models for a flexible factory of the car of the future in the year 2036, the 150th anniversary of the automobile.

The University of Stuttgart is also involved in the Cluster ”Elektromobilität Süd-West” which investigates infrastructure for electric vehicles, as two of its institutes, the Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Automotive Engineering (IVK) and the Institute for Electrical Energy Conversion, are partners in the project. Two other partners in the Cluster, FKFS Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart and ASCS (Automotive Simulation Center Stuttgart), have close ties to the university: The university’s focal points are the BIPoL project (Sensor-controlled Inductive and Position-tolerant Charging Concept for Electric Drive Vehicles) and the area of integrated thermal management.

Engineering and science are not the only faculties excelling in research. The top position of Stuttgart´s English language department in the Science Councils research rating is just one example from the humanities. The interdisciplinary approach and numerous cooperation opportunities at the University of Stuttgart provide a research infrastructure unique in Germany, while it also contributes to strengthen the performance of smaller departments.

Annually, the university manages to acquire more than 160 million euro in third-party funds, giving evidence that it is a popular cooperation partner sought by international, national, governmental and private funding organizations and private businesses. The University of Stuttgart employs a staff of over 5,150 in 150 institutes, ten departments and Central Services, making it one of the major employers in the state capital. Currently 24,650 students are enrolled, about 3,000 graduate annually to join the workforce. The university’s study offering comprises 150 underraduate and graduate programmes, among them eight international programmes taught in English, two German-French graduate programmes and three executive online programmes.