Freiberg University of Mining and Technology

The Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (usually translated from German as Freiberg University of Mining and Technology or Freiberg Mining Academy, University of Technology) is a German university of technology with about 4300 students in the city of Freiberg, Saxony. It was established in 1765 by Prince Franz Xaver, regent of Saxony, based on plans by Friedrich Wilhelm von Oppel and Friedrich Anton von Heynitz, and is the oldest university of mining and metallurgy in the world. The chemical elements indium (1863) and germanium (1886) were discovered by scientists of Freiberg University. The polymath Alexander von Humboldt studied mining at the Bergakademie Freiberg in 1791/1792.

TU Bergakademie Freiberg
MottoThe University of Resources. Since 1765.
Chancellorp.p. Jens Then
PresidentProf. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht
Students4294(WS 2017/18)[1]

Today, TU Bergakademie Freiberg is a strongly specialised university of technology comprising six faculties: mathematics and informatics; chemistry, biology and physics; geoscience, geoengineering and mining; mechanical engineering; material sciences; and economics.


The university offers programmes taught in German as well as international programmes entirely taught in English. Admission to all programmes from Bachelor through PhD is performance based and without tuition fees (as usual for consecutive studies at German public universities); students pay only a registration fee of about €84 per semester.

English-language programmes include the master's programmes in:

  • Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management SINReM
  • Advanced Mineral Resources Development
  • Groundwater Management
  • Sustainable Mining and Remediation Management
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical and Process Engineering
  • Metallic Materials Technology
  • International Business in Developing and Emerging Markets – IBDEM

Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg has been ranked among the best universities worldwide for minerals and mining engineering.[2]

Though a public university, it has a relatively large private endowment. The university is home to one of the largest German university foundations.[3]


Freiberg is a highly international university, among its 4.061 students in 2018, 24 % were foreign students. There are double-degree agreements with universities in China, France, Ghana, Italy, Poland, Russia, Thailand and others. About 30% of the doctoral degrees awarded by the university are given to foreign students.[4]


  2. QS World University Rankings, 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  3. Michael Bartsch: Geldsegen für Freiberg. taz, 24. Januar 2007, abgerufen am 11. August 2009.
  4. (Statistical information of Freiberg University)

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