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Dr. Bernd Markscheffel

Steering Committee Chair

Phone +49 3677 69 4053

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The University

As the only technical university of the state of Thuringia, Ilmenau University of Technology represents a long tradition of training electrical and mechanical engineers to graduate level.

Today, the pillars supporting higher education are

  • technology,
  • natural sciences,
  • economics, and
  • media subjects.

Five faculties offer an innovative interdisciplinary programme of degree courses at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels in Engineering Sciences, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, as well as Business and Social Studies to approximately 6,800 students at present. The university  is mainly located on the Main Campus providing a cozy and lively environment to its students and staff. 


  • The Goethe and university town of Ilmenau - population approx. 30,000 - is situated in the foothills of the Thuringian Forest. Surrounded by the mountains of the Thuringian Forest in Germany's "green heart", it makes an excellent base for hiking. It is also the start of the 20-km Goethe trail following in the footsteps of the great writer and poet.
  • Ilmenau offers plenty of variety for everyone - cultural enthusiasts, nature-lovers, sporty types and people who enjoy hiking and biking.


  • With a land area of 16,172 km² and 2.2 million inhabitants, Thuringia is the smallest and second least populous state of former East Germany. Its capital is Erfurt.
  • With the Hainich National Park and the Thuringian Forest taking up most of the west and south of the state, Thuringia has earned the nickname of 'green heart of Germany'.
  • The country's most famous hiking trail, the Rennsteig, runs through the Thuringian Forest and Thuringian Highland.
  • Oberhof is the winter sports centre and is famous for it's sport events. Many European and World Luge and Biathlon Championships as well as ski jump and nordic skiing events  took place place in the town's sports facilities. Germany has won more Winter Olympics gold medals than any other country in the last 20 years, and half of Germany's gold medals been won by Thuringian athletes.

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