In 2012, TU Ilmenau was the first technical university in Germany to receive the nationwide seal of approval for system accreditation. On July 10, 2020, TU Ilmenau was again awarded the seal of approval of the "System Accredited" foundation. TU Ilmenau has also received multiple commendations for its activities in social areas such as equality. In addition, the university is a member of renowned national and international organizations dedicated to higher education policy issues and the networking of science and industry. Here is a selection.
As one of eight universities from Thuringia, TU Ilmenau has successfully participated in the diversity audit "Vielfalt gestalten" ("Shaping Diversity") of the German Donors' Association. Vice President for Teaching and Learning Prof. Anja Geigenmüller and Andrea Krieg, Diversity Officer and Head of the Division Equality, Diversity and Health at the university, received the certificate on May 9 at the 5th Diversity Forum in Berlin. The certification, which is valid for three years, certifies that TU Ilmenau sees the diversity of its students and employees as an opportunity and has found ways to use this potential for university development.
The TU Ilmenau has received the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for equal opportunities in 2022 for the sixth time in a row. In doing so, the jury honored the successful and sustainable implementation of diversity and equal opportunities in organizational and personnel policy: "Equal opportunities are anchored in the TU's mission statement and integrated as a cross-sectional task in important strategic documents, quality management and steering instruments."
The universities in the "Family in Higher Education Association" see themselves as pioneers in the social development towards more family orientation and appreciation of diversity. As a member university, the TU Ilmenau has signed the charter "Family in Higher Education". In doing so, TU Ilmenau is making a voluntary commitment to promote the compatibility of family responsibilities with studies, teaching, research and science-supporting activities and to align its organizational and personnel development strategies accordingly. The standards set out in the charter are implemented independently and further developed in the long term.
As a member of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK), the TU Ilmenau, together with the other member universities, opposes xenophobia and nationalism and actively advocates open-mindedness and cosmopolitanism. With the slogan "Weltoffene Hochschulen - Gegen Fremdenfeindlichkeit" (German Universities Opten to the World - against Racism and Xenophobia), the HRK members commit themselves to their stance: Universities are open-minded places. Differentiated perspectives, diversity of opinion and international exchange are the basis of their research and teaching activities. Together they stand up for democratic values and enlightened, tolerant societies.
The TU Ilmenau assures to offer international students, doctoral candidates and young scientists optimal study conditions, good counseling and an in-depth professional, linguistic and social support. To this end, it is committed to the National Code for the Study of Foreigners at German Universities, a self-commitment of German universities. The aim of the Code, which was adopted by the German Rectors' Conference (HRK), is to formulate basic standards for the counseling and support of international students and thus to ensure and continuously improve the quality of support.
Seven universities in Thuringia offer a broad portfolio of engineering degree programs, some of which have quite different focuses. In April 2019, these universities decided to form the "THÜRING. Alliance Thuringian Engineering Sciences" to establish a forum for increased cooperation and joint strategy development.
Specifically, the members of the THÜRING alliance are Erfurt University of Applied Sciences, Gera-Eisenach Cooperative State University, TU Ilmenau, Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences Jena, Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences, Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences and Bauhaus-University Weimar.
The regular exchange between the university managements on strategic developments in research, teaching and marketing, as well as at the working level, creates sustainable cooperations and (research) alliances. These also include non-university research institutions or partners from industry.
Cooperation in the area of teaching will benefit students studying engineering in Thuringia, for example when the ProTELC project offers introductory courses for prospective and first-year students across universities in the future.