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.
"Total E-Quality" Award for Equal Opportunities
In 2018, for the fifth time in a row, the TU Ilmenau received the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for equal opportunities and, for the first time, the Diversity add-on for its personnel policy and organizational measures to implement an appreciative diversity of students and employees.
The jury's explanation for the award states: "To be recognized five times is sustained proof of a strong commitment to equal opportunities. As a best-practice university, the TU Ilmenau contributes to the positive development of equal opportunities in our society."
Charter "Family in Higher Education"
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.
German Universities Open to the World
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.
Code of Conduct
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.
Alliance of Thuringian Engineering Sciences THÜRING - Stronger Together!
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.
Central Memberships of the TU Ilmenau in the Areas of Teaching, Research and University Policy
- Akkreditierungs-, Certifizierungs- und Qualitätssicherungs-Institut ACQUIN e.V.
- Allgemeiner Deutscher Hochschulsportverband (adh)
- Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
- Deutsches Forschungsnetz (DFN)
- eTEACH Netzwerk Thüringen
- GATE-Germany im DAAD
- Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK)
- Netzwerk mittelgroße Universitäten
- THÜRING - Allianz Thüringer Ingenieurwissenschaften
- World Technology Universities Network WTUN