Environment and Reach

The regional environment of TU Bergakademie Freiberg offers excellent conditions for the transfer of ideas, knowledge and technology between science, industry and society. 

As the oldest active mining science educational institution in the world, TU Bergakademie Freiberg can look back on an important history. The university was founded in 1765 under the name "Kurfürstlich-Sächsische Bergakademie zu Freiberg" as a training centre for miners. However, the range of the university grew rapidly, both in terms of content and geography. 

The worldwide influence of TU Bergakademie Freiberg is particularly illustrated by the fact that two chemical elements were discovered by Freiberg scientists: Indium (in 1863 by Ferdinand Reich and Theodor Richter) and Germanium (in 1886 by Clemens Winkler). The radius of innovation has thus expanded in a very short time from the university town of Freiberg and the economic region of Central Saxony to an internationally active university.

Due to its close connections to the raw materials and energy industry, as well as to the materials and raw materials industry, TU Bergakademie Freiberg has a worldwide network and attracts students, scientists and innovation partners from Germany and abroad.