As the oldest active mining science university in the world, the TU Bergakademie Freiberg maintains close relationships with partners in all parts of the world. Essential industries, which the university supports with scientific and technological solutions, are globally networked. Cooperation in science and research is therefore also characterised by a high degree of internationalisation.
A large part of the research in the profile-determining areas of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg therefore takes place in cooperation with companies and organisations of supra-regional (oder: national and international) importance. Thus, relations are cultivated with almost all (internationally) relevant actors in mining, the raw materials industry and basic industries, metal production as well as energy and environmental technology.
In addition to direct cooperation with individual companies and institutions, participation in international networks and associations is an essential instrument for the transfer of ideas, knowledge and technology. In 2015, the EIT RawMaterials, the world's largest innovation network of leading companies, universities and non-university research institutions in the field of raw materials management, was created with more than 120 partners.
The TU Bergakademie Freiberg has used its excellent worldwide reputation to initiate several international networks. Examples of this are the German-Russian Raw Materials Forum, the most important platform of German-Russian cooperation for the raw materials and energy industry and policy, and the World Forum of Resource Universities for Sustainability. As a member of the UN-accredited World Energy Council, the university is also directly involved in the discussion of energy issues of global relevance with links to non-European companies and research institutions, including Bolivia, Chile, China, Mongolia, Mozambique, South Africa and Vietnam.
Regional partners are integrated into the existing cooperations in order to gain access to new markets and international contacts. In this way, the university can contribute to providing local partners with a worldwide platform for their expertise.