Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

In 1765, the oldest still active teaching mining academy of the world, Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, was founded in the consequence of the booming silver mining in the ore mountains in the region since 1168. Today, about 850 years after the foundation of the mining town of Freiberg and about 250 years after foundation of the Bergakademie, this university is a top ranking teaching and research institution for geoscience, mining and engineering worldwide.

With approximately 4300 undergraduate and graduate students and almost 90 Professors, the offered mentoring is extraordinarily good. Thanks to the large budget, coming especially from third-party funds and foundations the research environment at TU Bergakademie Freiberg is excellent, placing it among the top universities in Germany.

The Institute of Mining Engineering is embedded in this scientific environment. The “Chair of Underground Mining Methods” focuses on the following topics: Extraction, Mining Production, Backfilling and mine closure, Mining 4.0, Standardization, Mine Planning and Mine Rescue among others. Since the beginning of 2013, the Chair has moved into its new offices on Freiberg’s most known landmark, the mine shaft “Reiche Zeche”, which is rich in tradition and is visible from afar. The shaft at Reiche Zeche provides direct access to the research and training mine of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, where practical education is executed for 100 years now. In fact, Reiche Zeche celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019. Today it offers unique possibilities worldwide for modern research, both in science and underground mining, contributing to sustainable optimisation for the raw materials industry.

Our goal of education is to provide well trained internationally competitive mining engineers.

Glück Auf!

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Mischo, Pr. Eng.