TU Bergakademie Freiberg sees itself as a modern university dedicated to resource issues that - out of its tradition in mining and metallurgy – gears its teaching and research in its key areas GEO, MATERIAL, ENERGY and ENVIRONMENT to the requirements of the future.
The above areas make up the university’s unique and distinctive image. They cover the complete resource cycle from the exploration of new deposits via the development of alternative energy technologies and materials up to recycling and the management of resources. In both basic and applied research TU Bergakademie Freiberg cooperates closely with regional, national international companies.
The Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF), jointly established in Freiberg in 2011 by TU Bergakademie and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf, looks into new ways of extracting high-tech metals such as gallium, indium, germanium or the rare earth metals.
In acquiring external research funds TU Bergakademie Freiberg has for years been the leading university in Saxony and among the top ten in Germany. In addition, TU Bergakademie is the only university in Europe that runs an own mine for research and student instruction.