Bringing together technological and natural scientific expertise on the one hand and theoretical and historical reflection on the other has been the goal of Technische Universität Berlin since 1946. Today, one of the central tasks of the Faculty’s teaching and research is to build bridges between humanities and the educational sciences and the technical and natural sciences. The bachelor’s degree in Culture and Technology is just one of the programs which highlights this specific educational profile. In this program, interdisciplinary studies and core subjects in humanities and education are combined with a professional orientation. The program also offers students access to nine research-oriented master’s programs. The Faculty further offers degree programs in language, literature, philosophy, history of science and technology, art and urban history, and education, as well as nine bachelor’s and master’s and six master’s teacher training programs that are specifically oriented towards professional education and work studies: these study offers are one of a kind in Berlin.
The Faculty has six main fields of research: interdependency of culture and technology, cultural heritage as a resource, language and communication, heterogeneity of modern societies, organization of educational processes, and research of knowledge. Partner universities in 18 European countries offer comprehensive possibilities for international exchange in research and teaching. The Center for Research on Antisemitism, Center for Interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender Studies, and Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China also contribute to TU Berlin’s profile in humanities and educational sciences.
When in 1946 the former Technical College (Technische Hochschule) was newly founded and renamed Technical University Berlin (Technische Universitaet Berlin), it had the manifested goal of a reorientation in terms of educational policy: The technological and natural scientific expertise were to align with a humanistic mind-set. Today, one of the tasks of the humanities-related faculty is to build bridges between humanities and the technical and natural sciences, why it describes its subject areas as „the humanities in the technical scientific world“. One of their main functions is to explore the tense relationship between the knowledge of cultural and humanitarian sciences and the technical, natural and planning sciences, and to link these diverse sciences future-oriented. Also, the knowledge is to be communicated in practice within the teaching at the university. Since 2004, the faculty has newly profiled its course offer. Four accredited bachelor courses and ten master courses, as well as six bachelor and six master courses with the possibility of obtaining the teaching degree for secondary schools rank among the attractive learning opportunities at Faculty I. Internationalization is yet one of the core orientations of the faculty. 23% of our students have foreign nationality. The interconnection with 18 states provides the opportunity to complete one part of the studies at one of our partner universities. Another particular interest of the faculty is gender equalization. 61% of our students, 53% of our academic staff members, and 34,8% of our professors are women. The Center of Interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender Studies is located at Faculty I. The faculty has six main fields of research: Interdependency of Culture and Technology, Cultural Heritage as a Resource, Language and Communication, Heterogeneity, Organization of Educational Processes, and Research of Knowledge. The versatile research projects of every subject area of Faculty I are nationally and internationally cross-linked and offer young academics an opportunity to join TU Berlin. Further, our programs for the conferral of a doctorate are being extended, too.