What position does Technische Universität Berlin adopt on issues of relevance to society and how does it perceive itself? The University’s identity is founded upon its regulations and guidelines as well as the decisions passed by the various committees regarding core issues. These represent the means by which the University aligns itself as part of society and assumes its share of the responsibility for shaping a free and democratic community. The regulations and guidelines are the rules the University has imposed upon itself and form the binding basis for its administrative activities. Unlike laws and ordinances, regulations and guidelines have no legal character.
Technische Universität Berlin is a research institute developing science and technology for the benefit of society. Members of the University are committed to the principle of sustainable development and Alexander von Humboldt’s pedagogical ideal of the unity of research and teaching.
This mission statement serves as a permanent inspiration for standards in teaching at TU Berlin, and, as a kind of “constitution”, forms the basis for all regulations, guidelines and strategies governing teaching at our University. All study and examination regulations, curricula and quality management measures for studying and teaching need to reflect the content of this mission statement.
The Executive Board of TU Berlin identified ten fields of action that are of strategic importance to our university.
The Civil Clause represents the University’s pledge to not engage in any research for military purposes. The Civil Clause is further a confirmation of the University’s commitment to its responsibilities and its acknowledgment of the role it played prior to and during World War II, particularly in the area of military research.
Civil Clause(to be translated shortly)
Technische Universität Berlin has a special social responsibility as educator and shaper of future decision-makers in our society and its role as multiplier is both a responsibility and an opportunity. TU Berlin recognizes the goals of “sustainable development and climate protection” as urgent societal tasks and that its primary responsibility is to embed these goals into teaching, research, and knowledge transfer.
TU Berlin and the State of Berlin will therefore work in partnership to use energy economically, ecologically and, as far as possible, sparingly, and also to make intensive use of renewable energies in the existing building stock. They will also use appropriate means to tap existing potential for saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions. The partners agree that the scope of the measures to be implemented also depends on issues such as the provision of financial resources, and the use of funding and funding conditions.
Through the environmental guidelines, University management and staff from all status groups pledge their commitment to an environmentally friendly development of the University. Work and decisions carried out on a daily basis throughout the entire University should reflect the essence of the guidelines. The protection and preservation of natural resources as part of a sustainable development is a leading goal of the University in its research and teaching activities as well as its operation. By applying these guidelines, the University seeks to fulfill its function as a role model for society.
In December 2019, TU Berlin unanimously adopted these principles in its Diversity Strategy - Equal Opportunities at Technische Universität Berlin in the Academic Senate, thus starting the process for diversity mainstreaming - a systematic integration of equal opportunities and freedom from discrimination in all fields of action of the University.
Diversity, inclusion and anti-discrimination will be systematically integrated into the steering mechanisms, regulations and (university-wide) strategy processes as guiding principles.
These guidelines cover protection against sexual discrimination as disparagement based on the gender of a person, sexual harassment in the form of verbal, visual, written and/or physical abuse of a sexual nature, and sexual violence in the form of sexual assault and rape. They apply to all members of the University as well as all other persons researching, teaching, or studying at Technische Universität Berlin, and visitors to the institution.
Guidelines for Protection against Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Violence
The members of TU Berlin regard the safeguarding of good academic practice in research and teaching as one of their highest goals and, in this regard, attach particular importance to young researchers. This Statute, which is oriented towards the corresponding recommendations of the German Research Foundation, shall serve the purpose of defining the principles of good academic practice and stipulating fair procedures in cases of suspected misconduct.
Universities and their researchers are often placed in national and international comparisons and rankings according to their publications, with such rankings forming the basis for the awarding of funding. As one of Germany’s leading research universities, TU Berlin is constantly striving to increase recognition for the research conducted by its academics. It is essential to this process that all publications be correctly attributed to Technische Universität Berlin. This requires a correct and uniform system for providing details of institutional affiliation.
In its Mission Statement, the Technische Universität Berlin commits to research and teaching that is based on social, ethical and humanist grounds. It is particularly important to TU Berlin that research findings are sustainably disseminated, accessible and visible.
In order to achieve this, TU Berlin supports the research political request for Open Access to scholarly knowledge as laid out in the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities”. TU Berlin's Executive Board and Academic Senate strongly recommend that the university's members publish their research results Open Access.
TU Berlin carries out basic and application-oriented research at top international level and promotes cross-faculty research activities and networks with external actors as well as knowledge and technology transfer between the university and practical applications. To this goal, TU Berlin forms strategic alliances with companies as well as university and non-university research facilities. With the Research Data Policy TU Berlin wants to provide its current and future researchers with an orientation for handling research data.
Research Data Policy (including guidelines on the implementation)
These guidelines provide an overview of the copyright issues encountered in the daily life of the University. They seek to raise awareness of copyright issues among professors, staff members, and students as well as provide possible solutions.
Guidelines on Copyright Law (PDF) (only in German)
Technische Universität Berlin considers the doctoral dissertation a scientist’s first independent academic work. Technische Universität Berlin regards the public discussion and publication of research designs, interim findings, and final results of the research process throughout the doctoral period as one of its defining activities. All data and facts serving as the bases for a thesis must be subject to extensive debate and verification.
Code of Conduct for Doctorates in Cooperation with Commercial Enterprises (PDF) (only in German)
The Structural Plan 2015 establishes Technische Universität’s areas of scientific focus and its development goals. It provides information about the further development of the defining areas of focus in research and teaching, professorships established in the TU budget, and the degree programs offered. Structural plans enable the Berlin universities to agree on their individual scientific profiles and their development plans, thus ensuring a broad-based, complementary spectrum of scientific disciplines in teaching and research in Berlin.
Structural Plan 2015 (PDF) (only in German)