Thanks to rich deposits of silver, lead, zinc, and copper ores, the Upper Harz Mountain
area has been an important mining and smelting centre for centuries. In 1763, Henning
Calvör proposed the establishment of a "mathematical school for the most gifted
and most capable thinkers among those who wish to become miners and carpenters".
Founded in 1775 and elevated to the status of a mining academy in 1864, the Harz Mountain
educational institution rapidly achieved an international reputation. Thus, in the
mid-19th century, one-half of its students came from North and South America, Southeast Asia,
... with changing times
During the sixties of the past century, as coal and steel were losing their dominating
position in German industry, the Mining Academy of Clausthal underwent a process of
transformation. The introduction of new major courses of study in chemistry, physics,
mathematics, mechanical engineering, all the way to process engineering, resulted in
structural changes, which in turn justified renaming of the institution as the
"Clausthal University of Technology" in 1968. After bridging the gap between
tradition and innovation, further pioneering courses of study were offered: During the
1980's, courses were introduced in computer science, technomathematics, and chemical
engineering; these have been followed by environmental and power systems engineering,
economathematics, computer science in economics, and industrial engineering during
the past few years.
Research and education today ...
Research and education at the Clausthal University of Technology are currently concentrated
on the materials sciences, mechanical engineering, process engineering, information engineering,
as well as studies which expressly combine the economic, natural, and engineering sciences to
form a well-balanced qualification profile for new professional fields. With about 90 professors,
400 scientific employees, and some 5,000 students, the Clausthal University of Technology
possesses a clear-cut structure, which is well suited for interdisciplinary research.
A European Graduate College in the field of polymers is conducted jointly by the Universities
of Göttingen, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, and Clausthal, thus providing an opportunity to perform
early research work in an international team. One Sonderforschungsbereich (special field of
research), is devoted to metallic materials: "Manufacture from Sheet Metal".
One research group is dedicated to the field of "Material-Specific Simulation of Thermal
Processes in Production Engineering". The Information Engineering Centre supports the
application of computer science in the engineering disciplines. Mathematicians at the
Universities of Göttingen and Clausthal cooperate in a research group on number theory.
An independent research institute, the Clausthaler Umwelttechnik-Institut (CUTEC), is
specialised in the field of environmental engineering and cooperates with the University in
teaching and research.
This competency has repeatedly been confirmed by leading positions in rankings which appraise
research and education at German universities. With a share of 20 per cent for students and
doctoral candidates from foreign countries, the Clausthal University of Technology also occupies
a leading position in the international field among German universities.
The personal atmosphere for studies, the multitude of university partnerships, the excellent
Internet connection in the residence halls, the opportunity to participate in scientific work
as a student at the research-oriented Clausthal University of Technology: Features such as
these make this school particularly attractive for students. Joint projects between industry
and the university demonstrate the special importance placed on applied research, without
neglecting basic research.