Bringing better research and education capacities to the Technical University of Chemnitz

The refurbishment of the Adolf-Ferdinand-Weinhold building creates the conditions for internationally competitive research on microtechnologies and energy efficiency, while also providing excellent facilities for students.

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Thanks to the renovation, over 10 000 students at the Technical University (TU) of Chemnitz now benefit from modern lecture theatres and a foreign language centre. The new laboratories enable the undertaking of high-quality research, an important step towards overcoming the region's challenge of high rates of emigration of highly qualified young people. Moreover, regional small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) benefit from the applied research and excellent education at the TU Chemnitz.

New infrastructure for eight institutes

The Weinhold building, dating from 1974, is one of the largest buildings at the TU Chemnitz. Over 12 810 m2 of laboratory and office space, it houses the Faculties for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, for Mechanical Engineering, and for Economics. The facilities also include two lecture theatres and 14 seminar rooms.

The building conforms to current security and energy criteria. In particular, thanks to special vitrification and energy efficient architectural solutions, the renovated building is now reducing carbon footprint by about 5 000 tons of CO2 every year. The building is operational since October 2013.

Better research and education for high-qualified jobs

It is expected that 186 students will graduate from the Faculties in the Weinhold building every year, including almost 140 engineering students. The improved infrastructure and equipment will also result in an increase in cooperation with regional companies, and a boost in third-party funds for research projects.

Two new research fields are planned in the areas of nano systems and key enabling technologies. In addition, four research areas will be strengthened, including automatisation in the car industry and energy efficient production techniques.

The project is expected to generate 36 new research jobs within five years.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Conversion and renovation of the Adolf-Ferdinand-Weinhold building FKZ” is EUR 53 438 317, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contributing EUR 36 557 475, through the “Saxony” Operational Programme, for the 2007-2013 programming period, under the “Strengthening innovation, science and research” priority axis.

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