The University of Technology Nuremberg considers itself to be an interdisciplinary university with a strong networking approach. We are convinced that new and all-emcompassing knowledge and innovation can only grow where excellence from various different disciplines interacts.

The University of Technology Nuremberg comprises departments designed to overcome disciplinary boundaries. Each professorship is assigned to one department. In the future, however, all department members will conduct cross-boundary research and teaching. One aspect of this approach are the so-called fields of activity which will be centered around major issues and topics of the future. The School of Students and Young Researchers (StaRs), which is currently being set up, will support professors when it comes to developing a range of courses.

Since 2022, we are in the process of setting up the Department Engineering, which is intended to bundle all disciplines relating to engineering and science, and the Department Liberal Arts and Sciences, comprising humanities, social and natural sciences as well as mathematics. After establishing the first cluster Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the Department Engineering, the main focus of 2023 is on setting up a second cluster, as well as a first cluster in the Department Liberal Arts and Sciences. This will be driven by and contribute to the UTN’s interdisciplinary, international and digital profile.

The UTN Department Model

The departments, which are headed by the Department Chairs, will be organized based on the UTN’s Department Model. The model is characterized by flat hierarchies, thereby enabling the departments to manage their own resources with a high level of flexibility and independence. The Department Chairs will allocate the departments’s financial and staff-related resources in close cooperation with the department boards. The students, researchers and professors of the department are represented on the department boards. On a regular basis, the department board members will discuss the establishment, maintenance and use of the department’s infrastructure, the allocation of personnel and equipment costs, besides deciding – in conjunction with the UTN School of Students and Young Researchers (StaRs) – on the selection process for doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. Both the academic and non-academic personnel is employed by the department itself, not by an individual professor. This is to ensure a consistent selection process of junior scientists and contributes to a scientific community which is not limited by work group boundaries.

Within the departments, joint use will be made of the scientific infrastructure. In addition, all researchers of the department receive administrative and technical support from the department management and central units, thereby ensuring that professors will have more time to concentrate on their teaching, research and transfer activities. This approach facilitates a quick adoption of changes in research agendas and ensures a better cooperation within and across departments.

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