Technische Universität Dresden, Graduate Academy

General description of the Institution

Technische Universität Dresden is one of the eleven German “excellence universities”. TU Dresden has about 36,000 students, 7,800 employees – among them more than 500 professors and approximately 3,400 third-party funded positions. It is the largest university in Saxony. TU Dresden is a multidisciplinary university offering a wide range of subjects in the fields of natural sciences, engineering, humanities and social sciences as well as life sciences and medicine.

Description of the institute

The Graduate Academy (GA) is one of the core measures of TU Dresden’s institutional strategy with which TU Dresden succeeded in the Excellence Initiative in 2012. As the central service unit for all doctoral candidates and postdocs of TU Dresden the GA aims to support young researchers by creating university wide excellent research and working conditions for early career scientists across all disciplines based on internationally recognized standards for supervision and quality assurance. Services offered range from financial support programs for young researchers to a counselling and advisory service as well as a qualification program tailored to the specific needs of doctoral candidates and postdocs with up to 100 workshops in English as well as in German per annum.


  • Transferable skills training for doctoral candidates and postdocs

Key Persons

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Rödel: Vice-Rector for Research and Head of the Graduate Academy

Dr. Katrin Jordan: Head of Directorate Research and Managing Director of the Graduate Academy

Dr. Barbara Könczöl: Deputy Managing Director of the Graduate Academy and Coordinator Qualification Program of the Graduate Academy