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University City of Freiberg
From silver to silicon...
The legacy of the silver mines was also the foundation for Freiberg’s successful development into a modern economic and scientific centre, which is oriented to the urgent questions of the future. The University of Technology Bergakademie is among the most significant factors in this development. As a resource university, it has established an excellent reputation in the four areas – geosciences, energy, environment and material sciences – and as measured by the extent of its third party funding, ranks as one of the strongest research institutions in German.
It continues to successfully practice today what it was founded to accomplish in 1765: practice-oriented training and applied scientific research. Local enterprises share the benefits of this activity. Thus, for more than half a century, technical expertise in electronic material sciences has formed a secure foundation for Freiberg’s development into a worldwide centre for the semiconductor industry, and led it to become the solar capital of Eastern Germany. High innovative potential is likewise the starting place for the development of environmentally sparing processes for energy production and for developing innovative materials, which is placing Freiberg increasingly at the centre of public attention.
Did you know that…
- ... the first gas lantern in Europe was invented in Freiberg by Wilhelm August Lampadius and was illuminated for the first time in 1811?
- … the businessman Peter Krüger set an example by establishing the largest endowment ever given to a public university?
- … Freiberg has eight sister cities?
- … Freiberg served as the source for the exciting novels of best-selling author, Sabine Ebert?
- … Freiberg will celebrate its 850-year city jubilee in 2012?