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Essential-Only Presence at TU Berlin to Begin 20 March 2020

Thursday, 19. March 2020

Press release no. 46/2020

No research, teaching, or administrative operations until further notice/ “The most extraordinary situation in the modern history of TU Berlin”

Technische Universität Berlin will transition to essential-only presence at the close of the work day on 20 March 2020. The Crisis Committee, established by the TU Berlin president on 2 February 2020, has prepared a number of measures to enable this step to be taken.

All employees are to continue their work from home. The majority have already been working from home since 17 March 2020. All TU buildings will be closed. Research operations have already been reduced to a minimum. Face-to-face teaching and in-person exams are canceled until further notice. The University’s administrative departments and faculties have prepared for this transition to emergency operations.

“We currently find ourselves in the most extraordinary situation in the modern history of TU Berlin. These enacted regulations impact the University at its core. We will have to re-think the University. It is up to each and every one of us to meet the challenge of this new way of working together without direct personal contact. I would like to thank all TU staff who have managed these extraordinary days and exceptional tasks with vigor, creativity, and composure. We are faced with no other option than to adopt emergency operations. Our most important duty, for every organization and every single person, is to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. This is the need of the hour and we are acting accordingly,” states TU President Christian Thomsen, commenting on the situation.   

A video message from the TU Berlin president can be found at:

The vice president for education, digitalization, and sustainability, Professor Hans-Ulrich Heiß, has also spoken about studies and teaching in the current situation in a video message:

Further regulations and preparations

The campuses in Charlottenburg and Wedding as well as TU Berlin off-site facilities will be monitored by security for the duration of emergency operations.

The TU Berlin campus in El Gouna, Egypt has already ceased operations.

All employees of the University will continue to receive their regular wages or salary.

The University guarantees employees with children aged 12 and younger paid leave from work for 10 working days. This is in response to the closure of childcare facilities and schools.

Preparations are currently being made for the summer semester. These include an extensive expansion of online tools for teaching as well as telephone and video conference tools and other digital communication platforms. TU Berlin is prepared for these measures through its InnoCampus project. For many years, the Media Center for Research and Teaching has developed e-learning concepts and assisted with the application of eKreide and modern lecture hall equipment. Together with the online teaching team (ZEWK), concepts are being drafted, equipment procured, and online training for instructors prepared.

The TU Berlin Crisis Committee will continue to provide detailed information about developments and regulations at TU Berlin at: www.tu-berlin.de/?211643 

Information for members of the media The Office of Communication, Events and Alumni is also working from home. However it can be contacted as usual. Please send an email to .  


For further information, contact:

Stefanie Terp
Spokesperson of TU Berlin

Tel.: 0172 314 6639

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