TU München - the Entrepreneurial University
Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of Europe’s leading technical universities for research. Its unparalleled choice of subjects takes in engineering, the natural and life sciences, medicine, economics and education. No university in Germany offers such a wide-ranging combination.
Interdisciplinary Solutions to Future Challenges
TUM is capitalizing on its unique advantages by promoting multidisciplinarity in research and teaching. One example is the MUTE electric car, which TUM unveiled at the International Motor Show (IAA) in 2011. The vehicle was developed by researchers and students from twenty different institutes. This is the kind of interdisciplinary collaboration that will be needed to solve the major challenges facing society. With this in mind, TUM is focusing on the following strategic areas: Energy & Climate, Mobility, Health & Nutrition, Communication & Information, Infrastructure, and Natural Resources. At the same time, it is seeking answers to pressing questions about the social aspects of new technologies.
Promoting Talent Diversity
As an entrepreneurial university, TUM is committed to supporting the diverse talents of its students and staff. Its top-class course offering has a strong research character. Meanwhile, TUM offers individual support: through the “Young Academy” programme for its most dedicated young students, with mentoring and career advice as well as exchange opportunities with over 150 partner universities and 300 Erasmus partners. The TUM Graduate School gives doctoral students the chance to obtain cross-disciplinary qualifications. And with its Tenure Track system, TUM is setting new standards in the German higher education sector. Under this system, young professors are rewarded with attractive career prospects if they meet high performance standards.
Ever since the 1870s, when Carl von Linde invented his refrigeration system at TUM and founded the company that was to become Linde AG, TUM has been fostering close relationships with the major industrial concerns. The university inspires and empowers its students and researchers to think and act like entrepreneurs. It also systematically supports patent applications and start-ups.
TUM is an international university with a high proportion of foreign students and researchers. It offers more than twenty courses in English. With TUM Asia in Singapore, it became the first German university to establish an overseas campus. It also has locations in Brussels, Cairo, Mumbai, Beijing and São Paulo.
Recipient of Top Awards
TUM was awarded the title of “University of Excellence” in 2006 and 2012 on account of its drive for innovations and reform. In international rankings, it is regularly placed among the best universities in Germany.