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TUM Asia:
A story of success in Singapore

2012 marks TUM ten-year anniversary in Singapore. In 2002, TUM established the German Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) - TUM Asia Pte. Ltd., making it the first German university to set up an offshore campus. Graduates from TUM’s privately operated Asian campus are in high demand among companies thanks to the successful combination of German engineering, management skills and understanding of Southeast Asian culture. This initiative is flanked by the TUM CREATE research center, where scientists are developing new electromobility concepts for the tropics.

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"we took a step into uncharted terrain"

TUM-President Herrmann
Prof. HerrmannImage: Heider-Sawall

Wolfgang A. Herrmann, TUM-President:
“Ten years ago, we took a step into completely uncharted terrain for a German university. To date, we have provided hundreds of graduates with an intercultural education and seen our collaboration with our partners in Singapore thrive and intensify – proof positive that we are on the right path. Today, we are building on the mutual trust we have established in Singapore, generally viewed as east Asia’s knowledge and learning hub.”



TUM establishes the German Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) – TUM Asia as a privately operated affiliate in Singapore. It is the first offsite campus set up by a German university abroad. The institute is also funded by the Singapore government, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research. GIST is a self-supporting private limited company. Industrial Chemistry is offered as the first Master’s program in collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS).


Four new Master's programs are offered, partly run in collaboration with NUS and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).


TUM Asia establishes the TUM CREATE Center of Electromobility in Mega Cities. The new center is part of the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), together with research institutes from other top universities.

A joint PhD program is established with NTU, funded by National Research Foundation Singapore

First Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and information technology is launched in collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).


A Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering is added to the curriculum.


TUM CREATE moves to a new building on the CREATE campus provided by the Republic of Singapore. The TUM CREATE Graduate Center is founded.

Transport and logistics is also offered as a part-time course.

Over 300 students have thus far graduated from TUM Asia. Around 380 are currently enrolled at the institute.