Ever since its foundation, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has been contributing to technological and social progress.

Main entrance of the main campus of the TUM

It has initiated pioneering policy reforms for universities in Germany and, through the 1999 “Experimentation Clause”, it has helped to modernize higher education legislation in Bavaria. With its forward-looking concept “TUM. The Entrepreneurial University”, the university again provided compelling proof of its strong reform drive, also marking it out for success in the 2006 and 2012 rounds of “Excellence Initiative” funding.

Transforming into an Entrepreneurial University

  • First Bachelor and Master’s programs in the year before the Bologna declaration
  • TUMTech GmbH: Technology transfer and consulting, fundraising, project acquisition in research and technology
  • "Allianz für Wissen" (Alliance for Knowledge): The first professional fundraising campaign by a German university raises over EUR 191 million
  • Alumni & Career: International network of TUM alumni
  • New organizational structure: Operational bodies (university management and dean) are separated from governance bodies (Administrative Council, consisting of the Senate and external members)
  • SAP R/3 business process software supports university’s financial system
  • UnternehmerTUM GmbH, supported by entrepreneur Susanne Klatten: Promotes entrepreneurial mindset among students and academics.
  • Wolfgang A. Herrmann becomes the first President of a German university to call for the introduction of tuition fees.
  • German Institute of Science and technology (GIST) in Singapore: First overseas campus set up by a German university.
  • MentorING program: Supports women studying natural sciences and engineering to increase the proportion of women in these disciplines.
  • The Department of Sport and Health Sciences is built up around the acclaimed University Sports Center
  • The TUM School of Management is founded.
  • StudiTUM project: The university funds a student-led project to foster a top-quality study experience.
  • TUM Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS): Selected scientists are given the freedom to work on innovative and higher-risk projects; interdisciplinary, high-caliber research groups work alongside international fellows from the worlds of science and industry.

Milestones since the 2006 Excellence Initiative


Excellence Initiative: The university succeeds once again with its forward-looking concept "TUM.The entrepreneurial University":

  • Teach@TUM: This concept combines subject area knowledge with education and learning theory, effective pedagogical strategies and practice and insights into how education theory and practice are applied to schools. The aim is to improve teacher training in STEM subjects. It is supported by the German federal government and the states as one of 19 nationwide programs in a teacher-training quality campaign.
  • Opening of the TUM Entrepreneurship Center: The university and its affiliated institute UnternehmerTUM have bundled an end-to-end offering for technology-focused start-ups at this new building on the Garching campus. It networks research and practical application, with academic chairs from the TUM Entrepreneurship Research Institute also under the same roof.
  • Science & Study Center, Raitenhaslach: After an extensive restoration, the university opens a new academic center in the former Cistercian abbey at Raitenhaslach as a hub of international scientific exchange.
  • TUM School of Governance: This School, aligned with the Bavarian School of Public Policy (HfP München), is to become the university's 14th department. It focuses its research and teaching on the interaction between politics, society, the economy and technology, and officially opens at the beginning of 2017.
  • TUM Campus Heilbronn in Baden-Württemberg is the first campus of a German university to be located in a different federal state. The TUM School of Management offers a wide range of courses here for the managers of the future. The non-profit Dieter Schwarz Foundation is providing long-term support by funding 20 new business management professorships with complete facilities and infrastructure.
  • The Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MSRM) taps into and investigates the basics of robotics, perception and artificial intelligence for innovative and sustainable technological solutions to the major challenges of our time.
  • Establishment of the Department of Aerospace and Geodesy as the university’s 15th department. Once completed, it will be the largest academic department of its kind in Europe.

Reform program TUM Agenda 2030


Successful Excellence Strategy: TUM has secured the title „University of Excellence“ for the third time in succession.

  • TUM Agenda 2030: The institutional strategy TUM Agenda 2030 forms the heart of TUM's Excellence Strategy
  • From department structure to a schools system: TUM embarks on an extensive structural reform. With the restructuring of the TUM School of Life Sciences, the university has established the first of seven schools as part of an innovation-friendly matrix structure.
  • The TUM Innovation Networks promote new and strategic connections between schools and departments („Emerging Field Policy“), building a foundation for research into tomorrow’s topics and creating a critical mass for future innovation hotspots.
  • Die TUM Venture Labs aim at fostering entrepreneurial spirit and entire families of start-ups in key technological fields and thereby at positioning the Munich metropolitan region as the European lead-er for new company foundations.
  • The Munich Data Science Institute Munich Data Science Institute (MDSI) is TUM's new a center of excellence for multidisciplinary,data-driven research . Forming one of TUM’s Integrative Research Centers, the MDSI makes the enormous potential resulting from data generation, data analysis and high-performance computing available to the entire university.
  • With the opening of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning, TUM is entering upon a new dimension in addition to cutting-edge research and first-class curriculum for students: Lifelong continuing education for employees, professional experts and leadership staff.

International alliances since 2006

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