Our Mission Statement

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Our Vision

As a leading entrepreneurial university, we are a site of global knowledge exchange, shaping the future with talent, excellence and responsibility.

Our Mission

We inspire, promote and develop talents in all their diversity to become responsible, broad-minded individuals and empower them to shape the progress of innovation for people, nature and society with the highest scientific standards and technological expertise, with entrepreneurial courage and sensitivity to social and political issues, as well as a lifelong commitment to learning.

Our Core Values

Our core values form the foundation of our relationships with one another and with our cooperation partners:

  • Excellence: We encourage curiosity, creativity and unconventional thinking across the disciplines and set the highest standards of performance in research, teaching and innovation.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: We question the consequences of our actions, direct ourselves toward new challenges and improve our working methods continually. To this end, we commit ourselves to socially reflected innovations and promote their commercial application, as well as to sustainable technology spin-offs at all levels.
  • Integrity: We draw our success from an inclusive community of talents from different backgrounds, cultures, ideas and perspectives, acting with respect for others and transparency in accordance with our shared values.
  • Collegiality: We respect and inspire one another in a vibrant culture of university community and cultivate the academic, economic and social partnerships that make TUM a site of global knowledge exchange.
  • Resilience: We learn from our varied experiences and see in persistent change the opportunity for the sustainable development of science, ecology, economy and society – from this we draw ever new inspiration, motivation and resolve.

Our Guiding Principles

1. Innovation for People, Nature and Society

The Technical University of Munich is committed to the progress of innovation for people, nature and society. With pioneering spirit, creativity and a sense of responsibility, we combine our diverse competencies in the engineering and natural sciences and medicine with those of business, the humanities, as well as the social and political sciences in order to heighten our impact on the sustainable development of society. With the aim of preserving the Earth's ecosystem, we respect the needs of the natural world, use resources conscientiously and attach the highest priority to protecting people and the environment. Out of a sense of responsibility for future generations, the latest research findings flow directly into our cooperation with schools, into the curricula of our degree programs, into continuing education and training programs, and into sustainable technology enterprises with the potential for growth.

2. Highest International Standards

The Technical University of Munich measures its scientific, structural and organizational performance according to the highest international standards and continually raises them. We enhance ourselves with international talents, form alliances with leading teaching and research institutions worldwide and cooperate with promising partner institutions. Our “Emerging Fields Policy” opens new fields in research, innovation, teaching and continuing education that hold potential for international alliances.

3. Global Mindedness and Tolerance

In keeping with the canonical values of an enlightened society, the Technical University of Munich unites its globally oriented network with respect for the self-understanding of people from all cultures and regions of the world. With our international presence and partnerships, we seek to foster better understanding between nations.

4. Talent with Ethical Substance

The Technical University of Munich draws its innovative strength from the diverse interests, talents and world experiences of its students, employees, alumni, and the numerous individuals who broaden the horizon of our activities as cooperation partners, patrons, sponsors and supporters. We support our talents in recognizing their individual potential for professional development and bringing it to fruition. It is our aim to develop professional expertise and the ability to judge, to promote an understanding of other disciplines and teamwork, as well as a strong sense of responsibility. Cognitive agility, cultural sensitivity, global mindedness and social competence are as important to us as professional mastery and entrepreneurial courage. We effectively promote talents at all career levels at the TUM: Junge Akademie, the TUM Graduate School, the TUM Faculty Tenure Track Academy, the TUM Institute for Advanced Study and the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning.

5. Value Creation through Diversity and Appreciation

The individual talents, manifold experiences and diversity of our TUM family members form the foundation of our mission for the future. Our university community thrives on mutual respect, an open-minded culture, the free exchange of opinions, ideas and experiences and reciprocal appreciation. We actively promote the equality of our members independent of their gender, nationality, religion, worldview, physical ability, age or sexual identity. As a family-friendly university, we invest in the compatibility of family, studies and career. We promote the social and professional competence, flexibility, communication and team competencies of our TUM family members. We are committed to a transparent, motivating and cooperative management style that creates space for participatory involvement and cultivates open communication both within the university and beyond.

6. Learning without Borders

The Technical University of Munich is committed to unifying top-level research with teaching excellence. In keeping with our self-conception as a leading international institution of higher education (TUM Lehrverfassung), we offer our students future-oriented higher education with disciplinary depth, while fostering their creativity, drive and individual talents. Our cross-disciplinary approach to education expands their radius of thought and action and shapes their characters to become citizens of the world with a keen sense of social and political responsibility. To this end, we continually enhance our didactic approaches and employ complementary teaching formats, including classroom instruction, as well as state-of-the-art digital and interactive tools. Relationships of trust between our students and faculty are marked by mutual respect for one another’s perspective and needs. Our cultural, artistic and sports activities foster holistic education and training to broaden the intellectual horizons of our students and staff and to encourage them to think in new ways.

7. Continuing Education – For a Lifetime

In times of accelerated change, we assume social responsibility and, as a lifelong partner in education, we strive to keep our own faculty and alumni, as well as professionals and leaders in industry, politics and society, at the forefront of the latest developments with on-going, research-based continuing education programs offered by the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning.

8. Entrepreneurial Thinking and Action

The Technical University of Munich is dedicated to the principle of competitive achievement. We contribute the results of basic and applied research to market-oriented innovation processes and promote an “entrepreneurial spirit” in all areas of the university. We encourage our members to found sustainable, growth-oriented and technologically driven enterprises and support them throughout the process from idea to solid market position. Our entrepreneurial activities are geared consistently towards assuming a leadership role in Europe, together with our affiliated institute UnternehmerTUM, through the spin-off of growth-oriented technology start-ups from both our student body and our top-notch scientific research.

9. Cross-Generational Approach

The community of the Technical University of Munich unites the enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity of its students, the creativity and commitment of its teaching staff and employees, the wealth of ideas and radius of activity of its graduates, as well as the life experience of emeriti and alumni in a worldwide network. We prize the expertise, perspective and commitment of our TUM Senior Excellence Faculty, as well as their active contribution to university development as invaluable advisors. In a cross-generational approach, the members of our university community shape progress in research, innovation and teaching.

10. Dialogue with Society and the Public

In awareness of its social, economic and cultural responsibility for our country and its citizens, the Technical University of Munich lives a culture of transparency and open dialogue with the public. It is our aim to prepare our students effectively to shape social change processes with a firm sense of responsibility. We have created the best possible conditions to this end with our expertise in teacher training and educational research, the social sciences, political science and economics. Our interdisciplinary approaches at the TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology, the Hochschule für Politik München and the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning integrate citizens into development processes for innovation and education. We maintain intensive dialogue with industry, politics and the public – and with our alumni, as ambassadors to the world.

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  • 7/29/2012


TUM students develop a satellite to be launched into space

It fits into one hand and weighs only one kilogram: Students of the Institute of Astronautics (LRT) in Garching have constructed a small satellite that is to be launched into space in autumn of this year. The name of the so-called CubeSat is First-MOVE. It will be launched by a Russian rocket in October. It has a solar cell experiment and a color camera on board. The final test runs are currently being carried out. TUMstudinews talked to Claas Olthoff who supervises the project.

CubeSat First-MOVE
The CubeSat First-MOVE is to be launched into space. (photo: LRT)

 TUMstudinews: The First-MOVE is cubical with a side length of 10 cm and weighs one kg. What is this small construction able to do?

 Claas Olthoff: Our satellite can do almost everything a "large" satellite can do. It has a small computer, a radio and a power system with solar cells and batteries. Four of the solar cells are to be measured in space. And as we had a bit of spare room, we also installed a camera. The scientific value is secondary – it's just fantastic for us to visually accompany and document the whole thing. 

 TUMstudinews: In October 2012, the first-MOVE will be launched into space. It took six years to develop. You were involved from the very start. 

 Claas Olthoff: In 2005, I went to the TUM to study aerospace technology. Altogether, there have been about 80 students working on the cube since 2006. Most of them were students of engineering, but there were several physicists and computer scientists as well. At first, the journey was planned with a rocket from India – but it was postponed a number of times. Now it's definitely going to take place!

TUMstudinews: The final tests before the launch are now in progress. What kind of tests does a small satellite like this have to pass?

 Claas Olthoff: It is important to check the natural frequency of the cube. It is placed on a vibrating table, a "Shaker“, which simulates the rocket launch. The shaker-test was carried out at the IABG in Ottobrunn, with success! We have also successfully completed the thermal vacuum test. The satellite orbits the earth and is therefore exposed to the sun for 60 minutes and in the shade for 30 minutes. The difference between hot and cold is enormous. The cube must be able to resist this.

 TUMstudinews: Can the material of the cube resist such strains?

 Claas Olthoff: The final test is the so-called acceptance test – which is required by the launch operator. The tests are extremely demanding on the hardware, which is why traditionally two fully functional cubes are developed: a qualification model to go through the hard tests and a flight model that will actually be sent into space later on. 

 TUMstudinews: When will the First-MOVE that was constructed by TUM students be sent into space?

 Claas Olthoff: Our cube with be launched with a Russian Dnepr rocket around mid to late October. The main payload is DubaiSat2 satellite that weighs 300 kg. Since the missile can carry a payload of up to 3.7 tons, there is still quite some room left for several other satellites to be launched. So we are a so-called "secondary payload". We are semi-stowaways.

 TUMstudinews: Finally – and after years of development – it is going to happen. Are you nervous about the start?

 Claas Olthoff: The last few weeks have been extremely stressful. We didn't sleep much, worked through weekends and drank gallons of coffee. I think we are all a bit too tired to get really excited at the moment. In autumn though, when we'll be sitting in our control room chairs waiting for the satellite to fly over Garching for the first time, we'll certainly all be extremely excited. 


 Claas Olthoff (28), is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Astronautics (LRT) with Prof. Ulrich Walter. He is from Kaiserslautern and studied aerospace technology at the TUM. As a student he worked on the first-MOVE project and is now supervisor of the project team. 

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