Biotechnology is one of the most important disciplines at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). With the TUM the TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability, this discipline has been given a massive boost. With a new agreement, TUM is now also expanding its international student exchange activities. A collaboration agreement to this effect was signed by TUM President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann and Prof. Peter Høj, President of the University of Queensland (UQ, Brisbane) in Sydney, Australia.
A close university partnership has existed between TUM and UQ since 2010. For example, the TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a double degree program with its counterpart at UQ, in addition, there are also university-wide exchange agreements at the level of the graduate schools. Above all, there exists successful research collaboration in the fields of life sciences and biotechnology.
“Our extraordinarily positive experiences with this collaboration have prompted us to also start encouraging our students in this essential research field to embark on a journey to the other side of the globe”, says TUM President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann. Hence, he and UQ President Prof. Peter Høj now signed an exchange agreement for students in the Chemical Biotechnology degree program. At TUM, the new interdisciplinary bachelor degree program is offered at the TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability — it was particularly popular among this year's applicants.
Further Cooperations planned
In addition to the exchange agreement, research activities in the field of chemical biotechnology will also be intensified. Already in October, researchers from both universities will be meeting at a joint research symposium on the economic effects of biotechnology.
Additional cooperation efforts between TUM and UQ have been planned, such as a joint doctoral program and a more comprehensive exchange of ideas and information in various other research fields ranging from political science to soil science.