Technische Universität München (TUM) is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of its Singapore campus. In 2002 TUM became the first German university to set up an offshore campus. Since then, over 300 students from across the globe have graduated from TUM Asia. Over the last two years, scientists from Munich have also been involved in a high-profile research project – TUM CREATE Center of Electromobility in Mega Cities. The Singapore affiliate was TUM’s first step on the road to globalization. The university is currently establishing additional offices on other continents.
The “German Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) – TUM Asia” offers a unique program of study. Its courses give students concrete industry insights, drawing on the experience of TUM’s leading lights and Singapore’s finest universities. This intercultural approach means that graduates gain in-depth knowledge of European and Asian scientific cultures. Currently, around 380 students are studying at TUM Asia. The university attracts top talent from all over Asia, as well as Europe, the Americas and Africa. Successful candidates can choose from five different Master’s and two Bachelor’s degrees in engineering and the natural sciences.
German engineering blended with the innovative lead of a major Asian knowledge city is producing Master’s graduates of considerable interest to both Asian and German companies. Almost every second graduate (from a total of 320) has gone on to work for a German company. Companies are therefore more than willing to support TUM Asia, providing lecturers, scholarships and work placements for students. TUM Asia is now expanding its program to include courses for people looking to further their qualifications while working. In future, it will be offering its transport and logistics Master’s program as a part-time course – a further first for TUM.
This mutual respect prompted the city-state of Singapore to invite TUM – as the only German university – to join its Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) project. CREATE brings together representatives from leading universities, including MIT, Berkeley and ETH in Zurich. TUM is collaborating with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on research into new technologies and transport concepts for electromobility in megacities.
Today, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Herrmann have officially opened the new "TUM CREATE Center of Electromobility in Mega Cities" campus building. Herrmann has also announced the foundation of the TUM CREATE Graduate Center. The center will equip the institute’s around 70 PhD students with interdisciplinary qualifications ranging from leadership skills to management know-how. As with all graduate centers affiliated to TUM, the new center will be part of the university’s central TUM Graduate School system.
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