University of Excellence

Talent. Excellence. Responsibility. Our TUM Agenda 2030 is readying our university for the future and turning it into an innovative force shaping societal change.

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TUM has once again been named a University of Excellence and is thus the only technical university to continuously retain this status since 2006. The title is awarded as a part of the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments, in strategic international support of German cutting-edge research.

We are using this funding to realize the future concept TUM Agenda 2030. We are expanding technically-oriented humanities and social sciences and are reorganizing previous internal structures to be more innovation-oriented: The constraining, discipline-based Faculty structure is being replaced by seven Schools which are linked to one another by integrative research institutes. In the sense of an "open marketplace of knowledge", we support talented individuals in all their diversity, at all levels and across substantive subject boundaries. We work in alliances with international partners to re-orient towards Europe as well as to the southern global hemisphere in order to resolve global challenges.

What is the Excellence Strategy?

With their Excellence Strategy, the federal and state governments have been supporting outstanding scientific achievements, research alliances and enhancing the profile of German universities since 2019. The funding program replaces and refines the Excellence Initiative established in 2006. It consists of two funding lines, the Clusters of Excellence in which universities and research institutes conduct joint research, and the Universities of Excellence whose preeminent position in research is to be extended.

The Excellence Strategy is conducted by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Council of Science and Humanities (WR). Together they manage the selection and regular evaluation of the universities as well as research projects subsidized with this money.

TUM Agenda 2030

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Focus on Humans

With the guiding vision of "Human-Centered Engineering" we are integrating the humanities and social sciences with technical disciplines. Here technological questions are approached taking political, ethical and economic aspects into account.

Mission Statement
Students walking through the entrance hall of the newly finished building for the TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on the Garching campus (Image: Andreas Heddergott / TUM).

Governance and Schools

The research and scientific landscape is becoming more dynamic. Our response is a new matrix which promotes innovation: We are converting the system of Faculties into a structure of seven Schools and are linking the Schools by means of interdisciplinary research centers.

Employees of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning test out VR headsets.

Lifelong Learning

We regard education to be the lifelong assignment of a university. Our newly founded TUM Institute for Life Long Learning offers interdisciplinary and scientifically based continuing education opportunities for every career level.

TUM Institute for Life Long Learning

Driving digitalization forward

We focus on secure digital solutions in all areas: through new tools in teaching and learning, smart infrastructure in research and external collaborations. The Idea Portal invites employees to submit suggestions.


Rethinking Teaching

We are pursuing a paradigm shift in teaching. We use personalized mix-and-match curricula to prepare our students for the requirements of global job markets (TUM Professional Profiles).

TUM Center for Study and Teaching

Global Network

Liaison offices, a campus in Singapore and strategic partners around the world, including collaborative ventures for sustainable development in the southern global hemisphere reinforce the international exchange of students, researchers and administrative employees.

Sites worldwide

Munich Ecosystem

The Munich site unites cutting-edge research, start-ups and world market leaders. We work together with partners on location to systematically expand this network: For example, in the ONE MUNICH Strategy Forum we generate synergies in joint research projects.

ONE MUNICH Strategy Forum

Research without Borders

To us cutting-edge research means working on an interactive and interdisciplinary basis. Here we continuously re-examine forms of collaboration and solve the challenges of our society in international teams.

Research Objectives

Sustainable Actions

One of our central guiding visions is to become more sustainable on economic, social and ecological levels. In our Sustainable Futures Strategy we realize targeted measures and conduct focused projects relating to the topic of sustainability.

TUM Sustainable Futures Strategy

Promoting Diversity

Equality and an inclusive university culture are elementary pillars of TUM. The diverse measures included in our TUM Diversity & Gender Equality Plan are intended to provide every individual with the optimum conditions for realizing their personal potentials.

Gender and diversity

We Research for the Future in Clusters of Excellence

The origins of the universe and of life, sustainable energy supplies, quantum technologies and systems neurology: Our university conducts research on these topics with international partners in the four Clusters of Excellence Origins, e-Conversion, MCQST and SyNergy.

More about the Clusters of Excellence

Successes as a University of Excellence since 2006

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