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TUM Asia: A story of success in Singapore

2012 marks TUM ten-year anniversary in Singapore. In 2002, TUM established the German Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) - TUM Asia Pte. Ltd., making it the first German university to set up an offshore campus. Graduates from TUM’s privately operated Asian campus are in high demand among companies thanks to the successful combination of German engineering, management skills and understanding of Southeast Asian culture. This initiative is flanked by the TUM CREATE research center, where scientists are developing new electromobility concepts for the tropics. Visit the Homepage of TUM Asia

Master graduates in their graduation gown.
A bright future in German companies with a Master’s from TUM Asia.Image: TUM Asia

Courses at TUM Asia give students hands-on industry insights. Successful applicants to the institute come from Asia, Europe, the Americas  and Africa. They are taught by scientists from TUM and academics from the best universities in Singapore, who jointly provide the young talent with a thorough grounding in European and Asian scientific cultures.
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Shaping the future: On its research campus TUM CREATE, electric taxis for the tropics are developed.
Shaping the future: On its research campus TUM CREATE, electric taxis for the tropics are developed.Image: TUM CREATE

TUM CREATE, an affiliate of TUM Asia, is developing transport solutions for tomorrow’s megacity challenges in the tropics. The center’s scientists are primarily focusing on electric vehicles and the enabling technologies, including batteries, drive technology and infrastructure. TUM CREATE is collaborating closely with partners in industry on this initiative. The project is a joint venture with Nanyang Technological University (NTU). TUM CREATE

Singapore's CREATE research campus brings together representatives from leading universities.
Singapore's CREATE research campus brings together representatives from leading universities.Image: TUM CREATE

TUM CREATE is networking with other top universities such as MIT and ETH Zurich under the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) initiative. At the anniversary celebrations for TUM Asia in November 2012, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and TUM President Wolfgang A. Herrmann officially opened the TUM CREATE Center of Electromobility in Mega Cities campus building. TUM CREATE

Scientists in the laboratory
TUM Asia blends German engineering with an in-depth understanding of Southeast Asian culture.Image: TUM CREATE

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. Career prospects

TUM will be using its anniversary in Asia to thank the people of Singapore for their hospitality thus far and look at ways of encouraging next-generation talent. By funding the Building The Future project, TUM will be helping foster interest in technology and the natural sciences among children from less privileged backgrounds. Each year, TUM will invite two schoolchildren from Singapore to Germany. During their stay, the children will visit TUM’s laboratories and attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. They then get their first taste of scientific research at the Berchtesgadener Land research center for schoolchildren.


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"We took a step into uncharted terrain"

TUM-President Herrmann
Prof. HerrmannImage: Heider-Sawall

Wolfgang A. Herrmann, TUM-President:
“Ten years ago, we took a step into completely uncharted terrain for a German university. To date, we have provided hundreds of graduates with an intercultural education and seen our collaboration with our partners in Singapore thrive and intensify – proof positive that we are on the right path. Today, we are building on the mutual trust we have established in Singapore, generally viewed as east Asia’s knowledge and learning hub.”