• 11/25/2015

HRK member universities support nation-wide campaign against xenophobia

TUM supports German Rector’s Conference initiative

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is taking a strong stance for inclusion and cross-cultural engagement. TUM is supporting a campaign initiated by the German Rector’s Conference (HRK) aimed at fostering an open mindset at universities and opposing xenophobia. The latest initiative in the campaign is an immediate action program at TUM that helps refugees fleeing from crisis-hit regions.

TUM Asia Students visit TUM during their Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP). (Photo: A. Heddergott)
TUM Asia Students visit TUM during their Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP). (Photo: A. Heddergott)

Openness and cultural diversity are core principles at TUM, based on a liberal set of values grounded in an enlightened society. The latest project aimed at helping refugees is a prime example of how these values are lived and breathed by everyone at the university. “Our immediate action program for refugees highlights our commitment to combining humanitarian aid with academic excellence,” explains President Wolfgang A. Herrmann. “In just a short space of time, we have set up a program that will play a key role in helping refugees integrate into everyday life in Munich and at our university. Within a few short weeks, over 350 students, employees and alumni signed up for the supporting mentoring program, “Buddies for Refugees”. We have also received significant financial support for the program from a private individual.”

The TUM has an extremely diverse international makeup. Currently, 22 percent of students, 19 percent of academic staff and 15 percent of professors are from countries other than Germany. The university offers a wide range of programs to help and support its international members, including language courses and intercultural workshops. Its diverse offering of music and sports activities also plays a major role in helping people quickly feel at home. 

In 2002, TUM founded TUM Asia in Singapore, making it the first German university to open a campus in a foreign country. Today, TUM has affiliated offices on five continents. At every site, the university initiates and supports research collaborations and the intercultural exchange of scientists and students.

The following departments, programs and campaigns play a key role in shaping the TUM’s identity as an open-minded university: 

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