TUM Industry on Campus partner invests 100 million euros

SAP research center opened at TUM Campus Garching

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and SAP are deepening their intensive partnership with a new research center for artificial intelligence on the Garching campus. With an investment volume of 100 million euros, the building complex was officially opened on Wednesday. In the future, 700 SAP employees and 120 TUM researchers will work together on software solutions there.

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The new joint research building of SAP and TUM on the Garching campus.

The aim of the partnership is to significantly advance technological development in the age of digitalization. TUM will move into the SAP Labs Munich Campus complex with nine chairs. The research focuses on artificial intelligence and covers areas such as the digital supply chain, environment, social and governance, the future of work, synthetic data, and quantum computing.

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Great joy for all partners involved (from left): SAP Board Member Thomas Saueressig, TUM President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann, Bavaria's Minister of Science Markus Blume, SAP CEO Christian Klein

Discovering the future together

Bavaria's Science Minister Markus Blume said: "Software forge meets institution of excellence: Europe's largest software company SAP and our TU Munich, Germany's best university, are launching a pioneering research collaboration. At the new SAP Labs Campus, members of TUM and SAP are working together to turn clever ideas into new innovations. The next outstanding center of excellence for science and business is being created in Garching. The cooperation between TUM and SAP is the most extensive of its kind in Germany and the new campus fits perfectly into our Bavarian innovation ecosystem. This opens up the best future opportunities for Bavaria, from Bavaria and beyond!"

President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann said: "As TUM, we have enjoyed a long, successful, and trusting collaboration with SAP. I am very pleased that we can further deepen and expand this partnership with the new research building on our campus in Garching. We build a bridge between academic excellence and entrepreneurial innovation to transform pioneering ideas into marketable and competitive products."

SAP Executive Board member Thomas Saueressig emphasized: "The SAP Labs Munich Campus is a vibrant center for interdisciplinary collaboration within an open ecosystem. Customers, partners, TUM employees, students, start-ups, SAP employees, and guests come together here. The campus stands for innovation and cooperation and underlines the long-standing, close relationship between SAP and TUM. This is a place for development and joint research into the future. That's great."

The connection between TUM and SAP has existed since 2003, focusing not only on research and development but also on the scientific training of students and doctoral candidates. They can test and expand their skills on specific challenges from the business world and develop directly applicable solutions.

Further information and links

TUM Industry Engagement Program

Other Industry on Campus partners of TUM besides SAP are:

  • BMW
  • Dräxlmaier
  • Oerlikon
  • Siemens

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Scientific Officer for Research and Business Cooperation
Technical University of Munich
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