• 1/10/2024
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For the exceptional support of student engagement

TUM honored as a “Committed University”

There are around 170 Student Clubs active at our university. They promote sustainability, engage socially, develop advanced technologies, and create ambitious business ideas. TUM strives to provide them with the best possible support – with advisory services, workshops and training sessions, spaces, and the annual TUM Student Club Fair. As one of only three universities to date, TUM has now been recognized as a “Committed University” by the Association of German Student Initiatives (VDSI).

Impression of the TUM Student Club Fair at the Garching campus: Students in the main hall of the Mechanical Engineering building, at a crossing a blue banner with the inscription “TUM Student Club Fair” Jan Matthies / TUM
Student initiatives present their work at the TUM Student Club Fair

Whether they are bringing sustainability to the campus, enriching their studies with art and culture, advocating for equal opportunities in education, promoting exchange across disciplines and national borders, developing innovative technological solutions, networking with industry, or founding their own company: Students’ engagement at TUM has many facets, generates countless creative ideas, and enriches campus life at our university. Around 170 Student Clubs offer students space and networks to pursue their interests, develop their talents, and pursue their visions.

Creating optimal conditions for student engagement

That is why TUM is committed to supporting the wide range of student activities at our university. Student Clubs do valuable voluntary work not only for the university community, but also for society as a whole. This work is to be encouraged and supported through the best possible environment. TUM has therefore created a dedicated office to support student initiatives, but also to bundle the services of other departments such as ProLehre, TUM ForTe, or the Freunde der TUM e.V. (Friends of TUM). TUM Student Clubs can take advantage of specific advisory services, receive help with funding or finding rooms, attend workshops and training sessions to strengthen key qualifications, and present themselves to students and staff at the annual TUM Student Club Fair.

Certification by the VDSI

The Association of German Student Initiatives (VDSI) recognizes these activities with the “Committed University” certificate. The VDSI is an association of 16 of the largest student initiatives in Germany and represents over 100,000 students. On behalf of its member organizations, it campaigns for the interests of students involved in extracurricular projects. The “Committed University” certificate is awarded to universities that make a special effort to promote voluntary student activities. TUM is one of only three certified universities whose outstanding commitment has been honored in this way.

For TUM, the award is both an acknowledgement and a mandate: the support services geared towards the needs of the student clubs are to be further expanded and the dialog with student groups and other “committed universities” intensified. In this way, TUM aims to create the best conditions for students to tackle the challenges of our time with their projects in an innovative, creative and courageous way.

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