President Hofmann greets first-semester students in person on campus
Welcome to TUM!
In his welcoming address, TUM President Hofmann expressed how happy he was that students could finally return to TUM in person. Together with the TUM Board of Management and the deans of the various Schools and Departments, he called for reason and a sense of responsibility on the part of all those assembled in not underestimating the continuing danger of Corona; he also reminded everyone of the importance of being vaccinated.
President Hofmann showed the students the many opportunities and possibilities offered by TUM as a University of Excellence, ranging from first-rate teaching and worldwide leading scientific activities to special projects such as TUM Boring and TUM Hyperloop and the feeling of belonging to the TUM community, itself characterized by diversity and mutual respect. Hofmann offered them a valuable piece of advice: "Be genuine, be original, be yourself! Use TUM as your laboratory. We need your inspiration: The future is yours!"
This has been a semester of records for TUM: For the first time student enrollment exceeded 48,000, and the 38 percent share of international students is also the highest ever. In spite of the cool autumn temperatures, the diverse TUM community enjoyed a lively celebration at the reception for first-semester students. Following the custom at the opening of the Oktoberfest, President Hofmann himself drove the tap into a wooden keg of Weihenstephan beer, greeting the cheering crowd with the traditional call "O'zapft is!"