Mission Statement and Teaching Constitution
The TUM Teaching Constitution documents the university's self-image as a teaching institution. It describes university-wide principles for teaching and serves as a basis for formulating concrete goals for the further development of teaching. It is supplemented by the mission statement Good Teaching and Learning, which expresses the self-image of a positive learning and teaching culture.
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is committed to uniting excellent research with excellent teaching: Teaching on the pulse of science.
The superlative reputation of our graduates bears testimony to our successful union of professional training with cutting-edge research. The current Times Higher Education (THE) "Global University Employability Ranking" has ranked TUM 6th worldwide — framed by Stanford and Princeton. In the "Academic Ranking of World Universities" (ARWU, Shanghai Ranking), we have been included in Germany‘s top trio year after year.
The following TUM Teaching Constitution has been drawn up in response to the recommendations of the German Council of Science and Humanities in 2017 to document our institution’s self-concept as a place of learning and teaching. Taking our 2011 teaching mission statement as its starting point, the TUM Teaching Constitution goes a step further by providing a detailed set of transdisciplinary guidelines and principles of instruction drawn from current scientific, technological, social and didactic developments. In particular, we account for the new challenges and possibilities arising from digitalization that complement the range of contemporary instructional approaches, both in terms of teaching content and format.
This document serves as the basis for concrete and binding goals for the continued enhancement of teaching at TUM, which have been defined collaboratively by the TUM schools and departments, together with the Integrative Research Centers. TUM AGENDA 2030 heralds our commitment to the large-scale expansion of the humanities, social and educational sciences in an effort to imbue our graduates with an understanding of the social impact of our respective disciplines during their studies. A "Human-Centric Engineering and Future Design" thus replaces the traditional, narrowly disciplinary focus of educational content and structures with inter- and cross-disciplinary education (Scientiis et Artibus) that will prepare our graduates for the future.
Munich, 10 December 2018
Wolfgang A. Herrmann