Now that TUM is embracing the humanities and social sciences as part of the 2012 Excellence Initiative, the HfP as “Bavarian School of Public Policy” will focus on interactions between politics, society, the economy and technology. Five new professorships and a number of other positions will be created to complement the existing research and teaching resources at TUM. The interdisciplinary Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) will play an overarching role under their director, Prof. Sabine Maasen, who was appointed to the Chair of Sociology of Science from Basel University.
With its internationally renowned strengths in modern engineering, TUM is ideally placed to explore the relationship between technical progress and the molding of public opinion. “Following on from the digital revolution, which is completely transforming the economy and our everyday lives, engineers are now set to become key players in societal and political discourse,” commented TUM President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann on the landmark cross-party decision of the Parliament.
HfP at TUM: Current status
On December 1, 2014, TUM was installed as supporting university for the Hochschule für Politik (HfP) – Bavarian School of Public Policy. Details on the reform of the research profile and the study programs offerend by the HfP can be found on www.tum.de/hfp.