TUM is the only technical university to place among the winners in every round since the inception of the excellence competition in 2006.
TUM is the only technical university to place among the winners in every round since the inception of the excellence competition in 2006.
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In top form for the futureTUM remains University of Excellence

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has secured the title "University of Excellence" for the third time in succession. As announced today by Anja Karliczek, the Federal Minister for Education and Research, the excellence strategy "TUM.THE ENTREPRENEURIAL UNIVERSITY – Innovation by Talents, Excellence, and Responsibility" proved a winning formula. That makes TUM the only technical university to place among the winners in every round since the inception of the federal and state-level excellence competition in 2006.

"After securing this latest accomplishment, I will be pleased to hand over the office of president to my successor, Thomas Hofmann, on October 1," said President Wolfgang A. Herrmann, who has been in office for 24 years. "Our far-reaching and consistent reform efforts over the past two decades have proved that we were on the right track. We have set new standards in many areas, and are now positioned among the leaders and ready for the future." The President thanked the State of Bavaria for the ongoing support of his university. With the prize money of 105 million euros for the 2019 - 2026 period, the TUM Agenda 2030 can now be implemented.

TUM Agenda 2030

The TUM Agenda 2030 is centered around the development of talent and competencies on all levels. This is reflected in the realignment of engineering education to embrace the concept of human-centered engineering (approx. 31 million euros), integrated into massive restructuring efforts in the humanities and social sciences and the establishment of the interdisciplinary institutes for Technology Design, Data Science and Life Long Learning. By re-anchoring the idea of "German engineering", with its sterling reputation, within the process of societal transformation, TUM is blazing a new trail in the German university landscape. The Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), established after the success in the 2012 Excellence Initiative, will play a key role in that regard.

From the departmental structure to a school system

The new governance structures will bring about extensive substantive and organizational changes to promote a stronger international presence and more interdisciplinary activity: The familiar 15 departments will be replaced by seven schools that will widen TUM's radius of action at the interfaces of the classical disciplines. With the TUM Innovation Networks (16 million euros), research-driven thematic areas will be established to place the focus of engineering and medical research on the big challenges facing society. TUM's successful medical activities (university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar, German Heart Center) will be positioned within a matrix structure encompassing the full range of fields covered by TUM, along with medical research conducted outside academia.

Gain in international competency for the administration

The research administration functions at TUM are leaving behind their established procedures in favor of a more customer-focused, digital and international approach, inspired by the dynamic developments in scientific research at TUM and the university's global networking. For this purpose, TUM will invest approximately 9 million euros. Under the Maximilian Graf Montgelas Program, administrative personnel will have the opportunity to gain international experience through postings abroad. TUM is also establishing a university marketing function from the ground up – the first of its kind in German academia. It will also integrate the existing national and international scientific communication activities (5 million euros)

Leading-edge research; promotion of careers and advancement of women

Leading-edge international research will be promoted with 4.5 million euros in funding for the existing, highly successful TUM Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS). Meanwhile, the new Angela Molitoris Program will receive 10 million euros from the TUM budget to invest in the advancement of women (outstanding students, academic staff and professors). Meanwhile, CareerDesign@TUM points the way forward for German universities: This innovative career program will help to spot talent in mid-level academic functions with the support of the Institute for Life Long Learning, which also addresses the needs of alumni in the career world in the age of rapid digitalization and biologization of engineering sciences.

Internationalization via TUM.Global: Focus on Europe and Africa

Two decades after the successful creation of the Asian network (including TUM.Asia in Singapore, starting in 2001), TUM is directing its attention to Europe (e.g. TUM.London) and is also mounting a concerted effort to establish a presence on the African continent (TUM.Africa). The renowned Imperial College London will play a key role in TUM's European alliance structure from this time onward.

ONE MUNICH: networking strategy in the metropolitan region

The extraordinary academic and entrepreneurial environment in the European metropolitan region of Munich is the basis for the thematic focus of the ONE MUNICH strategy. "Competition no longer takes place between individual universities, but rather between locations and regions," said future TUM President Thomas Hofmann. "Munich can easily compete with Berlin or even regions like Boston and San Francisco." Munich's two top universities, TUM and LMU, coordinate their regional alliance at the presidential level. The alliance, which has been proving its worth in terms of research for years, is now being placed on a strategic footing.

Comprehensive reform package, 2019 - 2026

To achieve its ambitious goals and generate beneficial effects for the entire German university system, TUM will also make substantial investments with its own funds in TUM Agenda 2030, which will be the most far-reaching transformation process in its 150-year history. For the entire project, a total of over 270 million euros is budgeted.

  • Broadcasting of the press conference in TUM's Vorhölzer Forum.
    Broadcasting of the press conference in TUM's Vorhölzer Forum. Image: Heddergott / TUM
  • Prof. Claudia Peus, Senior Vice President Talent Management and Diversity, and Dr. Eva Sandmann, TUM's Gender Equality Officer.
    Prof. Claudia Peus, Senior Vice President Talent Management and Diversity, and Dr. Eva Sandmann, TUM's Gender Equality Officer. Image: Heddergott / TUM
  • President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann.
    President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann. Image: Heddergott / TUM
  • President elect Prof. Thomas Hofmann.
    President elect Prof. Thomas Hofmann. Image: Heddergott / TUM

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