Dr. Tony Tan was a strong supporter of TUM’s campus in Singapore from the outset and as such has played a major role in the success of TUM Asia Pte. Ltd. since its foundation in 2002, according to Herrmann.
Dr. Tan held the office of President of the Republic of Singapore from 2011 to 2017 after serving in various ministries from 1995 to 2005 as Deputy Prime Minister. A graduate of mathematics and economics from the National University of Singapore, MIT and the University of Adelaide, Dr. Tan set up the CREATE joint research platform during his Chairmanship of the National Research Foundation (NRF). From 2010 onwards, he won numerous top international universities over to the CREATE platform (including MIT, Berkeley, ETH Zurich, TUM, Hebrew University, and Technion).
On a visit to TUM Asia, TUM President Wolfgang A. Herrmann presented the Golden Ring of Honor to Tony Tan.Image: TUM Asia
Graduates from TUM Asia celebrated completion of their studies with a TUM delegation led by President Herrmann.Image: Courtesy of Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)
At the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013, TUM CREATE presented the EVA electric taxi, which was purpose-designed for tropical megacities.Image: Karsten Schröder / TUM
In Singapore, TUM Asia offers accredited Bachelor and Master degree programs. The research programs, currently supported by around 80 doctoral candidates, are organized within TUM CREATE. The research topics are mainly technical in nature with a focus on e-mobility for megacities, integrated traffic systems and smart logistics.