In his written congratulatory statement DTU President Overgaard Bjarklev emphasized Herrmann's decisive contribution to the establishment of the joint EuroTech office in Brussels and his efforts to make the alliance an efficient, productive and leading-edge platform whose voice is heard in the European Commission. Bjarklev also praised the stable bilateral partnership between DTU and TUM in research and teaching, which he said is characterized by mutual trust and close collaboration thanks to Prof. Herrmann's personal dedication.
In expressing his gratitude, Herrmann stated: "EuroTech, which I had the privilege of founding together with my DTU colleague Pallesen, has developed into a model for the alliance of leading European universities. Europe needs the united integrative power of science now more than ever."
Roles and achievements
Herrmann led and shaped TUM as its President from 1995 until 2019. Today TUM research ranks among the strongest at Europe's universities; TUM has qualified as a University of Excellence continuously since 2006. Herrmann connected TUM with the world through rigorous internationalization, making it more and more attractive to students and researchers from foreign countries.
As President Emeritus Herrmann is now utilizing his national and international network on behalf of TUM. As a Managing Board member of the non-profit TUM University Foundation, which he founded in 2010, he plays an active role in promoting talent and acquiring TUM Partners of Excellence in university fundraising. He is also involved in the activities of TUM Asia in Singapore, which he founded in 2001. Herrmann is Chair of the Founding Advisory Board of the Deutsches Zentrum Mobilität der Zukunft (Munich) and of the Innovation Advisory Council Saxony.
The DTU Gold Medal has been awarded only 13 times since 1997. Herrmann is also the recipient of numerous other national and international honors including 13 honorary doctorates, the title of Commander of the French Legion of Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit and the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art.
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