Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability
The Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability is a new Integrative Research Center at the Technical University of Munich. Its focus in research and teaching makes the new center unique: It will concentrate on renewable resources, biotechnology and bioeconomy. For this, new interdisciplinary degree programs will be established, that nationwide are only offered by TUM in Straubing.
Fully integrated into the university
Following an unanimous decision by the Bavarian Parliament on July 19, 2017, the Technical University of Munich will fully integrate Campus Straubing with effect from October 1, 2017 and constitute it as an Integrative Research Center, or IRC for short. IRCs take an interdisciplinary approach to research and are entitled to award doctorates. The Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences will continue to act as TUM's cooperation partner in Straubing.
A total of ten new degree programs are planned. Three of them will be launched in the 2017/18 winter semester:
- Bachelor's program in Chemical Biotechnology
- Bachelor's program in Management and Technology
- Master's program in Biomass Technology
The 2018/19 winter semester will see the introduction of both a bachelor's and a master's program in bioeconomy. This kind of bachelor's program is a first for Germany.
TUM's fourth location will gradually expand to include 30 professorships. Looking beyond the existing focus on renewable resources, Straubing will also be adding biotechnology and bioeconomy to its core disciplines. The first new appointments will be:
- 6 business management professors with a focus on bioeconomy
- 3 professors in Microbiology, Biological Process Engineering, as well as Organic Chemistry and Microreaction Technology
Appointment processes are currently ongoing.
As part of the expansion plans for the location, a new laboratory and lecture hall building for sustainable chemistry will provide 8,000 m2 of space for research laboratories, offices, seminar rooms, working facilities and a divisible lecture hall.