TUM is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings.
Our mission statement: We invest in talents. Recognition is
1. Support and enable an innovative society
Reflecting its fundamental mission to serve society,
Technische Universität München (TUM), is committed to progress and innovation
in the fields of science that promise sustainable improvement in how people and
society live. Out of our sense of responsibility for future generations, we
have established interdisciplinary research areas in: Health & Nutrition •
Energy & Natural Resources • Environment & Climate • Information &
Communications • Mobility & Infrastructure.
2. Aim for the highest international standards
At TUM, we measure our scientific, structural and
organizational performance according to the best international standards.
Therefore we build international networks and draw on international alliances
with leading teaching and research institutions to define our benchmarks. And
our “Emerging Field Policy” has opened up new fields of development between
science and industry.
3. Foster an open, culturally diverse mindset
At TUM, we view internationality as a mindset connecting our
home with the world. We welcome talent from all over the globe. Based on a
liberal set of values grounded in an enlightened society, our open-minded
network promotes respect for the cultural identity of people in other regions
and cultures of the world. With our international presence in science and
technology, we want to foster better understanding between nations.
4. Encourage ethical awareness in young talent
Our focus is on our young talents. They are shaping the
future. We support them in achieving their own potential and promoting their
individual talents by integrating them in an environment populated by
experienced and accomplished senior scientists. Our educational goals include
professional expertise, good judgment and a sense of responsibility.
Intellectual and emotional creativity, cultural sensitivity and social skills
are as important to us as professional confidence and entrepreneurial courage.
We offer targeted support for the most gifted young scientists through the TUM:
Junge Akademie, the TUM Graduate School, and the TUM Institute for Advanced
5. Think and act like an entrepreneur
TUM is committed to the concept of a competitive,
entrepreneurial university. We proactively bring results from fundamental
research into market-oriented innovation processes and encourage an
entrepreneurial spirit in all aspects of university life. We encourage TUM
members to found growth-oriented startups and support them with
non-bureaucratic services until they achieve a strong foothold in their market.
Our entrepreneurial activities are clearly geared towards taking a leadership
role in Europe through the foundation of research-based technology startups.
6. Creating Value by Living Our Values
TUM esteems variety, diversity and individuality within the
family. This culture of appreciation adds significantly to our creation of
values. We actively promote equal opportunities for women and men. We are also
determined to become Germany’s most attractive technical university for women.
As a family-oriented university, we invest in balancing family life, study and
a professional needs. Our focus is firmly on our young talent.
7. Engaged in dialogue with society and the general public
TUM is responsible for encouraging dialogue in society. Our
aim is to equip our students with the capacity to accompany social change with
a sense of responsibility. Our broad portfolio including the TUM School of
Education, the TUM School of Management and the Munich Center for Technology in
Society (MCTS), coupled with our role as supporting university of the
Hochschule für Politik – Bavarian School of Public Policy, give us a unique
framework for holistic evaluation and steering processes. We actively seek out
dialogue with the general public. Society should know what we are working on in
science and technology for our future, and how we are preparing young people
for tomorrow’s challenges. Dialogue with society helps us align our research
and teaching priorities.
8. Contract Between Generations
The TUM family profits from mutual support and networking
between its members across disciplines, nationalities, and generations. It
unites the enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity of students, the creative spirit
of graduates and the life experience of alumni in a worldwide network. We value
the expertise of our TUM Emeriti of Excellence and their active participation
as helpful advisors.
There is more to life at Technische Universität München
(TUM) than lectures and exams. Our students find a variety of ways to immerse
themselves in campus life. They organize festivals. They get involved in
student bodies. They join music clubs or set up creative research projects. TUM
actively encourages these character-building activities.
Festivals: TUNIX, GARNIX und Co
Each summer semester, over 150 volunteers spring into action
for two major festivals: TUNIX at Munich’s Königsplatz and GARNIX at the
Garching campus. The atmosphere is buzzing, young bands get a chance to
perform, ice-cold beer is on top and the barbecues are sizzling. StuStaCulum is
another legendary summer event. It takes place at the Studentenstadt – Germany’s
largest halls of residence.
Legendary uni film club
Most weeks during term, the film club TU Filmscreens a new
movie – showing everything from blockbusters through low-budget masterpieces to
all-time classics. The historic Carl-von-Linde lecture theater is the venue.
True to tradition, the club showsDie Feuerzangenbowle (The Punch Bowl) every
year just before Christmas. This school-set German film from the 1940s has
become a cult favorite with students.