- Technical University of Munich
name = Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM)
native_name = Technische Universität München
president = Wolfgang A. Herrmann
type = Public
staff = 7,356 (395 Professors; 4,160 Academic)
students = 21,608
doctoral = 729
German Universities Excellence Initiative
website = [http://www.tum.de www.tum.de]
Technische Universität München (TUM, "technical university of Munich" [Accoring to official policy, in publications of university members the name "Technische Universität München" shall not be translated] ) is a research university with campuses in
Munich, Garching, and Weihenstephan.
TUM is among the highest acclaimed universities in Germany, producing several Nobel Laureates including
Gerhard Ertlwho in 2007 received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.cite news | author= DW New York | title=Germany Chooses Munich, Karlsruhe as Elite Universities | url=http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,2203600,00.html | work=Deutsche Welle | date=13 October 2006 | accessdate=2006-10-14] cite press release | url=http://www.dfg.de/en/news/press_releases/2006/press_release_2006_54.html | title=Decisions on the First Round of the Excellence Initiative Announced | publisher=Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) | date=13 October 2006 | accessdate=2006-10-14]
King Ludwig IIfounded a 'Polytechnic School' reorganized like a university.
*1877 Awarded the designation 'Technische Hochschule'.
*1901 Granted the right to award doctorates.
*1902 Approval of the election of the Principal by the teaching staff.
*1930 Integration of the
College of Agriculture and Brewingin Weihenstephan.
*1949-1954: Reconstruction of the main building of the Technische Universität by
Robert Vorhoelzerafter WWII. Construction of a new administrational building and library.
*1957 Given the status of a 'public legal body'.
*1958 Research Reactor Munich (FRM), Garching officially assigned to the TH München.
*1967 Establishment of a faculty of medicine
*1970 Renamed 'Technische Universität München'.
*2000 Establishment of
Weihenstephan Science Centre for Life & Food Sciences, Land Use and Environment (WZW)belonging to the TUM.
German Institute of Science and Technologyfounded in Singapore.
*2004 Official opening of
Forschungsreaktor München II, a leading neutron source, on March 2.
The TUM, like many German universities, is a "no campus" university. However, with new expansion planned in Garching, more and more departments will be placed into the new buildings in Garching. The Garching campus, unlike the downtown area, is set up more like a traditional "quadrangle" style campus with a large grouping of buildings. At the moment, university buildings are spread over four main and several minor locations:
* Main campus in downtown
Garching(Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering...), complete with an on-campus General Electric Company facility
Weihenstephan(Center for Life and Food Science)
* Hospital "
Klinikum Rechts der Isar" (Medicine), Munich-
TUM Extended Board of Management
The Extended Board of Management advises the Executive Board of Management and assists in discharging its duties. Alongside the Chief Executives (President, Chancellor, Vice Presidents), it consists of the Department Deans, the Speaker for the Central Scientific Institutions and the Speaker for the Deans of Studies.
TUM Supervisory Board
The TUM Supervisory Board is the TUM's monitoring body and 'steering' committee comprising the members of the Senate and the External University Council. The External University Council comprises eight high-ranking representatives from the fields of science, culture, industry and politics.Current members include:
Susanne Klatten, Member of the Supervisory Board, Altana, BMW AG
The Advisory Committee, or 'Kuratorium', consists of up to 15 high-ranking persons from industry, culture and politics who support, advise and sponsor the Technische Universität in the public domain.Current members include:
Manfred Bischoff, Chairman of the Board of Directors, EADS
Henning Kagemann, CEO, SAP AG
Christian Ude, Mayor of Munich
Stefan Vilsmeier, Chairman of the Board, [http://www.brainlab.com/scripts/website_english.asp BrainLab AG]
Angelika Niebler, Member of the European Parliament
Hildegund Holzheid, Former President of the Bavarian Constitutional Court
Edeltraud Böhm-Amtmann, Principal of the Bavarian delegation to the EU
Currently TUM has approx. 21,600 students in undergraduate and graduate programs of which 3,700 are foreign students.
TUM has 395 professors, 4,160 academic and 2,801 non-academic staff. cite web | url=http://portal.mytum.de/cop/tum_in_zahlen/tum_in_zahlen_2006 | title=TUM Facts 2006 (TUM Figures) | publisher=Technische Universität München | accessdate=2007-11-18]
The TUM is divided into 12 departments:
* Business Administration
* Civil Engineering and Surveying
* Electrical and Electronic Engineering
* Informatics (Computer Science)
* Mechanical Engineering
* Medicine with the university hospital "Rechts der Isar"
* Sports Science
* Weihenstephan Center for Life and Food Science
Subject ranking among top German universities
TUM is highly ranked by
DAADon the subject-specific ranking system, in which, universities are shown in alphabetical order in ranking groups (Top Group, Middle Group, Final Group or Not Ranked). The best universities concerning a certain subfield, are found in Top Group; while the worst ones lie in Final Group. Generally, two to four universities are in Top Group.cite web | url=http://www.daad.de/deutschland/hochschulen/hochschulranking/06543.en.html?module=Hochschule&do=show&id=34 | title=Top German Universities Subject Rankings 2007 | publisher=Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) | accessdate=2008-03-01]
* Architecture (top)
* Biochemistry (no info)
* Biology (middle)
* Business Administration (top)
* Business Computing (not ranked)
* Chemistry (top)
* Civil Engineering (top)
* Computer Science (top)
* Electrical and Information Engineering (top)
* Food Chemistry (no info)
* Geoscience (top)
* Human Medicine (middle)
* Mathematics (top)
* Mechanical Engineering (top)
* Physics (top)
* Process- and Chemical-Engineering (top)
TUM features a strong, characteristic profile in the fields of Science and Engineering. Alongside the traditional key areas addressed by Technical Universities, powerful links have been also established with the Life Sciences, ranging from Nutrition and Food Sciences, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics to Medicine. Much of its innovative research and teaching has emerged from collaborations between the disciplines.
Major award laureates
Heinrich Otto Wieland, Chemistry
Thomas Mann, Literature
Hans Fischer, Chemistry
Rudolf L. Mößbauer, Physics ("Mößbauer-Effect")
Feodor Lynen, Medicine or Physiology
Konrad Emil Bloch, Medicine or Physiology
John Robert Schrieffer, Physics
Ernst Otto Fischer, Chemistry ("Sandwich Complexes")
Klaus von Klitzing, Physics ("Quantum-Hall-Effect")
Ernst Ruska, Physics ("Electron Microscope")
Karl Alexander Müller, Physics
Johann Deisenhofer, Chemistry
Robert Huber, Chemistry
Wolfgang Paul, Physics ("ion trap")
Erwin Neher, Medicine or Physiology
Richard Robert Ernst, Chemistry
Karl Barry Sharpless, Chemistry
Ryoji Noyori, Chemistry
Wolfgang Ketterle, Physics
Gerhard Ertl, Chemistry
Gottfried Böhm- Architecture Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize
Arthur Konnerth- Neurophysiology
Jean Karen Gregory- Materials Science
#1997 Ernst Mayr - Computer Science
Gerhard Hirzinger- Computer Science
Manfred Broy- Computer Science
Karl-Heinz Hoffmann- Applied Mathematics
Joachim Milberg- Production Technology, Mechanical Engineering
Gerhard Abstreiter- Semiconductor Physics
Wolfgang A. Herrmann- Inorganic Chemistry
Hubert Schmidbaur- Inorganic Chemistry
TUM's first spin-off is the
German Institute of Science and Technology(GIST), in Singapore (together with National University of Singaporeand Nanyang Technological University).
TUM has currently over 130 international partnerships, among them :
École Centrale Paris, TU Eindhoven, Technical University of Denmark, Technical University of Vienna,
MIT, Stanford University, University of Illinois, Cornell University, University of Texas at Austin IMCC,
National University of Singapore, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, University of Tokyo,
University of Melbourne, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, ...
TUM is also a partner of
LAOTSE, an international network for student and senior lecturers among leading European and Asian universities.
TUM is also a member of the TIME network (
Top Industrial Managers for Europe).
Education in Germany
List of universities in Germany
* [http://www.tum.de Official site]
* [http://www.med.tu-muenchen.de Klinikum Rechts der Isar]
* [http://www.frm2.tum.de Forschungsneutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM-II)]
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