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Institutional Strategy, Graduate School and Research Clusters:

TUM retains its title of University of Excellence

Research at TUM will be funded by the excellence initiative furthermore. (Photo: U. Benz / TUM)

15.06.2012, News

Technische Universität München (TUM) has retained its “University of Excellence” title. Today, TUM’s institutional strategy was approved with its Tenure Track career system for young scientists – the first of its kind in Germany. In addition, TUM plans to intensify cutting-edge research at its interdisciplinary Integrative Research Centers. It is setting up new centers for research into diversity and the social impact of technology (Munich Center for Technology in Society). TUM was also commended for its International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE) and four Clusters of Excellence in collaboration with LMU Munich. At least € 165 million in funding is to be awarded to TUM between 2012 and 2017.

For the second time, the German Council of Science and Humanities and the German Research Foundation have named TUM a University of Excellence. The key deciding factor for the nomination was TUM’s institutional strategy – centered on fostering an entrepreneurial approach to attract and promote a diversity of talents and on promoting interdisciplinary research to tackle the main challenges facing the world and actively engage with society.

“This latest success is a triumph for Munich as a hub of scientific excellence. We are delighted that its two main universities, TUM and LMU, have established themselves as world-class centers of research,” remarked TUM President Wolfgang A. Herrmann. “The resounding vote in our favor from experts around the world encourages us to continue on our pioneering modernization path as we transition to a scientific, entrepreneurial and international university.” According to Herrmann, TUM’s deep roots in Munich – one of Europe’s most vibrant metropolitan areas – are just as important as gaining a foothold in parts of the world “which will be setting the pace in years to come.” He continues, “We believe that the key to competiveness lies in forging a strong university community with its own identity – something we have already achieved at TUM.”

Read more: http://portal.mytum.de/pressestelle/pressemitteilungen/NewsArticle_20120614_154531

Kontakt: presse@tum.de

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