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Technische Universität München (TUM)
Technische Universität München
TU Muenchen Logo.png
Established 1868
Type Public
President Wolfgang A. Herrmann
Staff 7,356 (395 Professors; 4,160 Academic)[1]
Students 21,608[1]
Location Munich, Germany Germany
Affiliations German Universities Excellence Initiative

The Technische Universität München (TUM; sometimes translated as Munich University of Technology or Technical University Munich)[2] 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 Ertl who in 2007 received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry,[3][4] and was ranked as 35th in the world in 2009 according to Global University Ranking.[5]



Main campus entrance at Gabelsberger Street, Munich
  • 1868 University founded by King Ludwig II[6].
  • 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 Brewing in Weihenstephan.
  • 1949–1954: Reconstruction of the main building of the Technische Universität by Robert Vorhoelzer after 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 to ‘Technische Universität München’.
  • 2000 Establishment of Weihenstephan Science Centre for Life & Food Sciences, Land Use and Environment (WZW) belonging to the TUM.
  • 2002 The German Institute of Science and Technology founded in Singapore.
  • 2004 Official opening of Forschungsreaktor München II, a leading neutron source, on March 2.


main campus (dark brown building area) aerial view in Munich downtown

The TUM, like many German universities, is a “no campus” university. However, with further expansion plans for the Garching site, more and more departments are to be placed into 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 Munich
  • 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:

Advisory Committee

Werner-von-Siemens Auditorium Maximum at main campus in downtown Munich.

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:


Currently TUM has approx. 21,600 students in undergraduate and graduate programs of which 3,700 are foreign students.


Technische Universität München at Garching, a suburb of Munich
Faculty Building for Math and Computer Science in Garching
Interior of the Faculty Building for Math and Computer Science

TUM has 395 professors, 4,160 academic and 2,801 non-academic staff.[1]

TUM is divided into 13 departments:

  • Architecture
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering and Surveying
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Informatics (Computer Science)
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine, including the university hospital “Rechts der Isar”
  • Physics
  • Sports Science
  • Weihenstephan Center for Life and Food Science
  • Education

Academic reputation


Subject ranking among top German universities

TUM is highly ranked by DAAD on 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.[7]

  • 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

Nobel Prize

Pritzker Prize

  1. 1986 Gottfried BöhmArchitecture

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

  1. 2001 Arthur Konnerth — Neurophysiology
  2. 1997 Jean Karen Gregory — Materials Science
  3. 1997 Ernst Mayr — Computer Science
  4. 1995 Gerhard Hirzinger — Computer Science
  5. 1994 Manfred Broy — Computer Science
  6. 1991 Karl-Heinz Hoffmann — Applied Mathematics
  7. 1989 Joachim Milberg — Production Technology, Mechanical Engineering
  8. 1987 Gerhard Abstreiter — Semiconductor Physics
  9. 1987 Wolfgang A. Herrmann — Inorganic Chemistry
  10. 1987 Hubert Schmidbaur — Inorganic Chemistry


TUM's first spin-off is the German Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), located in Singapore (together with National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University).

TUM has currently over 130 international partnerships, among them:

TUM is also a partner of LAOTSE, an international network for student and senior lecturers among leading European and Asian universities, as well as a member of the TIME network (Top Industrial Managers for Europe).

See also


  1. ^ a b c "TUM Facts 2006 (TUM Figures)". Technische Universität München. Retrieved 2007-11-18.  
  2. ^ According to official policy, the name “Technische Universität München” shall not be translated into any other languages in any documents produced by university members. If a translation is given in addition to the name as a reference, it shall be translated as University of Technology, Munich.
  3. ^ DW New York (13 October 2006). "Germany Chooses Munich, Karlsruhe as Elite Universities". Deutsche Welle.,2144,2203600,00.html. Retrieved 2006-10-14.  
  4. ^ Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) (13 October 2006). "Decisions on the First Round of the Excellence Initiative Announced". Press release. Retrieved 2006-10-14.  
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  7. ^ "Top German Universities Subject Rankings 2007". Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). Retrieved 2008-03-01.  
  8. ^ IMCC

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Coordinates: 48°08′53″N 11°34′05″E / 48.14806°N 11.56806°E / 48.14806; 11.56806


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