Excellence in research: The Technical University of Munich

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) serves society by looking for answers to the major science and technology challenges of the future – with world-class researchers working to the highest standards of scientific excellence. It ranks as one of Europe’s leading technical universities and has been a multiple winner under Germany’s Excellence Initiative. In fall 2018, TUM got off to a strong start in the new excellence competition of the German Government and the federal states: the Excellence Strategy, aimed at propelling cutting-edge German research to the forefront of the international stage and keep it there.

Clusters of Excellence

The ORIGINS cluster seeks to unravel the mystery shrouding the beginnings of the universe. (Image: Helix-Nebula – ESO/VISTA/J. Emerson)
The ORIGINS cluster seeks to unravel the mystery shrouding the beginnings of the universe. (Image: Helix-Nebula – ESO/VISTA/J. Emerson)

Off to a strong start in the new excellence in research competition: From 2019 onwards, TUM and its partners will seek answers to burning scientific questions through these new Clusters of Excellence.

Excellent since 2006

The TUM Institute for Advanced Study – the central building block in TUM’s first institutional strategy. (Image: Astrid Eckert)
The TUM Institute for Advanced Study – the central building block in TUM’s first institutional strategy. (Image: Astrid Eckert)

TUM is the only technical university in Germany to have held the title “University of Excellence” consecutively since 2006. Its two-time success in the Excellence Initiative organized by the German government and the federal states has transformed it into a modern entrepreneurial university of international standing. University of Excellence

What is the Excellence Strategy?

From 2019, the German government and federal states will promote outstanding scientific research with a new funding program: the Excellence Strategy. The objective is to provide long-term financial support to select German Universities of Excellence and innovative research projects. Excellence Strategy

Profile video: Introducing TUM (3:14 min.)