If a university wants to gather the smartest researchers under its roof, it has to look far afield. That is why Technische Universität München (TUM) searches the four corners of the globe to find talented scientists.
As an entrepreneurial university, TUM takes a proactive stance in order to extend its international reach. TUM operates offices abroad in Singapore, Beijing, Mumbai, São Paulo, Brussels, Cairo, and San Francisco.
From its various international locations, TUM recruits the most talented scientists and students. It networks at local level and fosters partnerships with universities, companies and funding organizations. It also maintains close contact with its alumni living abroad. Under the umbrella of this international strategy, the individual locations define their own local priorities and goals.
The Singapore and Brussels locations have a special status: By setting up the German Institute of Science and Technology – TUM Asia in 2002, TUM became the first German university to establish a foreign campus. TUM Asia educates students from several continents, and at its Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), researchers are developing electromobility concepts for megacities in tropical and subtropical regions.
The office in Brussels – Europe’s “capital city” – will act as a networking hub for the EuroTech University Alliance. Created in 2006, this alliance has seen TUM forge close partnerships with Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU), Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
Visiting scientist programs
TUM has largely increased the number of its foreign appointments in the past years. The university would like to add even more international scientists to its ranks – through the Tenure Track program in particular.
In a bid to develop a new postdoc culture, TUM intends to award 50 “Postdoc Mobility Fellowships” every year for the Research Opportunities Week (ROW). The guests will generally be attached to the institutes funded by the Excellence Initiative, i.e., the Graduate Schools, the Clusters of Excellence and the Integrative Research Centers. The most outstanding of these fellows will receive research grants for one years: The TUM University Foundation Fellowships (TUFF).
The August-Wilhelm Scheer Visiting Professorship program enriches the vibrant research culture at TUM by awarding a Visiting Professorship to 25 elite researchers each year. Their stays may last from one week upto two semesters.