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€1.329 billion (2015)

+49 89 28901

Ludwig II of Bavaria

Wolfgang A. Herrmann

1868 (1868)

Total enrollment
39,081 (2015)



Technical University of Munich

Die unternehmerische Universität

Motto in English
The Entrepreneurial University

Academic affiliation

Arcisstraße 21, 80333 München, Germany

Notable alumni
Ernst Otto Fischer, Rudolf Mössbauer, Gerhard Ertl, Rudolf Diesel, Wolfgang Ketterle

Ludwig Maximilian University, Free University of Berlin, RWTH Aachen University, Heidelberg University, Humboldt University of Berlin


The Technical University of Munich (TUM) (German: Technische Universität München) is a research university with campuses in Munich, Garching and Freising-Weihenstephan. It is a member of TU9, an incorporated society of the largest and most notable German institutes of technology.


TUM's alumni include 13 Nobel laureates, 18 Leibniz Prizewinners and 10 IEEE Fellow Members.

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  • 1868 University founded by King Ludwig II.
  • 1877 Awarded the designation Königlich Bayerische Technische Hochschule München.
  • 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’.
  • 1993 Establishment of a faculty of informatics
  • 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.
  • 2005 TUM Institute for Advanced Study founded
  • 2006 TUM one of three successful universities in Germany's excellence initiative
  • 2009 TUM School of Education established
  • 2012 TUM again one of now 11 successful universities in Germany's excellence initiative
  • From an agricultural state to an industrial state

    In its capacity as an academic stronghold of technology and science, the Technical University of Munich has played a vital role in Bavaria's transition from an agricultural state to an industrial state and Hi-Tech centre. Even to the present day, it is still the only state university dedicated to technology. Numerous excellent TUM professors have secured their place in the history of technology, many important scientists, architects, engineers and entrepreneurs studied there. Such names as Karl Max von Bauernfeind, Rudolf Diesel, Claude Dornier, Walther von Dyck, Hans Fischer (Nobel prize for Chemistry 1930), Ernst Otto Fischer (Nobel prize for Chemistry 1973), August Föppl, Robert Huber (Nobel prize for Chemistry 1988), Carl von Linde, Heinz Maier-Leibnitz, Walther Meissner, Rudolf Mössbauer (1961 Nobel prize for Physics), Willy Messerschmitt (aircraft designer), Wilhelm Nusselt, Hans Piloty, Friedrich von Thiersch, Franz von Soxhlet are closely connected with the TUM.

    The prerequisites for an academic training in engineering were created at the start of the 19th century when the advancement of technology on the basis of exact sciences commenced. There were also calls for a 'university for all technical studies' in Bavaria. The 'polytechnic schools' set up in Augsburg, Munich and Nuremberg, which bridged the gap between middle schools and higher education colleges in their capacity as 'lyceums' (or high schools), were the first approach. For further qualification purposes, a 'technical college' was set up in 1833 as part of the Faculty of State Finance (Staatswirtschaftlichen Fakultät) of the Ludwig Maximilian University, which had been transferred from Landshut to Munich seven years previously. The experiment failed. Instead, an advanced 'engineering course' was established at the Polytechnic School Munich in 1840, which was the forerunner of what was later to become the 'Technische Hochschule München'.

    Foundation of "Polytechnische Schule München"

    In 1868, King Ludwig II founded the newly structured Polytechnische Schule München, which had the status of a university, in Munich. It was allowed to call itself Königlich Bayerische Technische Hochschule München as from the academic year 1877–78. The first Principal was the former Head of the Engineering Course, Karl Max von Bauernfeind. In the year of its foundation, the college took up residence in the new building in Arcisstrasse, which was designed by Gottfried v. Neureuther. In those days, more than 350 students were taught by 24 professors and 21 lecturers. The college was divided into five sections: I. General Department (Mathematics, Natural Science, Humanities, Law and Economics), II. Engineering Department (Structural Engineering and Surveying), III. Department of Architecture, IV. Mechanical/Technical Department, V. Chemical/Technical Department. Department VI. (Agriculture) was added in 1872.

    Two of the university's long-standing requests were met by the state after the beginning of the 20th century: it was granted the right to award doctorates in 1901, and in 1902 the election of the principal by the teaching staff was approved. With an average of about 2,600 to 2,800 students, the TH München ranked ahead of the TH Berlin as the largest German technical college for a while. The first female undergraduate matriculated in architecture in 1905, after the Bavarian government officially allowed women to study at a technical college in the German Reich. However, the proportion of female students remained negligible; women accounted for just 0.6 per cent of the student body in the winter semester of 1913–14.

    During the Weimar Republic, the TH München was obliged to make do with low funds and was drawn into radical political struggles in 1918–19 and again between 1928 and 1933. In the winter term of 1930–31, the National Socialist German Student Union (NSDStB) became the strongest group within the AStA general student organisation of the THM for the first time.

    Broadening the spectrum of subjects

    The TH München was able to broaden its spectrum of subjects by taking over several smaller colleges that were no longer viable. In 1922, the former commercial college 'Handelshochschule München' became the VII Department of Economics. The former College of Agriculture and Brewing in Weihenstephan was integrated in 1930. Its agricultural unit was absorbed into the Department of Agriculture – which was located in Munich until 1947 before transferring to Weihenstephan, while the brewing section became Department VIII 'Brewing Technology' belonging to the TH München yet located in Weihenstephan. The tradition of the Weihenstephan campus dates back to the agricultural school founded in 1804, which was elevated to the status of an academy in 1895 and a university in 1920.

    The eight departments of the TH München were reorganised into six faculties in 1934. This was reduced to five (General Sciences, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Agriculture, Brewing) in 1940.

    During the Third Reich, the 'leadership principle' was imposed on the TH München. Its autonomy suffered considerable restrictions which affected such matters as the appointment procedure (for lecturers), etc. Based on the newly introduced 'Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service', lecturers of non-Aryan descent or those who were married to 'non-Aryans' were removed by the State, likewise politically 'undesirable' professors. The National Socialist German Students' League (NSDStB) and the like-minded German Student Union (Deutsche Studentenschaft) endeavoured to organise and influence the undergraduates with their radical national socialist doctrine.

    Similar organisations were in place on the lecturers' level. Jewish students no longer enjoyed the same rights and were barred from matriculation from 1938 onwards. The TH München was required to contribute towards the Second World War effort with large-scale armament research. However, top-level basic research was still conducted in numerous institutes. The attitude of the university professors was characterised by opportunistic conformance on the one hand, and critical distancing and inner emigration on the other. A number of individual professors, employees, workers and students dared to demonstrate disobedience and obstruction.

    It was under the hardest possible conditions that teaching activities recommenced in April 1946. 80% of the buildings on the main campus had been bombed. For many years, undergraduates actively supported the rebuilding of their university by providing hands-on (voluntary) restoration service. The Department of Economics had to be surrendered to the Ludwig Maximilian University in 1946.

    "Research Reactor Munich" (FRM) third location

    With the internationally acclaimed installation of the Research Reactor Munich (FRM) in Garching in 1956/57, the TH München gained a third location. The Physics Department building was opened there in 1969, followed by the new building for housing the departments of Chemistry, Biology and Geoscience in 1977.

    In December 1957, the university was granted its long-standing request to acquire the status of a 'public legal body'. In the following year, the first constitution drawn up by the university itself came into force. From the 1960s onwards, the university had to cope with an enormous influx of students. When the first economising measures were introduced by the State in the mid-Seventies, the conditions for students began to deteriorate.

    A Faculty for Medicine spanning two sites: Munich-Haidhausen (Clinic 'right of the Isar') and Munich-Schwabing (Biederstein, Children's Clinic at Schwabing Hospital) was founded in 1967.

    100th anniversary

    The university's 100th anniversary fell in the 'hot May' of 1968. Critical tendencies were also in evidence at the TH München, particularly in the Departments of Architecture, Geography, Medicine and Social Sciences. In the 100th year since its foundation, the TH München comprised six faculties, 168 chairs and institutes, about 8,400 undergraduates and somewhere in the region of 5,700 university staff, who were employed in teaching, research, running operations and administration. In 1972, a sports centre with a 'central sports ground' covering an area of 45 hectares, that had previously been used for the Olympic Games was set up in the grounds of the Olympic stadion.

    The new designation of 'Technische Universität München' was conferred in August 1970. With the introduction of the Bavarian Higher Education Law in 1974, the six faculties were replaced by eleven smaller departments, which soon resumed the designation of Faculties: 1. Mathematics and Informatics, 2. Physics, 3. Chemistry, Biology and Geoscience, 4. Economics and Social Sciences, 5. Structural Engineering and Surveying, 6. Architecture, 7. Mechanical Engineering, 8. Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, 9. Agriculture and Horticulture, 10. Brewing, Food Technology and Dairy Science, 11. Medicine. In addition, several interdisciplinary central institutes were established, initially for regional planning and environmental research, as well as sports sciences. The 'regulated student organisation' was abolished in Bavaria and replaced by structures of student involvement within the context of the newly introduced group representation concept.

    Twelve faculties at three locations

    In 1992, a twelfth faculty 'Informatics' was created by splitting the former Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics into two. Ten years later a Faculty of Sports Science and a Faculty of Economics were set up. The latter incorporated the former 'Faculty of Economics and Social Science. The Mechanical Engineering Faculty and the Faculties of Mathematics and Informatics moved from the main Munich campus to the spacious, well-equipped new buildings in Garching in 1997 and 2002 respectively.

    The Weihenstephan campus was restructured for the start of the winter semester 2000/01 and realigned along scientific lines: the former Faculties of Agriculture and Horticulture, Brewing, Food Technology and Dairy Science, as well as the Forestry Faculty that previously belonged to the Ludwig Maximilian University, were collectively accommodated in the newly established Weihenstephan Science Centre for Life&Food Sciences, Land Use and Environment (WZW).

    An "Entrepreneurial university"

    Numerous other reform procedures have been realised since 1995 under the auspices of TUM's president, Wolfgang A. Herrmann, such as the introduction of efficient guidance and decision profiles, the resolute expansion of the university's autonomy in keeping with the new philosophy of an 'entrepreneurial university', university-wide core competences in the field of informatics, the establishment of central institutes and research platforms with an interdisciplinary focus, the introduction of numerous, attractive Bachelor/Master's degree courses, strategic internationalisation, enhanced collaboration with industrial and social partners, stepping up professional fundraising, the inauguration of the Carl-von-Linde Academy to house the Humanities, Cultural and Social Studies.

    In 2002, the TUM initiated the setting-up of the very first subsidiary of a German university abroad with its 'German Institute of Science and Technology' (GIST) in Singapore.

    The commissioning of the new 'Heinz Maier-Leibniz Research Reactor Munich' (FRM-II) in 2004 heralded in a new era of neutron research with lots of promising applications in the fields of science, technology and medicine. The high-flux Neutron Source has served to place the TUM among the world's leaders in terms of scientific and technical research.

    By the summer semester 2010, the TUM comprised thirteen faculties with more than 26,000 students (about 20 per cent of whom came from abroad), about 460 professors of both sexes and roughly 8,500 members of staff. In 2013, the university has 32.547 students (18% international), 507 professors (16% female), and 9,704 members of staff.


    TUM’s academic faculties are divided amongst three campuses in the greater Munich area. The Main Campus in central Munich houses the faculties of Architecture, Medicine, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Surveying, Economics, Social and Sports Sciences. A second large campus is located in Garching, about 10 km north of Munich. Garching is home to the faculties of Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, as well as the Garching research reactor. Over the years, several research institutes, including the Max-Planck Society, the Bavarian Academy of Science and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität of Munich have joined TUM in Garching. The third TUM campus is located 35 km north of Munich in Weihenstephan, Freising, and is home to the faculties of Biology, Agricultural Science and Horticulture, Forestry and Resource Management, Brewing and Food Technology, Nutrition, and Landscape Planning and Landscape Architecture. There are also many institutions throughout Munich and the surrounding area that belong to TUM. These include the hospital Rechts der Isar, used for training medical students, and the Central University Athletic Complex.

    The TUM, like many German universities, is a “non 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:


  • TUM Department of Architecture (Main Campus)
  • TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering (Main Campus)
  • TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Main Campus)
  • TUM School of Management (Main Campus)
  • TUM School of Medicine (Klinikum rechts der Isar)
  • TUM Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Olympic Park (Munich)
  • TUM School of Education (since 1 October 2009, Munich)
  • Garching

  • TUM Department of Chemistry
  • TUM Department of Informatics
  • TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • TUM Department of Mathematics
  • TUM Department of Physics
  • Weihenstephan (Freising)

  • TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
  • Straubing

  • Science Centre Straubing
  • Singapore

  • TUM operates a subsidiary in Singapore. In 2001, TUM founded the German Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) - TUM Asia with its partner universities: the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, offering a range of Master of Science degree programmes. In 2010, GIST - TUM Asia collaborated with the Singapore Institute of Technology to offer bachelor's degrees. Today, GIST - TUM Asia is recognized in Singapore as an independent subsidiary of TUM and offers not only higher education options, but also caters executive education and training for managers and professionals. GIST - TUM Asia acts as a contact point for students and young professionals throughout Asia and the rest of the world, facilitating an environment for an individual to receive an international education.
  • In 2010, GIST - TUM Asia also helped to set up TUM Create, a research center that engages the top minds from Germany and Asia. TUM Create is currently focusing on the project on Electric Mobility Solutions for Megacities (2010) at the CREATE Research Campus of the Singapore National Research Foundation.

    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.

    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
  • Students

    As of winter semester 2015 TUM has 39,081 students in undergraduate and graduate programs, of whom c. 8,600 are foreign students. Student initiatives include the IKOM, a career fair, the TUM Speakers Series, a series of speeches which is organised by students, and open-air-festivals TUNIX and GARNIX.


    TUM has 528 professors, 9,846 staff members.

    It is divided into 13 departments:

  • Architecture
  • School of Management
  • Chemistry
  • Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Informatics (Computer Science)
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Medicine, including the university hospital “Klinikum rechts der Isar”
  • Physics
  • Sport and Health Sciences
  • School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
  • School of Education
  • Research

    The Technical University of Munich is one of the most research-focused universities in Germany and Europe. This claim is supported by relevant rankings, such as the DFG-Förderranking (DFG Funding Rankings) or the research rankings of the Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE – Center for Higher Education Development). TUM was one of three universities which were successful in obtaining funding in all three funding lines of the Excellence Initiative in 2006. Along with the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE) and TUM’s participation in five Clusters of Excellence, the strategic plan "TUM. The Entrepreneurial University” was funded. The current round of the Excellence Initiative (funding period 2012-2017) confirmed TUM's strategic concept, the graduate school IGSSE, the clusters of excellence Origin and Structure of the Universe, Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics, Nanosystems Initiative Munich, Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich and approved the new cluster Munich Cluster for Systems Neurology. In addition, TUM takes part in more than 20 Collaborative Research Centres, of which TUM is the spokesperson in nine. In the seventh European Union Research Framework Program, TUM coordinates thus far nine projects and also received six Starting Independent Researcher Grants and five Advanced Investigator Grants.

    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.

    Through close collaboration with business and industry, TUM provided important contributions to Bavaria’s development from an agricultural land to a center of high-level technology. Even today, successful research collaborations with companies – among them Siemens, BMW, and Audi – contribute to expediting the transfer of knowledge and technology into the economy. More than 30 percent of TUM’s third party funding stems from third party sources such as these. Approximately 600 new research collaborations occur annually.

    Research centres

  • TUM Institute for Advanced Study
  • Research Neutron Source "Heinz Maier-Leibnitz" (FRM II)
  • Walter Schottky Institute for Semiconductor Research (WSI)
  • Leonardo da Vinci-Zentrum für Bionik
  • TUM Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (nanoTUM)
  • Straubing Center of Science
  • Corporate Research Center of Food and Nutrition Science (ZIEL)
  • Corporate Research Center of Biomedical Engineering (IMETUM)
  • Catalysis Research Center
  • Munich Center of Molecular Life Sciences
  • TUM Graduate School

    The TUM Graduate School was founded in May 2009. The goal of this institution is to facilitate all doctorates with further specialist and transferable skills as well as to encourage the building of international and interdisciplinary networks. The TUM Graduate School officiates as the parent organization of the TUM’s Faculty Graduate Centers (FGCs) and Thematic Graduate Centers (TGCs), encompassing over 3000 doctorates. Currently 8 FGCs and TGCs officially exist with a further 13 graduate centers in formation. The TUM Graduate School is presided over by the Graduate Dean. The Founding Dean is Professor Ernst Rank, who is also the director of the International School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE). The TUM Graduate School’s doctorates are supervised by a manager and an administration team.


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

    TUM has currently over 175 international partnerships, among them:

  • Europe: ETH Zurich, EPFL, École Centrale Paris, TU Eindhoven, Technical University of Denmark, Technical University of Vienna, CPE Lyon
  • United States of America: MIT, Stanford University, University of Illinois, Cornell University, University of Texas at Austin, Georgia Tech
  • Asia: National University of Singapore, Amrita University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, University of Tokyo, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology,
  • Australia: University of Melbourne, RMIT University, and many others.
  • 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).


    Since TUM is a research university, it offers several scholarship programs to students such as:

  • Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung
  • Bayerisch-Französisches Hochschulzentrum
  • Bayrische Amerika-Akademie
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • and more
  • European Commission ranking

    The European Commission compiled a list of the 22 universities in the EU with the highest scientific impact. This ranking was compiled as part of the Third European Report on Science & Technology Indicators, prepared by the Directorate General for Science and Research of the European Commission in 2003 (updated 2004). By this ranking, the EU's top two research universities as defined by "impact" are Cambridge and Oxford followed by Eindhoven (Netherlands) and TUM (Germany) at 3rd and 4th places respectively.

    QS World ranking 2016-17

    By QS World Rankings 2016-17, TUM is ranked 1st in Germany at 60th place (overall) in the world. In Physics & Astronomy the TUM attained 17th position which is the highest ranking among the German universities. The university also rose in the natural sciences reaching the 19th position.

    ARWU ranking 2016

    In the Academic Ranking of World Universities, TUM is ranked at 47th place (overall) in the world. Chemistry at TUM stands at 14th place worldwide, far above all other chemistry departments in Germany.

    THE rankings 2017

    In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17 ("THE Rankings"), TUM stands at 46th place worldwide. In the subject area "Engineering and Technology," TUM is ranked at 27th place worldwide.

    Nobel Prize

  • 1927 Heinrich Otto Wieland (faculty 1913–1921), Chemistry
  • 1930 Hans Fischer (faculty 1921–1945), Chemistry
  • 1961 Rudolf L. Mößbauer, Physics (“Mößbauer effect”)
  • 1964 Konrad Emil Bloch, Medicine or Physiology
  • 1973 Ernst Otto Fischer, Chemistry (Sandwich complexes)
  • 1985 Klaus von Klitzing, Physics (Quantum Hall effect)
  • 1986 Ernst Ruska, Physics (electron microscope)
  • 1988 Johann Deisenhofer, Chemistry
  • 1988 Robert Huber, Chemistry
  • 1989 Wolfgang Paul, Physics (ion trap)
  • 1991 Erwin Neher, Medicine or Physiology
  • 2001 Wolfgang Ketterle, Physics
  • 2007 Gerhard Ertl, Chemistry
  • References

    Technical University of Munich Wikipedia

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