The Technische Universität München (TUM) 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 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:
• Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich (Main Campus)
• Faculty of Civil Engineering and Surveying at the Technical University of Munich (Main Campus)
• Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (Main Campus)
• Faculty of Economics at the Technical University of Munich (Main Campus)
• Faculty of Medicine at the Technical University of Munich (Klinikum rechts der Isar)
• School of Sport and Health Science at the Technical University of Munich, Olympic Park (Munich)
• TUM School of Education (since 1 October 2009, Munich)
• Department of Chemistry
• Faculty of Computer Science
• Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
• Department of Mathematics
• Physics Department
• Weihenstephan Center of Food, Land Use and Environment
• Science Centre Straubing
• 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 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.
International top ranking list
Technical University Munich is one of the leading universities in Europe and has been ranked 14th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014.
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 Technical University Munich (Germany) at 3rd and 4th places respectively.
QS World ranking 2012/13
By QS World Rankings 2012/13, TUM is ranked 1st in Germany and 53rd (overall) in the world. In the technical disciplines, engineering at the TUM attained 21st position which is the highest ranking among the German universities. The university also rose in the natural sciences reaching the 25th position.
ARWU ranking 2013
By Academic Ranking of World Universities also known as Shanghai Ranking, TUM is ranked 1st in Germany and 50th (overall) in the world. Chemistry at TUM stands at 13th place worldwide, far above all other chemistry departments in Germany.
THE Rankings 2013-14
In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14 (“THE Rankings”), TUM stands at 87th place worldwide and 5th among all German universities. In the subject area “Engineering and Technology,” TUM is ranked 26th worldwide.