The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s leading research universities. Its unparalleled range of disciplines covers engineering and natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, management and social sciences – a combination found nowhere else in Germany.
Interdisciplinary solutions to future challenges
TUM draws on this unique breadth in fostering an interdisciplinary approach to research and teaching. TUM focuses on the following strategic areas for tomorrow’s society: energy & natural resources, environment & climate, health & nutrition, mobility & infrastructure, information & communication. At the same time, the university addresses the crucial societal aspects of new technologies.
Excellence in research
TUM has an excellent track record in research, both in basic science and in application-oriented technologies. It is one of Germany's top-ranked universities and places among the top five technical universities in Europe. Consistently strong results in international university rankings, awards at the EU level, and statistics on third-party research funding all substantiate TUM’s success.
Promoting talent diversity
TUM focuses on promoting the diversity of individual talents on all levels, from first-semester students to world-renowned scientists. Its outstanding course offering is strongly oriented toward research and, at the same time, tightly coupled to practical experience. TUM gives its students room to live out their passion for science: Students work on developments such as space elevators, robots, and gas turbines in autonomous research groups that carry on for generations.
In Europe, only Cambridge and Oxford surpass TUM when it comes to producing high-quality graduates – according to the 2015 “Global Employability University Ranking.” This outstanding performance is partly attributable to individual support measures including mentoring and career advice.
Awakening the entrepreneurial spirit
Ever since 1870, when Carl von Linde invented his refrigeration machine at TUM and founded the company that went on to become Linde AG, technology transfer has been one of TUM’s central aims. TUM cultivates intensive exchanges with a number of companies oriented toward common interests – through a wide variety of cooperation programs, targeted research projects, and jointly run laboratories.
Furthermore, the university inspires and empowers its students and researchers to think and act entrepreneurially. It also systematically supports patent applications and spin-offs. Since 1990, TUM has been the launch pad for over 800 companies.
A global university
TUM is an international university with a high proportion of foreign students and researchers as well as more than 150 partner universities around the globe. With the founding of TUM Asia in 2012 in Singapore, it became the first German university to establish an overseas campus. TUM also has offices in Brussels, Cairo, Mumbai, Beijing, San Francisco, and São Paulo. By 2020, most of its Master’s programs will be conducted in English – today's international language of science.
Driving the advance of science in Germany
TUM is an entrepreneurial university. Instead of relying solely on the German state, it takes responsibility for its own success, confronts international competition, and develops new ideas in the area of science management. TUM has been driving reforms in Germany's science system for the past 20 years. For instance, its tenure track system, unique in Germany, offers young professors who meet the highest performance standards a clear path to attractive career prospects.
Recipient of top awards
TUM was awarded the title of “University of Excellence” in 2006 and 2012 in recognition of its innovative, dynamic culture. Far from resting on its laurels, though, TUM remains entreprenturial – constantly striving to reach new heights.
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1 December 2015 - 30 November 2016
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Technical University of Munich (TUM) published between 1 December 2015 - 30 November 2016 which are tracked by the Nature Index.
Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.
Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.
Outputs by subject (WFC)
|Earth & Environmental Sciences||17||5.06||5.06|
Highlight of the month: Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Raising water-saving crops
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Water used for agriculture could be reduced by tricking harvest plants into behaving as they do when water is scarce, says a Technical University of Munich (TUM) study.
By opening and closing the pores on their leaves, "plants have the ability to cut water loss during CO2 absorption in half, but they will only switch to this water-saving mode when water is in short supply", Erwin Grill, who led the team, said.
The key to this is abscisic acid, a hormone that is more plentiful in plants when water is scarce. Using Arabidopsis, a popular research plant, the team found that if the number of receptors that detected abscisic acid was increased, then the amount of water needed by the plants could be reduced by 40 per cent.
The team believes it should be possible to apply these findings to the growing of crop plants, which would be a step towards ensuring future food security.
- Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113, 6791–6796 (2016). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1601954113
Top articles by Altmetric score:
Minimally invasive endovascular stent-electrode array for high-fidelity, chronic recordings of cortical neural activity
1 December 2015 - 30 November 2016
International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC
- 35.53% Domestic
- 64.47% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by WFC (182 total)
- Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany
- Domestic institution
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), Germany
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany
Max Planck Society, Germany
University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany
Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany
University of Münster (WWU), Germany
University of Bonn (Uni Bonn), Germany
University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany
Heidelberg University (Uni Heidelberg), Germany
Leibniz Association, Germany
Top 10 international collaborators by WFC (1655 total)
- Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany
- Foreign institution
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK)
National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Italy
Stanford University, United States of America (USA)
Harvard University, United States of America (USA)
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland
Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
University of Basel (UB), Switzerland
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland
Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.
Affiliated joint institutions and consortia
- Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ), Germany
- ALICE Collaboration, Switzerland
- Belle Collaboration, Japan
- Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Munich (BCCN), Germany
- Borexino Collaboration, Italy
- COMPASS Collaboration, Switzerland
- Center of Allergy and Environment (ZAUM), Germany
- Centre for Neural Engineering (CfNE), Australia
- Consortium for Refractive Error and Myopia (CREAM), Netherlands
- DZHK Partner Site Munich, Germany
- DZIF Partner Site Munich, Germany
- DZNE Site Munich, Germany
- Double Chooz Collaboration, France
- EchoGen Consortium, Netherlands
- Enriched Xenon Observatory (EXO), United States of America (USA)
- Global BPGen Consortium, United States of America (USA)
- HMGU Clinical Cooperation Group Antigen-specific Immunotherapy, Germany
- HMGU Clinical Cooperation Group Immune Monitoring, Germany
- Hall A Collaboration, United States of America (USA)
- Helmholtz Virtual Institute of Complex Molecular Systems in Environmental Health (HICE), Germany
- IceCube Collaboration, United States of America (USA)
- Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI), Germany
- Institute of Silicon Chemistry at TU München, Germany
- Institute of Virology, Germany
- International Brachypodium Initiative (IBI), United States of America (USA)
- International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium (IMSGC), United States of America (USA)
- Munich GeoCenter (MGC), Germany
- Munich Heart Alliance (MHA), Germany
- Munich Quantum Center (QMC), Germany
- Straubing Centre of Science (WZS), Germany
- TUM CREATE, Singapore
- The AMD Gene Consortium, Germany
- The Cardiogenics Project, Germany
- The GERmanium Detector Array (GERDA), Italy
- The LAGUNA-LBNO Collaboration, Switzerland
- The QT Interval International GWAS Consortium (QT-IGC), United States of America (USA)
- Universitary Center of Health Sciences at Klinikum Augsburg (UNIKA-T), Germany
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