Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Technische Universität München (TUM)


The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s leading universities in research and teaching. As the Entrepreneurial University, it doesn’t just want to understand the world – it wants to improve it. That is why the entire university revolves around one core goal: innovation.

Interdisciplinary solutions to future challenges

TUM’s unparalleled range of disciplines covers engineering and natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, management and social sciences – a combination found nowhere else in Europe. TUM leverages this enormous potential by intensively and intelligently combining the different subjects. This inspires modern fields of research extending from bioengineering to machine intelligence. At the same time, TUM links technological change more closely with social, political and ethical issues than other technical university.

Excellent career prospects for graduates

Its outstanding degree programs are strongly oriented towards research and, at the same time, tightly coupled to practical experience. Managers regularly choose TUM as one of the 10 best universities worldwide for the quality of graduates. (Global Employability University Rankings)

TUM offers amazing opportunities at every level of study and research – starting with the first semester right through to professorship. It invests more than other universities in the professional development of individual talent.

Awakening the entrepreneurial spirit

No other German university produces more start-up founders – the result of a support infrastructure unrivalled in Europe. TUM also builds long-term research partnerships with the most innovative global players. More and more companies are establishing roots directly on campus.

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.

Among the top

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 entrepreneurial – constantly striving to reach new heights.

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Portrait: Technical University of Munich – 150 Years culture of excellence

1 November 2017 - 31 October 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Technical University of Munich (TUM) published between 1 November 2017 - 31 October 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC 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.

477 131.28

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Earth & Environmental Sciences 26 7.02
Life Sciences 182 30.75
Physical Sciences 195 55.51
5 1.67
5 2.16
3 0.31
11 3.36
22 4.06
29 10.45
1 0
17 5.61
4 2.64
24 6.05
2 0.25
1 0.11
2 0.17
4 0.66
15 3.05
25 6.64
5 1.34
10 4.51
3 1.18
1 1
6 0.29
Chemistry 140 59.93

Highlight of the month

Photoelectric effect timed by atomic clock

© Universal Images Group/Getty

© Universal Images Group/Getty

An atomic stopwatch has clocked the photoelectric effect to within a few billionths of a billionth of a second.

The photoelectric effect, for which Albert Einstein was awarded his Nobel prize, occurs when a metal absorbs high-energy light and releases an electron. The reaction is so rapid that only the direction and energy of escaping electrons have been accurately measured, until now.

A team that included researchers from the Technological University of Munich stuck iodine atoms onto a tungsten crystal and hit them with X-rays. Iodine atoms react extremely quickly to X-rays so served as a stopwatch for the moment the X-rays hit the crystal’s surface, while a laser pulsing above the crystal measured the arrival time of the escaping tungsten electron. This enabled the researchers to calculate the photoelectric effect duration with attosecond (10−18 second) accuracy, and they observed tungsten generate photoelectrons in about 40 attoseconds.

Understanding photochemical reactions on different surfaces could help improve the efficiency of harvesting solar energy.

Supported content

  1. Nature 561, 374–377 (2018). doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0503-6

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 November 2017 - 31 October 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 40.35% Domestic
  • 59.65% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (190 total)

  • Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany
  • Domestic institution
  1. Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany (57.80)
  2. Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany (53.85)
  3. Max Planck Society, Germany (36.84)
  4. University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg), Germany (7.88)
  5. Leibniz Association, Germany (7.33)
  6. Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden), Germany (6.99)
  7. University of Regensburg (UR), Germany (6.82)
  8. Wacker Chemie AG, Germany (5.71)
  9. University of Tübingen (Uni Tübingen), Germany (4.43)
  10. Fraunhofer Society, Germany (4.43)

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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