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 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

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 October 2018 - 30 September 2019 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.

Count Share
555 151.65

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 149 67.54
Physical Sciences 221 52.27
5 2.49
7 2.07
2 0.45
8 1.38
2 0.05
25 6.86
38 11.97
7 1.77
10 4.02
3 0.12
19 5.52
4 0.71
Anisotropic spin fluctuations in detwinned FeSe
Dislocation-induced thermal transport anisotropy in single-crystal group-III nitride films
Solving mazes with single-molecule DNA navigators
Hybrid photoelectrochemical and photovoltaic cells for simultaneous production of chemical fuels and electrical power
1 0.10
1 0.03
4 0.76
3 0.31
14 3.57
12 0.14
41 7.38
4 0.71
4 0.70
4 1.15
3 0.04
Life Sciences 198 33.88
Earth & Environmental Sciences 35 8.08

Highlight of the month

Sound checking sleeping alligators

© Elizabeth W. Kearley/Getty

© Elizabeth W. Kearley/Getty

Understanding how alligators locate sound could provide insights into how dinosaurs interpreted noise.

Many animals use the time difference between a sound reaching each ear to locate the sound’s source, much like map readers use triangulation points. Birds have been found to do this using neural maps in the brain’s nucleus laminaris, but not all animals are as easy to study.

A team that included researchers from the Technical University of Munich sedated 40 alligators and played them clicking noises through headphones. They monitored the unconscious beasts’ brain activity through electrodes attached over the nucleus laminaris and observed neuron-firing patterns most similar to those previously seen in chickens and barn owls.

Birds and crocodilians may have acquired a similar sound-processing part of the brain from their shared dinosaur ancestors despite evolving distinctly different head sizes and shapes.

Supported content

  1. The Journal of Neuroscience 39, 3882–3896 (2019). doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2989-18.2019

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 37.84% Domestic
  • 62.16% International

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

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

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