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Technical University of Munich

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence. Moreover, TUM regularly ranks among the best European universities in international rankings.


Important Facts

The 15 departments of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) provide an excellent environment for research and for the education of 42,705 students, 36% of them women. The university has a budget of EUR 1,552.5 million, which includes the university hospital. Here you will find key facts and figures about the university.


  • 42,705 Students receive a top-class education at TUM. 32% of them come from abroad.
  • 15,468 female students are enrolled at TUM – 36% of all current students.
  • 9,149 Graduates completed their degree in the academic year 2017. 3,163 of them were women, 1,866 international students.
  • 81,870 Alumni make up our worldwide alumni network and benefit from TUM's offerings for alumni.
  • 594 Professors research and teach at TUM. Moreover, the university has appointed Adjunct Professors and TUM Distinguished Affiliated Professors.
  • 6 Humboldt Professors have joined the TUM ranks (as of: 2018) – a major success in this competition for top international talent.
  • 1,027 Doctorates were awarded by TUM in the academic year 2018. Modernized doctoral degree regulations were published in 2012.
  • 356.8 mio. Euros third-party funding for research and teaching was secured in accounting year 2018 making TUM one of German’s top- ranked universities. 
  • 8,913 publications by TUM academics appeared in 2019 (peer-reviewed articles, conference papers, reviews; source: Scopus April 2020).
  • 178 inventions were made by scientists from TUM in 2017 as a result of their research work.
  • 17 Nobel prizes have been awarded to TUM professors and alumni since 1927, e.g. to Rudolf Mößbauer (Physics) and Ernst Otto Fischer (Chemistry).
  • 22 Leibniz prizes have been awarded to TUM scientists since 1987 (as of: 2020). Our long-serving President Wolfgang A. Herrmann received it in 1987.
  • 124 ERC Grants are furthering the work of TUM scientists (as of: 04/2020). European Research Council (ERC) grants fund for ambitious research projects.
  • 24 IEEE Fellows have been researching and teaching at TUM (as of 2020). Fellow is the highest grade of membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • > 6,000 cooperation agreements were concluded with companies or other partners for research projects since 2013.
  • 66 patents for inventions from TUM researchers were submitted to Patent Offices 2018.
  • 80 Start-ups have come from TUM in April 2019. The university offers advice and entrepreneurial support.
  • > 15,000 jobs are currently provided by companies that have grown from our university (as of 2012).
  • Budget: EUR 1,552.5 million were available to TUM in accounting year 2018 (including the university hospital).
  • Fundraising: EUR 323 mio. from industry, foundations and private donors was channeled into research and teaching at TUM between 1998–2018.

International Outlook

  • International students
    • 32%
  • International appointments of professors
    • 159 (2006–2018)
  • TUM’s overseas locations
    • 1 offshore campus: TUM Asia in Singapore
    • 6 other international offices: Beijing, Brussels, São Paul, Kairo, Mumbai, San Francisco
  • Double-degree agreements
    • 47 (as of 2018)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships
    • 61 (as of 2018)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Award Winners
    • 14 (as of 2018)

Ranking / Awards

High rankings for TUM degree programs
CHE University Rankings: Students rate management and information systems programs
Students awarded excellent ratings to the Technical University of Munich (TUM) for studies in management and information systems. In the new rankings by the Centre for Higher Education (CHE), TUM is listed in the top group in numerous categories.

TUM among top 50 universities in 11 subjects
New issue of “QS World University Rankings by Subject”
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) ranks among the world's best 50 universities in 11 subjects and in five subjects is among the top 25. These are some of the results of the latest "QS World University Rankings by Subject".

TUM offers a world-class education
TUM takes the number six spot in the “Global University Employability Ranking”
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is seen by international companies as one of the world's best universities in terms of the quality of its graduates. In the latest "Global University Employability Ranking", TUM is ranked sixth in the world – for the second consecutive year. It stands alongside the University of Cambridge as one of just two European institutions among the top ten.

The most highly cited researchers worldwide
Nine TUM professors included in the "Highly Cited Researchers" ranking
Nine researchers at TUM are among the world's most recognized scientific minds. Their names can be found in the latest "Highly Cited Researchers” rankings, compiled on the basis of the number of citations in scientific publications.

TUM among Europe's best technical universities
“World University Rankings” published by Times Higher Education
The latest issue of the "THE World University Rankings" places the Technical University of Munich (TUM) among Europe's four best technical universities. For the third time in a row TUM has been ranked number two among all German universities.

TUM achieves top positions
“Shanghai Ranking”: TUM rated Germany's best technical university / outstanding scores in subject rankings
This year's “Shanghai Ranking” yet again rates the Technical University of Munich (TUM) Germany's best technical university. It is the only German technical university among the top 100 and was ranked 57th among the world's universities. In the recently published subject rankings by the same organization, TUM receives high marks in several fields of research, confirming its top international quality.

TUM named best German university
Latest „QS World University Ranking“
For the fifth time in a row the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is the top-rated German university in the renowned „QS World University Ranking“. TUM was ranked among Europe’s five best Technical Universities.

TUM ranked in the first league with study quality
CHE University Ranking: Students rate engineering programs
Students give the Technical University of Munich (TUM) many high marks. This is seen in the latest rankings from the Centre for Higher Education (CHE). This year's CHE rankings focus on degree programs in engineering.

TUM stands alongside Europe's most innovative universities
New Reuters Ranking
The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is again among the top ten in the latest ranking of “Europe’s Most Innovative Universities”. To compile the ranking, the British news agency Reuters assesses the impact of the research and innovation activities of universities on progress in technology and economy.

Munich founders increasingly successful
Nine TUM spin-offs among the "Top 50 Start-ups 2018"
Nine of the "Top 50 Start-ups 2018" come from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), according to an evaluation by the German magazine for start-up founders Für-Gründer.de. Munich, with ten start-ups, is the highest-rated city this ranking. Also a current report by business consulting firm Ernst & Young illustrates how attractive the Bavarian State capital is: With 14 start-ups in the Top 100, Munich has moved up to second place in this ranking list. Ten of these 14 companies were started by founders from TUM.


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Since its founding in 1868, the heart of TUM beats in Munich. Its presence within the city is divided among three important sites: the downtown campus at Arcisstraße, Olympic Park, and the university hospitals.


The Garching campus north of Munich constitutes the center of natural sciences and technology at TUM. With more than 12,000 students at five Faculties, it is the largest of all TUM locations. Also focused on top-level research at this campus are the TUM Institute for Advanced Study, TUM Graduate School and the Munich School of Engineering (MSE). The center of Garching is easy to reach from downtown Munich with the subway line U6 or via the Autobahn


Scientists at TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan are engaged in interdisciplinary research in the life sciences. The campus is located on the outskirts of the old cathedral town of Freising and has evolved from the traditional disciplines of agricultural and life sciences


Since October 2017, the Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability is the fourth main research and study campus of the university.


Heilbronn Here, next-generation leaders pursue their studies at the TUM School of Management, situated in one of Europe’s foremost regions for innovation: Heilbronn in the state of Baden-Württemberg

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