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Excellence Initiative

With its institutional strategy ‘TUM. The Entrepreneurial University’, the Technische Universität München won the elite status in the Excellence Initiative competition initiated by the German Federal and State Governments in 2006 with a comprehensive series of programs. These initiatives, among them the IGSSE, focused on cutting-edge research encourage up-and-coming young scientists, establish an enlightened gender and diversity policy, and foster a culture of entrepreneurship.

Building on the success of the 2006 program, TUM developed a strategy for the 2012 renewal proposal which is inspired by the concept of ‘talents in diversity’. The aim is to attract elite international scientists who will strengthen TUM’s status as a technical research and teaching hub focused on the major challenges facing society as we move forward: Health & Nutrition • Energy & Natural Resources • Environment & Climate • Information & Communications • Mobility & Infrastructure. Marking a paradigm shift in the German higher education sector, TUM’s Integrative Research Centers and Faculty Tenure Track career system are key vehicles in the move toward these goals.

By setting up the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (2006/2012), followed by the TUM Graduate School (2009), TUM has created a structured environment for doctoral candidates.

Meanwhile, participation in several innovative research projects (Clusters of Excellence) has established TUM as one of Europe’s top universities in engineering, the natural sciences, the life sciences and medicine.

View map  on the final funding decisions of the German Excellence Initiative 2012-2017.




EuroTech network event: From excellent research to excellent innovation – are universities ready for the future?

20 September 2017, 6-8pm, Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union,...


More fun than anyone: IGSSE@ TUM´s dragon boat race

Although the IGSSE team did not make it to Head of the Olympic Lake in 2017 - their fun was...


Apply now: IGSSE travel grant for ICCE 2017

28-29 September 2017, TU Darmstadt

Submission deadline for abstracts: 18 June 2017


10th IGSSE Forum

1 - 4 June 2016, TUM Science and Study Center, Burghausen


10th IGSSE Forum

Smart cooperation - science and technology in, with and for society


The Science of Cooking

Doctoral Candidates explore the Secrets of a great Dinner



Having heard of a great Canadian Kick-Off Meeting, everyone at IGSSE was thrilled to welcome the...


Breakfast at IGSSE´s

Meet the IGSSE team every other month! All the things IGSSE members wanted to asked but never dared...


Save the Date: Canadian ATUMS Speaker on "Global Science- Global Career"

26. November 2015, 6-8 pm, IAS Faculty Club, Garching Campus

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