The Technische Universität München is a research university with campuses in Munich, Garching, and Weihenstephan. It is a member of TU9, an incorporated society of the largest and most notable German institutes of technology.
TUM’s academic faculties are divided amongst three campuses in the greater Munich area. The Main Campus in central Munich houses the faculties of Architecture, Medicine, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Surveying, Economics, Social and Sports Sciences. A second large campus is located in Garching, about 10 km north of Munich. Garching is home to the faculties of Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, as well as the Garching research reactor. Over the years, several research institutes, including the Max-Planck Society, the Bavarian Academy of Science and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität of Munich have joined TUM in Garching.
The third TUM campus is located 35 km north of Munich in Weihenstephan near Freising, and is home to the faculties of Biology, Agricultural Science and Horticulture, Forestry and Resource Management, Brewing and Food Technology, Nutrition, and Landscape Planning and Landscape Architecture. There are also many institutions throughout Munich and the surrounding area that belong to TUM. These include the hospital “Rechts der Isar”, used for training medical students, and the Central University Athletic Complex.The TUM, like many German universities, is a “non campus” university. However, with further expansion plans for the Garching site, more and more departments are to be placed into new buildings in Garching. The Garching campus, unlike the downtown area, is set up more like a traditional “quadrangle” style campus with a large grouping of buildings. At the moment, university buildings are spread over four main and several minor locations:
- Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich (Main Campus)
- Faculty of Civil Engineering and Surveying at the Technical University of Munich (Main Campus)
- Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (Main Campus)
- Faculty of Economics at the Technical University of Munich (Main Campus)
- Faculty of Medicine at the Technical University of Munich (Klinikum rechts der Isar)
- School of Sport and Health Science at the Technical University of Munich, Olympic Park (Munich)
- TUM School of Education (since 1 October 2009, Munich)
- Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Munich
- Faculty of Computer Science of the Technical University of Munich
- Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich
- Department of Mathematics at the Technical University of Munich
- Physics Department of the Technical University of Munich
- Weihenstephan Center of Food, Land Use and Environment at the Technical University of Munich
TUM has 475 professors, 5,729 academic and 3,573 non-academic staff.
It is divided into 13 departments:
- Business Administration
- Civil Engineering and Surveying
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Informatics (Computer Science)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medicine, including the university hospital “Rechts der Isar”
- Sports Science
- Weihenstephan Center for Life and Food Science
The Technische Universität München is one of the most research-focussed universities in Germany
. This claim is supported by relevant rankings, such as the DFG-Förderranking (DFG Funding Rankings) or the research rankings of the Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE – Center for Higher Education Development). TUM was one of three universities which were successful in obtaining funding in all three funding lines of the Excellence Initiative in 2006. Along with the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE) and TUM’s participation in five Clusters of Excellence, the strategic plan "TUM. The Entrepreneurial University” was funded. The current round of the Excellence Initiative (funding period 2012-2017) confirmed TUM's strategic concept, the graduate school IGSSE, the clusters of excellence Origin and Structure of the Universe, Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics, Nanosystems Initiative Munich, Center for Integrated Protein Science Munich and approved the new cluster Munich Cluster for Systems Neurology. In addition, TUM takes part in more than 20 Collaborative Research Centres, of which TUM is the spokesperson in nine. In the seventh European Union Research Framework Program, TUM coordinates thus far nine projects and also received six Starting Independent Researcher Grants and five Advanced Investigator Grants.