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  • Practical tip: Negotiating
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    Negotiating: With these 10 tips from business coach Corinna Schulmeister, you will leave negotiations feeling happier in future   Whether talking to your partner about where to go on your next holiday or discussing your salary with your boss –...
  • VW-CEO Herbert Diess: “Motion is my main passion.”
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    When VW CEO Herbert Diess gets off his car at TUM Campus Garching he immediately feels taken back to his time as a student of mechanical engineering: “This is exactly how we used to sit there and studied”, he remembers...
  • Control Engineer Eveline Gottzein: “I am tenacious and never give up.”
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    Before escaping the GDR Eveline Gottzein sent her physics books via post to the West. It was here that she finished her technical studies, which had been denied to her in the GDR for a long time due to her...
  • Nobel Prize Winner: Ben L. Feringa: “Sometimes nature is smarter than scientists.”
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    Ben L. Feringa grew up in a big farming family and was one of the few people in the village who got to go to high school. He studied, took up work in the industry and returned to academia. Then...
  • Schauspielerin Maria Furtwängler: “Ich bin eine spätberufene Feministin.”
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    Maria Furtwängler grew up in a family of artists: her mother is an actress, her uncle a director, her great-uncle a conductor. As a seven-year-old she was acting in front of a camera for the first time. Having done her...
  • First Division Football Coach Manuel Baum: “My life is all about my family and football.”
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    Originally Manuel Baum is a teacher for physical education. But in December 2016 he stepped into the spotlight: as the head coach of a first division football team he is bringing in success every weekend. His team – FC Augsburg...
  • University Donor Rainer Stellwag: “From Schwabing into the world in an Isetta.”
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    Rainer Stellwag is born in Schwabing, goes to school here and eventually studies Physics at the Technical College in Arcisstraße. After that his job as a sales expert at Münchner Rückversicherung takes him all over the world – to South...
  • Hidden Champions
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    If you want to perform accurate metalwork, you cannot avoid the laser cutting machines of the German firm Trumpf. The company, whose headquarters are in Ditzingen, is the global market leader in this segment and hence a so-called “hidden champion.”...
  • Being a family worldwide
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    The TUM is an international university with a worldwide family. The TUM network brings together 60,000 Alumni from all over the world. Of the more than 13,000 new students enrolled for the current winter semester, one third of them come...
  • We are proud of our Alumni
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    By Wolfgang A. Herrmann Soon after the foundation of the “Royal Bavarian Polytechnic School in Munich” in 1868, the first “graduates”, in Latin “Alumni”, started their professional lives. Many graduates became highly regarded in the first few decades of their...
  • At the highest level – History of TUM
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    The “Polytechnic School of Munich” was established 150 years ago by King Ludwig II of Bavaria with university status. Around 300 students and 24 professors learned and taught back then in the highly modern and prestigious Renaissance Revival building at...
  • Roots and wings. 150 years of TUM
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    The research university as we have known it since the time of Wilhelm von Humboldt is one of the most important and enduring success stories “Made in Germany.” The technical sciences have paved the way to Germany’s status as a...
  • How TUM promotes innovation and research
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    The  self-image of the Technische Universität München is to serve our society in addressing the ever new and increasing challenges of a globalized world. So we need a professional and competent scientific community that focuses on the “hot topics” of...
  • Greetings from…Palo Alto
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    In the course of my apprenticeship in carpentry, I decided that I wanted to study restoration at TUM. There, I could develop freely – and I eventually completed a doctoral thesis about a technical artifact at the Deutsches Museum. I...
  • Letting ideas grow together
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    The interview took place in Dr Michael Steiner’s office at the Porsche Development Center in Weissach (located between Stuttgart and Pforzheim), where the largest sports car manufacturer in the world develops new ideas. Dr Michael Steiner (doctorate in Mechanical Engineering...
  • Create space to think – shape the future
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    Curiosity, the urge to conduct research and the courage to break new ground – that’s what shapes a university. Good ideas thrive in an environment that provides freedom as well as a professional working atmosphere. This leads to solutions that...
  • “The university as the home of curiosity”
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    The physicist Albert Einstein is said to have written the following about himself: “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” Without the scientist’s desire to find out what is behind certain phenomena, or the engineer’s striving to...
  • How TUM promotes dialogue and interdisciplinarity
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    The Technical University of Munich bears responsibility for a social dialogue. The aim is to prepare the students for the responsibility of accompanying processes of social change. With a diverse portfolio – involving the TUM School of Education, the TUM...
  • Let’s leave the ivory tower
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    Automated driving or working with robots: To ensure that graduates will be able to address the important technological innovations of our time, there are several initiatives to promote contacts between engineers and other disciplines at TUM. Sociology, Cognitive Science and...
  • Greetings from Brazil
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    “In the seventies, I came from Costa Rica to TUM thanks to a DAAD scholarship. In 1980, I obtained my diploma in Mechanical Engineering and started working in the development department of a German company which also held shares in...
  • “As president, I am responsible for everyone”
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    Wolfgang A. Herrmann, who is a chemical scientist, has now been President of the Technical University of Munich for more than 20 years – but he was already involved in university politics as a spokesman of his student dorm. By...
  • Have a say and join in!
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    Should students also be involved in university politics alongside their course of studies? According to three TUM Alumni who should know, the answer is “Yes”. Manfred Färber (Mechanical Engineering 1969) was Chairperson of the AStA in 1966; Ulrike Irmscher (Mathematics...
  • “Come back home with a new way of thinking”
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    He is boss of one of the leading semi-conductor companies, an engineer out of passion and a former TUM student. That is why Dr. Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon, took the time to talk to student Ingrid Sánchez Jiménez. Internationality...
  • 5 answers by the President on the topic of openness
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    1. A longing for the new Openness towards the new, and more than that – a longing for the new – is the fundamental outlook of science. As the university’s teaching mission is science-oriented, it must always keep alive and...
  • Wanderlust times two
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    Dr. Bernhard Schönlinner spent a year studying in Milan 19 years ago, and thus belongs to the “first generation” of TUM Alumni to take part in the Erasmus program. Student Christiane Gabelsberger has just returned from her foreign semester in...
  • Can entrepreneurship be learned?
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      Professor Dr. Hana Milanov is TUM Vice President for International Alliances and Alumni and Professor of International Entrepreneurship. In her research she is particularly concerned with the significance of networks for the internationalization and success of companies.   1....
  • Just go for it?
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    Entrepreneurial stories are success stories – at least that’s how they read. But anyone who starts out with an innovative idea will find the path does not always run smooth. Challenges have to be overcome and funds invested. Success stories...
  • First courage, then fulfillment
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    In my personal biography, as a scientist and as a university manager, Democritus has repeatedly proved to be right: courage is a good companion, if accompanied by perseverance. From Plato on, audacia (courage) and fortitudo (physical and mental strength) have...
  • Back to the lecture hall
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    Josephine Büttner is the 50,000th Alumni in the TUM network; our first Alumni is the entrepreneur Karlheinz Hahn. In the summer they both returned to the lecture hall for a joint visit: there they talked about why mechanical engineers always...
  • Greetings from Iceland
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    “As a child I used to help out on a priest’s farm. To get to church and say mass he would have to cross a large river on the back of an Icelandic horse, because there was no bridge. The...