TUM Asia commenced operations in Singapore in 2002 as an affiliate of the Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich, TUM). TUM was invited to set up a campus in Singapore to be part of the “Global Schoolhouse Initiative”, a project that aimed to develop Singapore into a hub with world-class educational institutions – providing a variety of top quality education options to Singaporeans and in the region.
As the first German academic venture abroad, TUM Asia is supported by the Singapore Government through the Economic Development Board (EDB), and by the German Government through the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
PARTNERSHIPS WITH ASIA’S BEST UNIVERSITIES
Through its groundbreaking collaboration with Singapore’s two leading universities, TUM has pioneered globalization of German universities with the presence of TUM Asia in partnership with National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to offer post-graduate programmes.
Facing a rapid increase of demand for skilled labour, TUM Asia has also launched programmes in TUM’s expertise – bringing the best of German Engineering to Asia. The degrees are taught by TUM faculty combined with relevant lectures from experts in German and Singaporean industries, integrating a globalized classroom environment.
In a holistic take towards the education offerings here in Singapore, TUM Asia partnered Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) in 2009, offering undergraduate programmes to local Polytechnic Diploma and GCE “A” Level holders.
Together with all its prestigious Singaporean partners, TUM Asia now serves as a one-stop facility for higher education needs.
From the graduate programmes to postgraduate, PhD and/or applied research programmes, TUM Asia produces highly qualified graduates that are relevant to the industry for technology-oriented leadership roles in the current global economy.
1. TALENTS ARE OUR ASSETS, REPUTATION IS OUR RETURN
According to the 2011-13 and 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (also known as Shanghai Ranking), TUM was placed as the #1 University in Germany. TUM has been placed among other prestigious and internationally recognized universities, such as Harvard University, The University of Tokyo, and the National University of Singapore. In the 2015 QS Rankings, TUM was also placed as Germany’s #1 University.
Besides being Germany’s #1 University, TUM enjoys many other accolades such as being the only German university to be awarded the “University of Excellence” award for 6 consecutive years (2006 – 2012) and enjoying the fourth-best ranking among all technical universities in Europe.
2. THE BEST LECTURERS THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER
5,000 papers & 18,000 citations only attest to the highest academic standards at TUM. Professors at TUM engage in both teaching and research at the same time, thus actively educating the bright minds of tomorrow with the most recent & advanced information in the field.
Teaching staff at TUM Asia are flown in from Germany on an exclusive teaching basis, ensuring that students get the undivided attention of their lecturers. Lecturers from the local universities and industry are also contracted on a course-by-course basis to provide relevant & practical expertise, creating an environment for holistic learning.
3. STRONG INDUSTRY NETWORK
At TUM Asia, we believe in equipping our students with a practical education, combining theory with industry-relevant application. As Germany’s #1 University, we enjoy strong ties with significant industry partners, such as BASF, Clariant, Infineon, Intel, Rohde & Schwarz and Wacker, just to name a few.
The curriculum of our courses are jointly developed with our partners so that our students acquire knowledge and skills that are relevant for tomorrow’s world. Scholarships are available widely to outstanding students and internships are relevant to the pupil’s course of study.
4. HANDS-ON APPROACH
Isaac Newton founded the Law of Gravitation after he observed the apple falling from the tree. At TUM Asia, we believe that learning is linked closely to a hands-on approach. In all our courses, students undergo a period of thesis work alongside an internship.
This serves to provide an avenue for students to test their theoretical knowledge, as well as inspire them to take what they have learnt and innovate the future. Students have gone on to pursue research-related careers, and more recently, the set-up of TUMCREATE (by NTU & TUM) to provide electro-mobility solutions for cities in the tropics have opened up opportunities for students to put to use what they have learnt in school.
5. STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY
As Thomas Friedman said, “The World is Flat”. Globalization is now an inevitable force that is here to stay, and at TUM Asia, we proudly boast a diverse enrollment of students hailing from over 28 countries. This means that we foster a vibrant learning environment where the student learns beyond the textbook but also through the lives of their counterparts. Ideas are synthesized across the diverse economic realities ad students learn to see from multiple vantage points, creating a capacity to solve problems in creative ways.