Celebrating 10 Years of Engineering Knowledge
In 2002, TUM established the German Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) - TUM Asia, making it the first German university to set up an offshore campus. From its humble beginnings at the German Centre to the current Pixel (picture on right) and Singapore Polytechnic campus, TUM Asia now provides holistic higher education services from undergraduate programmes to PhD and-or applied research programmes to students here in Singapore and from all over the world. Graduates from TUM's privately operated Asian campus are in high demand among companies thanks to the successful combination of German engineering, management skills and understanding of Southeast Asian culture. This initiative is flanked by the TUM CREATE research center, where scientists are developing new electro-mobility concepts for the tropics.
Wolfgang A. Herrmann, TUM-President: "Ten years ago, we took a step into completely uncharted terrain for a German university. To date, we have provided hundreds of graduates with an intercultural education and seen our collaboration with our partners in Singapore thrive and intensify – proof positive that we are on the right path. Today, we are building on the mutual trust we have established in Singapore, generally viewed as east Asia's knowledge and learning hub."
TUM will be using its anniversary in Asia to thank the people of Singapore for their hospitality thus far and look at ways of encouraging next-generation talent. By funding the Building The Future project, TUM will be helping foster interest in technology and the natural sciences among children from less privileged backgrounds. Each year, TUM will invite two schoolchildren from Singapore to Germany. During their stay, the children will visit TUM's laboratories and attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. They then get their first taste of scientific research at the Berchtesgadener Land research center for schoolchildren.