PRESSEPORTAL Presseportal Logo
All Stories
Subscribe to Technische Universität München

17.12.2019 – 15:44

Technische Universität München

TUM and SAP seal research and development partnership


Corporate Communications Center

phone: +49 89 289 22798 - email: - web:

This text on the web:


European hub for data and information technologies

TUM and SAP seal research and development partnership with construction of new building on campus

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and SAP SE are launching a long-term research partnership at the TUM Campus to jointly advance the technological revolution of digitization. This is Germany's most extensive research and development partnership between a company and a university, focusing on the core topics of artificial intelligence and machine learning as well as their secure application.

"By joining forces with TUM, we are building an important bridge between science and business. TUM conducts world-class research and enjoys an excellent reputation in computer science and business informatics. We are therefore looking forward to further intensifying our cooperation with TUM. This creates added value for both partners andwill boost Munich's competitiveness, while creatingnew opportunities for talented people," says Thomas Saueressig, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE for SAP Product Engineering.

As part of the "Industry on Campus" strategy, the research and development activities of TUM and SAP SE will be bundled under one roof to capture synergy effects for both partners. In the coming years, a new building will be constructed on the Garching Campus, giving well over 700 SAP and TUM researchers the opportunity to carry out joint research at one site. "This top-class partnership combines the leading competences from science and industry in a unique way. Together, we are spearheading the technological revolution of digitization and supporting the high-tech agenda of the state of Bavaria. With this first 'Industry on Campus' initiative, we are setting the largest milestone to date in the implementation of our TUM AGENDA 2030 within the framework of the federal and state Excellence Strategy in Germany," says Prof. Dr. Thomas F. Hofmann, President of TUM.

Cooperating in key areas of the future

With researchers in the fields of informatics and information systems, the partners will work on innovative technological solutions in the areas of production and procurement, artificial intelligence, machine learning, the internet of things, robotics, big data, cloud computing, and mobility. In addition, new degree and doctoral programs will help to prepare the next generation of students for the rapidly evolving challenges of the future. "With the new building for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the development of a new research facility for the TUM Center for Quantum Engineering, the recently established Munich Data Science Institute, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security, the Garching campus uniquely combines scientific excellence with economic application. Strengthened by the cooperation between TUM and SAP SE, a leading European hub for research and teaching in data and information technology is now emerging," says Prof. Hofmann.

Bavaria's Science Minister Bernd Sibler emphasizes: "This strategic research partnership is a great benefit for Bavaria as a center for science and technology. The future research cluster of TUM and SAP, focusing on the key areas of information technology and business informatics supports the technology offensive described by the Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder with the ,Hightech Agenda Bayern'. With this step, TUM is proving once more thatprogressive thinking, innovative strength, and openness to new structures are the basis of its success. This demonstrates how an entrepreneurial university can make the best possible use of its potential and decisively advance research in key areas of the future."

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe's leading research universities, with around 550 professors, 42,000 students, and 10,000 academic and non-academic staff. Its focus areas are the engineering sciences, natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, combined with economic and social sciences. TUM acts as an entrepreneurial university that promotes talents and creates value for society. In that it profits from having strong partners in science and industry. It is represented worldwide with the TUM Asia campus in Singapore as well as offices in Beijing, Brussels, Cairo, Mumbai, San Francisco, and São Paulo. Nobel Prize winners and inventors such as Rudolf Diesel, Carl von Linde, and Rudolf Mößbauer have done research at TUM. In 2006, 2012, and 2019 it won recognition as a German "Excellence University." In international rankings, TUM regularly places among the best universities in Germany.

More stories: Technische Universität München
More stories: Technische Universität München