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TUM and Tsinghua University sign flagship partnership agreement

Top-level German-Chinese partnership in research, teaching and innovation

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is intensifying its partnership with Tsinghua University in China. Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann and Prof. Qiu Yong, the presidents of the two universities, signed an agreement today for a strategic partnership in research, teaching and innovation. Tsinghua University, which ranks among the world's most prestigious academic institutions, is one of TUM's oldest partners.

Researchers at TUM and Tsinghua University have been working together for more than 30 years. At the same time, lively student exchange activities have given many young talents access to fresh perspectives in their fields and exposed them to enriching cultural experiences. Founded in Beijing in 1911, Tsinghua University is not only regarded as the leading technical university in China. It also ranks among the most prestigious academic institutions worldwide. In the latest QS World University Ranking, it placed 15th.

The partners have now agreed to intensify their working relationship, which will cover all areas of university activities. In research, they will cooperate more closely on future-oriented fields such as mobility, environmental science, machine intelligence, aerospace and intelligent manufacturing. Double degree master's programs and joint activities in life-long learning and support for entrepreneurship will be established. The long-term German-Chinese cooperation will also have a special focus on the Tsinghua University campus in Shenzhen in southern China - one of the most important Chinese innovation hubs.

"Strategic pooling of strengths"

This comprehensive agreement represents the second such flagship partnership for TUM, following the one signed with Imperial College London in 2018. "The big questions of the future can only be addressed on an interdisciplinary basis, working in close cooperation at the international level," says TUM President Hofmann. "We're delighted that two outstanding global universities will now strategically pool their strengths on the basis of the spirit of trust we have built up over many years."

TUM also engages in close research and teaching exchanges with other Chinese universities and has had its own office in Beijing since 2006.

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The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe's leading research universities, with around 600 professors, 43,000 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, 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.

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