Since its founding in 1868, the Technical University of Munich sees itself as a servant of an increasingly technical society.
TUM’s academic faculties are divided amongst three campuses in the greater Munich area. The Main Campus in central Munich houses the faculties of Architecture, Medicine, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Surveying, Economics, Social and Sports Sciences. A second large campus is located in Garching, about 10 km north of Munich. Garching is home to the faculties of Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, as well as the Garching research reactor. Over the years, several research institutes, including the Max-Planck Society, the Bavarian Academy of Science and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität of Munich have joined TUM in Garching. The third TUM campus is located 35 km north of Munich in Weihenstephan, Freising, and is home to the faculties of Biology, Agricultural Science and Horticulture, Forestry and Resource Management, Brewing and Food Technology, Nutrition, and Landscape Planning and Landscape Architecture. There are also many institutions throughout Munich and the surrounding area that belong to TUM. These include the hospital Rechts der Isar, used for training medical students, and the Central University Athletic Complex.
The College of Professors of the Technical University of Munich has a total of 788 members. The 540 professors represent the core subjects of the 14 faculties. Specific practical aspects of the training are represented by honorary professorships.They stand for a largely unrivaled portfolio of subjects with a focus on natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medicine.
With over 2 million printed and electronic media, 400,000 loans, over 10 million full-text downloads and 1.83 million library visitors a year, the University Library is TUM’s scientific information center. The University Library consists of nine sub-libraries in Munich, Garching, Weihenstephan and Straubing. The University Library and all sub-libraries are under the central direction of the Library Directorate .They offer extensive literature and access to information from the fields of science and technology, architecture, engineering, educational research and education as well as nutrition, land use and the environment.
The business processes of the University Library and its associated sub-libraries are coordinated by the five central departments of User Services , Information Services , Media Editing , Library Technology & IT Services, and System Analysis & Implementation .
TUM School of Medicine, together with the university hospital, is one of the strongest medical research locations in Germany and its successes are internationally highly regarded. Medicine is one of the major areas that contribute to the TUM portfolio and is central for its further development. Students can complete their clinical study at TUM School of Medicine after a pre-clinic training phase jointly run with the Medical School of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. The interdisciplinary courses are based on the subject-focused curriculum „mediTUM“. Besides, TUM School of Medicine offers several doctoral programs for both medical students/physicians and natural scientists, such as the PhD program „Medical Life Science and Technology“.