TUM San Francisco
In late September 2015, TUM expanded its global network by opening a North America Office. The office is located in the heart of Downtown San Francisco at the German American Chamber of Commerce and is within walking distance to the Goethe-Institut and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
TUM provides top-class facilities for cutting-edge research and unique study opportunities. Therefore, TUM San Francisco’s mission is to promote TUM’s educational, scientific and technological excellence in North America by organizing webinars, networking events and presentations on selected research and innovation themes.
The office serves as a hub to connect scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to facilitate research cooperation and knowledge exchange, and it helps to intensify exchange relationships. With its proximity to the entrepreneurial culture of the Silicon Valley and renowned universities, such as Berkeley or Stanford, it informs on developments in science, technology, and education. In addition, TUM San Francisco maintains the relationship between TUM and its alumni across North America.
TUM San Franscisco is one of six liaison offices in addition to Beijing, Brussels, Mumbai, Cairo and São Paulo. Already in 2002, TUM established its own offshore campus TUM Asia in Singapore. The expansion of a global presence is part of the initiative TUM Global, a core piece of TUM’s institutional strategy which was a part of TUM's successful application within the German Excellence Initiative.
January 2018: New Year's Reception at the German Consulate General
On January 17, 2018, TUM San Francisco and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) organized their joint New Year's Reception at the German Consulate General in San Francisco for the second time. More than 250 participants - alumni in the region from TUM, DAAD and other German instittuions, current grantees, partners, supporters and friends of both institutions - came together to mark the start of the new year and to enjoy prime networking opportunities.
- Cultivating TUM’s partnerships in North America, e.g. by facilitating cooperation projects, advertising new programs and representing TUM at campus events
- Linking TUM researchers and staff to local stakeholders in support of their activities in the region
- Supporting TUM’s recruitment efforts in North America, e.g. by attending career fairs and organizing workshops for specific target groups (e.g. PostDocs)
- Knowledge-brokering: Monitoring and analyzing trends in higher education, research and industry, specifically in the San Francisco Bay area / Silicon Valley
- Supporting TUM delegations visiting the San Francisco Bay area / Silicon Valley
October 2018, US Venture Program
October 8 - 18, 2018, San Francisco, California
With the ten-day US Venture Program in Silicon Valley, TUM is targeting young but well-developed start-up teams to prepare them for the international market. In numerous workshops, they will work with world-leading experts and trainers on topics such as corporate culture, recruitment or international law, as well as discuss with executives from companies such as Google and Facebook, including some TUM alumni. They also have the opportunity to arrange individual meetings with potential clients and investors.