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In late 2018, Imperial College London (Imperial) and Technical University Munich (TUM) entered into a sustainable strategic partnership based on their longstanding collaboration. Imperial is considered one of the best technical universities in Europe, and is engaged in manifold research collaborations with TUM. With the flagship partnership, both institutions reconfirm their commitment to international collaboration across borders.
On October 5, 2018 in London, TUM President Wolfgang A. Herrmann signs the Memorandum of Understanding, to further deepen the collaboration between TUM and Imperial. The cooperation will not only further enhance complementary strengths in high tech fields such as Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Aerospace, but will also promote activities in transversal institutional topics like appointments, recruitment and career development, and entrepreneurship.
On June 17 and 18, 2019, TUM President-elect Professor Thomas Hofmann visits Imperial College London. On this occasion, TUM and Imperial announce the launch of a joint PhD program at the interface of Artificial Intelligence, Health Care and Robotics. The program will further enhance collaboration in this promising research filed, and lay the base for even more joint research projects. In the context of the visit, Professor Hofmann also engages in a discussion round at the Goethe-Institut London on "Science, Diplomacy and our European Future" .
Common seed funds
Both TUM and Imperial College are committed to supporting initiatives for joint projects. To achieve this goal, both universities offer financial incentives to their members through the TUM Global Incentive Fund and the ICL–TUM Collaboration Fund.
Global Fellows Program
Through this program, around 40 doctoral students from TUM, Imperial, and NTU collaborate annually in a summer school. They strengthen their intercultural skills to effectively and creatively advance joint research ideas of the partners.
Joint Academy for Doctoral Studies
JADS is a bilateral, interdisciplinary doctoral program. It comprises up to six projects per year, each of which is worked on jointly by doctoral students and supervisors from TUM and Imperial.
Mathematical Sciences Hub
The mathematics departments of Imperial and TUM have established a joint platform which offers support for the further development of joint research projects and funding initiatives.