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Between July 28-31, 2020, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Beihang University hosted the 1st TUM-Beihang Virtual Forum on Aerospace Engineering. The event, which attracted some 40 researchers from both institutions, was organized, on the German side, by TUM’s liaison office in China (TUM Beijing) and the TUM Department of Aerospace and Geodesy, and on the Chinese side, by Beihang University’s International Division. The Forum was a successful example of how TUM continues to promote and foster international cooperation despite the current global pandemic. [more]

In the second part of the TUM São Paulo Insights series, Liaison Officer Sören Metz presents Latin America as an innovation location. With almost 650 million people in the region and diverse cultural influences from 33 countries as well as the high population density in the metropolitan areas, there is great potential for innovative entrepreneurial activities. [more]

The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. In 1920, the Universidade do Brasil was founded as the first public university by merging several public universities from the fields of engineering, law, social sciences, and medicine. The largest federal university in Brazil covers all areas of knowledge as a comprehensive university. [more]

On July 1, 2020, Germany’s presidency of the Council of the European Union started under the motto ‘together for Europe’s recovery’. It is the beginning of a trio presidency: Germany is followed by Portugal and then Slovenia. The three countries have drawn up a joint roadmap determining the long-term priorities for the next 18 months. In addition to combating the Covid-19 pandemic and the recovery of the European economy, the plan features research and innovation topics prominently. [more]

An alliance of leading European science and technology universities is starting an international study program with the goal of jointly shaping the engineering education of the future. This “EuroTeQ Engineering Campus” will be open not only to students enrolled at the partner universities, but also to engineers working in industry who are interested in life-long learning. The initiative will reinvigorate the symbiosis between society and technology together with various stakeholders and orient its programs towards a human-centered engineering. [more]

The TUM Global Week 2020 took place from June 22 to 26 in form of a week of virtual events. This way, even in times of Corona and worldwide travel restrictions, the wider TUM community had the opportunity to get to know the colleagues of the TUM Global network and to learn about current trends, activities and potentials in the different regions. [more]

We are excited to introduce Jeff Ouimet, our new TUM Liaison Officer in San Francisco. Jeff comes to TUM after spending 25 years practicing as a patent lawyer in the life sciences and an attorney at law representing companies and individuals in intellectual property and international transactional matters. Jeff will now work with TUM’s academic and institutional partners in the US and Canada, as well as with the alumni network. We caught up with Jeff online to get to know him a little better and find out more about his plans for the TUM San Francisco Liaison Office. [more]

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures to contain the spread of the virus, TUM Brussels quickly adapted to the new situation. Originally, the facilitation between TUM and its European partners is very much based on physical meetings, such as Horizon 2020 workshops. Now, we have established a new way of working: Innovative communicating paths, new virtual meeting forums while maintaining the same high-quality service to the TUM community, and a high sequence of activities. [more]

In the current TUM São Paulo Insights series, TUM Liaison Officer Sören Metz addresses the various aspects and projects regarding digitization in Latin America. Part one deals with school education and digital programs using the example of Brazil. [more]

On June 5, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) organized the first virtual DAAD Info Day in China. The all-day event attracted a total of 586 students and their parents. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) as well as seven other German universities and institutes participated in the event. [more]