Development cooperation at TUM

Many academics, students and employees at TUM explore societal challenges facing the entire world, such as climate change or the lack of sufficient energy or health care to support growing populations. Their commitment plays a valuable role in improving global economic, social and ecological conditions over the long term.

Development cooperation projects at TUM are multifaceted, involve a wide variety of fields, and are run by local partners around the entire world. For example, employees and students are involved in the construction of an innovative school auditorium in Tanzania, and medical students are working on humanitarian initiatives in Nepal and Myanmar.

Support from the Board of Management: Proud of TUM’s commitment around the world

“Countless TUM students, employees and academics are working in projects in developing countries, trying to find sustainable solutions to global challenges – including ways to combat illnesses or provide energy and food while conserving resources. We are proud to support this commitment.”
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Juliane Winkelmann,
Senior Vice President International Alliances and Alumni

TUM without borders – exemplary projects

Toranam – Environmental education centers in southern India

Many small farmers in southern India are challenged by increasingly severe periods of drought caused by climate change. Monja Müller, studying Forestry Science at TUM School of Life Sciences Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences department, wants to help with the Toranam project which she initiated together with her fellow student Franziska Weißörtel. The team is working on building a demonstration farm in the state of Andhra Pradesh where farmers can learn how to get good crop yields despite drought using agroforestry and sustainable water management.

Video: Toranam – Sustainable development project in southern India

Waterwheel project – Small hydropower plants for Nepal

Around seven million people in Nepal have no electricity, which can cause supply issues especially in remote mountainous regions. Stephan Baur from the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Energy Systems Department at TUM came up with the idea to build a small local hydroelectric power plant. After working with Kathmandu University to develop the concept and collaborating with local builders, it was possible to build the first prototype near Kathmandu with strong support from student Johannes Eisner.

Video: Documentation waterwheel project – "Originally we wanted to go mountain climbing"

Rooiklip Research Station – Ecological research in Namibia

Africa's ecosystems are under pressure due to population growth, regional conflicts and, above all, climate and land use change. This applies particularly to the dry countries of southern Africa, such as Namibia. Together with the Namibia University of Science and Technology or the Ministry of Environment, Dr. Thomas Wagner's team at the Rooiklip Research Station works on solutions to counteract global consequences of the different ecological disturbances.

Further information about the Rooiklip Research Station of TUM's Chair of Restoration Ecology

Malindi: Site of TUM field station in Kenya

The Technical University of Munich operates a field research station in the Kenyan coastal city of Malindi. TUM students and employees can use this station to conduct research or work on internships while in the country.

Cooperation with Pwani University

Together with the Pwani University (PU), located in Kilifi, 60 kilometers away from Malindi, joint cooperation projects with TUM have focused on the topics of community-based rehabilitation and inclusive development (Chair of Sociology of Diversity – CBResearch project) as well as biodiversity (Chair for Terrestrial Ecology – Quality Network Biodiversity Kenya). It is possible to contact representatives at the Pwani University to explore the possibility of new collaborative projects.

If you’re interested in doing research or an internship at the field research station in Kenya, please contact Dr. phil. Isabella Bertmann from the Chair of Sociology of Diversity.

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Funding opportunities: Stipends & support for internships

Funding opportunities in developing countries

The TUM International Center provides a travel allowance to support academic activities in developing countries. Learn more about the requirements and benefits involved with stipends.

Internship programs for developing countries

You want to be part of a project like the ones shown above? Learn more about organizations and programs that can provide support while you work in a developing or emerging country.