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.
- 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
Blockchain is no longer a futuristic hype. There are already sectors in which the network technology in question has a disruptive effect and could therefore fundamentally change existing business processes. TUM San Francisco Liaison Officer Dr. Dolores Volkert explains how much potential the technology has regarding processes in the higher education sector, and how TUM fosters the development.
Already living in the Silicon Valley, Elmar Mair couldn’t resist and tried his luck with a start-up. About three years ago, Mair joined X, formerly known as Google X. Since then, he has been leading a team working on perception and navigation for a not yet publicly announced robotics project. TUM San Francisco liaison officer Dr. Dolores Volkert met the TUM alumnus in Silicon Valley.
Every year, the US Venture Program offers an intensive 10-day program to the best five TUM startups which includes various workshops and face2face pitch training in the unique ecosystem of the Silicon Valley. The participants will have the exclusive opportunity to meet successful entrepreneurs, visit companies and exchange experiences with mentors and experts. This unique event is jointly designed, organized and conducted by TUM San Francisco and TUM ForTe.