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.


  • 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

TUM San Francisco Insights

Blockchain: an accelerating trend – also for universities?

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.

Interview: A TUM alumnus in Silicon Valley

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.

Events 2019

September 2019, Study Trip TUM School of Management

Study Trip des Executive MBA in Business & IT

September 23 - 27, 2019, San Francisco, CA

This year, the second Study Trip of the Executive MBA in Business & IT of the TUM School of Management to California will take place. The part-time EMBA in Business & IT is aimed at experts and executives at the interface of management and IT. The kick-off event will be a welcome city tour through San Francisco on Sunday afternoon. From Monday to Friday the students will gain insights into entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and also visit various start-ups in the area for a day. The visit ends with a farewell dinner on Friday evening.

September 2019, UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair

UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair 2019

September 27, 2019, Berkeley, California

This year, TUM San Francisco again will participate in the UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair to inform about exchange possibilities, especially the Practical Research Experience Program (PREP).

October 2019, US Venture Program

US Venture Program 2019

September 30 - October 11, 2019, 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.

October 2019, Global Food Venture Program

Global Food Venture Program 2019

October 15 - 24, 2019, San Francisco, CA

The Global Food Venture program 2019 aims at offering insights into innovation ecosystems and networks with key players across Food & Agriculture. It is an educational offering for PhD students across Europe. Strategy, funding opportunities, StartUp building and the entrepreneurial culture of the famous Silicon Valley will be the program´s cornerstones in San Francisco.

October 2019, Transatlantic Sync Conference

Transatlantic Sync Conference

October 27 - 29, 2019, Mountain View, CAlifornia

This is an event of the initiative "Wunderbar Together", which will take place in Mountain View as part of the Germany Year USA 2018/19. The conference was initiated by young academics and experts from Stanford University. Some TUM Alumni are also involved in the organization.


TUM Entrepreneurship - US Venture Program

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.

More information on the program and the application procedure for the next round