TUM São Paulo

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has operated its Liaison Office for Latin America at the German Center for Research and Innovation - São Paulo (DWIH-SP) since February 2012. The regional focus of its activities are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico - hereby building on many years of successful cooperation with Latin American institutions.

The University of São Paulo (USP), for example, the largest university in Brazil, has counted as one of TUM's partners since 1998. And between 2008 and 2011, TUM coordinated with EUBRANEX an ERASMUS MUNDUS program funded by the European Commission involving nine European and eleven Brazilian universities. In the long term, the cooperation has resulted in sustainable partnerships among the partners that last until today. 

Scientific cooperation between TUM and Brazil comprises research institutes, the Brazilian Center for Research in Physics (CBPF) and the National Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA) in Rio de Janeiro as well as the private business school FGV-EAESP in São Paulo.

TUM São Paulo is one of six liaison offices in addition to Beijing, Brussels, Mumbai, Cairo and San Francisco. 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.


  • Academic and Research Cooperation
    • Support TUM faculties and departments
    • Funding opportunities
    • Analyze potential and focus areas
    • Direct contact to scientific and industry partners in Latin America

  • Recruiting 
    • High potential researchers for TUM (PhD and Postdoc Workshops in the region)
    • Student Fairs / Conferences / Workshops in Latin America
    • Excellent BSc and MSc Students (information sessions at German and international schools in Latin America)

  • Network & Information
    • Identify new potential in relevant areas for TUM
    • Organize delegations / scientific events / workshops / technical visits
    • Local support
    • Raise visibility of TUM in the region
    • Connect alumni in Latin America with TUM
    • Member of the German Centre for Research and Innovation São Paulo (DWIH-SP)

TUM São Paulo Insights

Latin America – the different kind of innovation hotspot

In the second part of the TUM São Paulo Insights series on digitalization in Latin America, Sören Metz introduces Latin America as an innovation location. Find out why the region has so much potential for innovative entrepreneurial activities and what other countries can learn.

Brazilian schools in the age of the pandemic

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.

Events 2020

July 2020, Celebrating 100 Years of UFRJ - Knowledge Festival online

16. July 2020, Online (Brazil - event will be conducted in portuguese)

As part of the celebrations for the 100th birthday of the TUM partner university UFRJ, liaison officer Sören Metz will be presenting opportunities for student exchange as well as a doctorate and postdoc at TUM. This virtual format is part of the "Knowledge Festival" of the UFRJ, which takes place from July 14- July 24th organized and will be broadcast live on YouTube.

Thursday, 16. July 2020, 14h30 - 16h30 Uhr (BRT) - Brazil

More Information about the event the link to the live stream can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqdV4TNgN1U


July 2020, PhD in Germany - online Event - DAAD Bogotá

23. July 2020, Online (Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru - event will be held in Spanish)

Together with the DAAD regional office in Bogotá, Liaison Officer Sören Metz takes part in the virtual information event on the subject of "Doctorate in Germany" and will explain questions about financing, supervision and procedures for doctoral studies at TUM.

Date & Time:
Thursday, 23. July 2020, 16h00 - 18h00 (BRT) - Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador und Peru

More information about the event and how to register can be found here: https://www.daad.co/es/event/sesion-virtual-de-preguntas-y-respuestas-programas-de-becas-doctorales-en-todas-las-areas-de-conocimiento/


PhD Workshops in Latin America

Together with the FU Berlin, TUM São Paulo has developed a new format for consultation and information on doctoral paths available at TUM, specifically designed for potential doctoral candidates in Latin America. 

In 2017, this format was extended to Mexico and in 2018 to Buenos Aires, thus resulting in the successful implementation of ten PhD workshops reaching and advising 300 potential candidates up until today.

The workshops in Brazil were financially supported by the German Center for Research and Innovation - São Paulo.

PostDoc Workshops in Latin America

In 2015, as a logical complement to the PhD workshops, TUM São Paulo and FU Berlin started to offer a new format for informing potential PostDoc researchers from the Latin American region about career possibilities at TUM. 

In 2017 the format was exported to Mexico and in 2018 a postdoc Event in Argentina was implemented. By the beginning of 2019, the office had conducted seven PostDoc workshops (three in São Paulo, two in Rio de Janeiro, one in Mexico City and Buenos Aires) and had advised some 400 potential candidates.

The workshops in Brazil were also financially supported by the DWIH-SP.