TUM goes to Heilbronn

Prof. Reinhold R. Geilsdörfer, Managing Director of the Dieter Schwarz Stiftung (left), and TUM-president Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann have signed a key issues paper. (image: U. Benz / TUM)

At the initiative of the Dieter Schwarz Stiftung, a German non-profit organization, the Technical Universtity of Munich (TUM) and the TUM School of Management will get involved in the Bildungscampus Heilbronn. The three focal areas of research and teaching at TUM's new location will be the management of digital technologies, entrepreneurship, and family businesses.

In establishing the new campus and cooperating with the numerous “hidden champions” of the technology-intensive Heilbronn-Franconia economic region , TUM wants to set an internationally visible signal. The German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS), which is located on the Bildungscampus Heilbronn, is to be integrated into the new TUM campus in a suitable manner.

The Dieter Schwarz Stiftung has made the decision to permanently finance, among others, 20 new professorships at TUM, 13 of which will be based in Heilbronn. This will benefit companies in one of Germany's strongest economic regions, whose future employees get the chance to study at one of Germany's top universities. The Heilbronn area's economic power also benefits neighboring Bavarian Franconia. It is home to numerous notable companies and market leaders from several high-tech industries.

On December 19, 2017 the Technical University of Munich and the Dieter Schwarz Stiftung have signed a key issues paper (“Eckpunktepapier”). This brings the TUM Heilbronn campus one step closer to becoming a reality. The Dieter Schwarz Stiftung has been in contractual negotiations with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and its School of Management since this summer, when it decided on TUM as its collaboration partner in establishing a university site in Heilbronn. Today's signature of a Key Issues Paper by both parties marked the most important milestone on the way to making the TUM Heilbronn campus a reality. The extensive contractual document is currently in the final approval phase. The TUM School of Management is one of the German-speaking sector's strongest Schools of Management when it comes to research. It is the national Number 1 in the renowned German Handelsblatt Ranking and constantly achieves leading positions in the CHE-Ranking (Bachelor). The School of Management has won the “Triple Crown”, i.e. has received all three decisive international accreditations: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. In order to earn these seals, Business Schools have to fulfill a variety of quality criteria including a high level of teaching staff qualifications, an international curriculum, close interaction with the business world and high levels of commitment to ethics and sustainability.