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Excellence Initiative winner TU München invests in the future: Young researchers
Date:8/9/2012

Just weeks after the funding decision in the second program phase of the German Excellence Initiative, the Technische Universitt Mnchen (TUM) is rolling out a German innovation: 100 tenure-track professorships for young researchers. Among the winners for a second time, TUM was awarded around 165 million euros over the next five years for initiatives aimed at advancing top-level research. This funding supports participation in five major collaborations, development of the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering, and an institutional strategy, "TUM. The Entrepreneurial University," that strongly emphasizes career paths for young researchers.

With a portfolio covering natural and life sciences, engineering, medicine, and economics, TUM has set out to enhance research by transforming the system that determines how German universities recruit and cultivate or, all too often, lose top talent. The university is devoting a significant fraction of its Excellence Initiative funding to launching an internationally oriented career system that is unique in Germany.

The traditional system stressed one-time professorial appointments rather than pathways for career development, offering hardly any opportunity to advance without leaving for a different institution. In the most ambitious bid yet to address this widely recognized problem, TUM has established an end-to-end career system with clear guidelines, transparent performance criteria, supportive flanking measures, and rigorous evaluation processes. The university is launching the TUM Faculty Tenure Track System with a drive to create the first 100 tenure track professorships between now and the year 2020.

"The idea of a tenure track for university professors is nothing new," says TUM President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, "but the fact that a German university is offering young researchers a clear view ahead and real opportunities to take charge of their own upward career advanc
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Contact: Patrick Regan
regan@zv.tum.de
49-089-289-10515
Technische Universitaet Muenchen
Source:Eurekalert

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