The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Munich's two large universities. It is home of all engineering faculties in München, and, in addition, includes faculties for the natural sciences, mathematics, and computer science, but also medicine and other life sciences.
TUM's history is closely connected with the names of a lot of famous scientists like Rudolf Diesel, Claude Dornier, Carl von Linde, Wilhelm Messerschmidt, Wilhelm Nusselt, Hans Piloty, Friedrich von Thiersch, and Heinrich Wieland.
Today, more than 40,000 students from all over the world are enrolled at the TUM, making it one of Germany's most renowned universities for science and engineering.
TUM's departments are located on three different campuses:
- the main campus (site plan) in the city centre is home to the department of civil engineering, architecture, electrical engineering, and economics; it is home to the Master's program "Computational Mechanics".
- the research area in Garching (site plan), about 20 km northeast of the city centre, hosts the departments of physics, chemistry, and mechanical engineering. Since August 2002, it is also the new home of the departments of mathematics and computer science, and therefore home to the Master's program "Computational Science and Engineering", as well.
- finally, the campus Weihenstephan (site plan) (agriculture and horticulture, brewing, food technology and dairy science, forest science) is located in the city of Freising, about 40 km northeast of München;
Furthermore, the university hospital "Rechts der Isar" hosts the department of medicine, and the department of sports science is located in the downtown Olympic park.