The Technical University of Munich (TUM) was founded in 1868 by King Ludwig II with the mission of ‘delivering the igniting spark of science to the industrial world’. Since then more than 250 000 graduates, including 13 Nobel Prize winners, have emerged from our university of excellence.
In 2018, we will be celebrating 150 years ‘culture of excellence’. One of the key events amongst our festivities will be the International Symposium on ‘Global University, Society, Labor Market – How to Shape Tomorrow's Talents’ at the Theodor Fischer Auditorium on the TUM City Campus in Munich from June 7 to 8, 2018. On this occasion we will be inviting presidents from top universities worldwide and representatives of different high-level science and research-related entities as well as renowned industrial global players to discuss how each and every of those entities can foster the talents of tomorrow and how those different players interact with each other to address the needs of society and of the future labor market, forming responsible global citizens. Three keynote lectures and panel discussions will provide an opportunity to obtain different perspectives from those high-ranking international experts. We aim to tackle various questions during our symposium, such as: How can universities and science form responsible, open-minded, critically thinking and acting individuals? How can universities and science help to ensure international collaboration and exchange instead of protectionism, isolation and populism? And how can universities, research institutions and industry work together to reach these goals? As participation is by invitation only, we are very much looking forward to welcoming our selected guests to our International Symposium to experience lively discussions and gain new insights.
Wolfgang A. Herrmann