TUM Graduate Council

Statement and Ideas for the Excellence Initiative

By | TUM Graduate Council

What is the Doctoral Candidates’ vision of pursuing a doctorate at TUM? Last Thursday, The Speakers had the opportunity to present this vision to president Hofmann on behalf of the TUM Graduate Council. It was a warm and fruitful discussion which not only proved the president’s support for our concerns but also provided us with some valuable background information. We are looking forward to seeing some of our ideas implemented – ideally as part of TUM’s Excellence Strategy.

Our statement’s three main points include:

👩‍🏫 Excellent Supervision … highlighting that the perceived quality of supervision differs substantially among doctoral candidates. Actions are required to make supervision at TUM even better and assure its quality.

📑 Funding and Woring Conditions … pointing out that the current state of compensation for doctoral candidates is complicated and opens up pathways for abuse. Actions are required to ensure that doctoral candidates can make a living in Munich.

🎙Colloquia for Doctoral Candidates … presenting doctoral projects to a TUM-wide audience of doctoral candidates, receiving diverse peer feedback, thereby facilitating interdisciplinary research and collaborations, and shaping a global mindset for future employment.

A huge thank you to our TUM Graduate Council members for working so hard on this statement!!!

Meeting with TUM President Thomas Hofmann

By | TUM Graduate Council
Graduate Council Speakers with Präsident Thomas Hofmann; Foto: Andreas Heddergott /TUM

How can TUM future-proof itself as an attractive and innovative choice for pursuing a doctorate among global top universities? What is your vision for the next decade? – some big questions asked by TUM president Prof. Thomas Hofmann in our first meeting. Big questions that we will make sure to carry back home to the TUM Graduate Council to collect some rich feedback by July 2024.

As newly elected speakers of the TUM Graduate Council, Leon Chryssos and Stuart Daniel James were introduced to Prof. Hofmann by their predecessors Anna Christina Jäkel and Ayesha Müller-Wolfertshofer. As first speaker Stuart will represent all doctoral candidates at the TUM Senate and TUM Board of Trustees for the coming year. Leon will take on a formative role at TUM Graduate School meetings as second speaker.

New speakers elected

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In order to vote on their next speakers, the TUM Graduate Council held its 74th meeting. We are happy to announce that Romina Rösch and Sebastian Straßer have been elected as first and second speakers of the Graduate Council.
They are doctoral representatives in the Medical Graduate Center and the Graduate Center Electrical Engineering and Information Technology respectively and will take office on October 1st. Congratulations!
Romina and Sebastian will take office on October 1st.

TUM Supervisory Award 2020

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TUM Supervisory Award 2020

During the 73rd meeting, the Graduate Council thoroughly discussed the TUM Supervisory Award 2020. We are proud to congratulate Prof. Dimitrios Karampinos (Body Magnetic Resonance Research Group for winning the TUM Supervisory Award 2020.  We thank Prof. Karampinos for his exemplary supervision and for his commitment to the training of his doctoral candidates. President Hofmann will present the winner at this year’s Awards Dinner.

Check out the nomination video