Talking about the world-wide known academic and R&D potential of Germany is almost impossible without mentioning Bavaria, one of Germany’s finest regions and homeland to the excellent Technische Universität München (TUM) and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU). As part of Université Paris-Saclay’s initiative to promote further academic and research exchange with France’s neighbouring countries, President Gilles Bloch and Director of International Development Guillaume Garreta made an official visit to Munich on 14 and 15 May 2018.
TUM President Wolfgang A. Herrmann with his fellow colleagues from the International Office and Presidency, reserved a warm welcome to the French delegates and expressed the university’s readiness to expand cooperation, in particular in the aerospace sector. TUM is already a reliable partner within the Erasmus+ and H2020 programmes of many UPSaclay member institutions (ENS Paris-Saclay, UPSud, AgroParisTech and CentraleSupélec) and implemented 8 collaborative projects with UPSaclay researchers with the support of the French-Bavarian Centre, whose director, Axel Honsdorf, shared more facts about the centre’s activities with the delegation.
On the second day of the business trip, the delegation members met the LMU President Bernd Huber and Vice-President of International Affairs Hans van Ess on the stunning LMU campus. This excellent university, the most prestigious in Germany according to many international rankings, a member of LERU, already has established partnerships both at the general university level, with UEVE a partner to a tripartite dual-degree agreement in Financial Mathematics, but also with individual member institutions (ENS Paris-Saclay, UPSud within the Erasmus+ & H2020 programmes). Among other projects, LMU and UPSaclay (CNRS /UVSQ) cooperate within the CNRS international ALEA-Network.
After the meetings, UPSaclay representatives visited the cutting-edge BioCentre on the newly-opened Großhadern Campus and the impressive NanoInitiative München, the nanoscience high-tech cluster conjointly run by TUM, LMU and Augsburg University, where they met the NIM Director Thomas Bein.
Given the future signature of an interregional agreement between Bavaria and Ile-de-France, UPSaclay is happy to pursue collaborations with TUM and LMU, particularly in the fields of graduate, postgraduate, research and start-ups exchange, and joint scientific initiatives.
On Großhadern Campus : Paul Alibert, scientific attaché, French embassy to Germany ; president Gilles Bloch; Jean Schleiss, LMU’s IRO Director
With NIM director, Thomas Bein
Picture at the top of the page: TUM Presidence office: UPSaclay Director of international relations, Guillaume Garreta; UPSaclay President, Gilles Bloch; TUM President, Wolfgang A. Hermann ; TUM Vice President, Juliane Winkelmann ; Scientific and academic attaché at the French Embassy to Germany, Paul Alibert ; TUM International Center Director, Harald Olk