Double degree partnership with University of Queensland

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In the future, master's students from both universities will be able to obtain a master's degree in Data Science at the University of Queensland in addition to their degree in Informatics at TUM. The aim of the double degree programs is to incorporate the strengths of the study programs of the respective cooperation partners unchanged into the joint program.

Sitting: Brett Lovegrove, Prof. Juliane Winkelmann; standing: Prof. Oliver Hayden, Martina von Imhoff Photo: Harald Olk/TUM

Another double degree partnership offers new opportunities for master students of the TUM School of Computation, Information and Technology and the Australian University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane: In the future, interested students will be able to obtain a master's degree in Data Science at UQ and vice versa at the same time as their degree in Informatics at TUM. To this end, Brett Lovegrove, Pro-Vice Chancellor Global Partnerships at UQ, Prof. Oliver Hayden, Vice Dean Studies and Teaching at the TUM School of Computation, Information and Technology, and Prof. Juliane Winkelmann, Executive Vice President for International Alliances & Alumni at TUM, signed a corresponding agreement in Munich on March 10, 2023.

The aim of the double degree programs at TUM is to bring the strengths of the study programs offered by the respective cooperation partners into the joint program without any changes. The first year of the master's program takes place at the respective home university, the second at the partner university. The jointly supervised master's thesis should preferably be written abroad. The double degree program is designed for a total of five semesters. 

Discussions between representatives of TUM and UQ on this double degree agreement have already been taking place since 2018. For the UQ Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, Prof. Michael Brünig, Prof. Aleksandar Rakic, and Melinda Knox were committed to advancing the double degree. On the part of the former Department of Informatics - now part of the TUM School of Computation Information and Technology - Dr. Claudia Philipps and Martina von Imhoff were involved. Due to the pandemic, however, the talks could only be resumed in 2022 and fortunately concluded in good time, so that the first TUM students can already be nominated for a double degree at UQ in the next academic year 2023/24.

A very special relationship has linked TUM and UQ since as early as 2010. Despite the geographical distance, a partnership has developed within just a few years that spans a wide range of disciplines. In addition to numerous successful joint research projects and symposia, various mobility programs for students, doctoral candidates, and administrative staff have also contributed to advancing the exchange and cooperation between the two universities at all levels.

In April 2021, TUM's third flagship partnership was sealed with UQ. By joining forces, research topics of great social relevance are to be advanced even more strongly in the future. The focus is particularly on sustainability and the bioeconomy, digital agricultural and food sciences, hydrogen technology, green energy generation, and precision medicine.

Contact person at TUM: Martina von Imhoff, Student Exchange Coordinator