The Department of Mechanical Engineering is headed by the Dean and his deputies who are responsible for allocating resources, and by the Dean of Studies who is in charge of the organization and advancement of study courses.
The professors of the faculty are responsibly engaged in research and teaching in their professorships. Their independence is guaranteed in Art. 5 GG (German Basic Law) which warrants freedom of research and teaching.
What is the Department Council?
Headed by the Dean, the Department Council is the central decision-making body of a faculty. It takes all fundamental decisions affecting the faculty and which are beyond the scope of the Dean, Dean of Studies or other faculty bodies such as examination committees. In addition, the Department Council serves as a central communication platform enabling an exchange of information and opinions between representatives of the different groups of department members.
If you want more detail, here are the legal foundations: The rules for composition, competencies and operation of the Council are laid down in Art. 31 of the Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG) and in the TUM Charter (GOTUM). Tasks, rights and obligations of the Dean are outlined in Art. 28 of BayHSchG.
What does the Department Council do?
The Department Council at the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering is responsible, for instance, for treating and/or deciding on the following issues:
- Regulations governing exams and studies relating to mechanical enginering and the Munich School of Engineering
- Assigning teaching positions to external persons
- Election of representatives of the Dean (Vice Dean), election of the Dean of Studies, the Women's Representative of the faculty, the members of the examination committee
- Acceptance of doctoral applications and post-doctoral dissertations at the faculty and setting up relevant examination committees
- Establishment of new professorships and deciding on the composition of appointments committees
- Dealing with academic affairs such as honorary doctorates, assistant professors (Privatdozenten), honorary professorships, adjuncts at the faculty
What is the basic composition of the Department Council?
At the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department Council consists of up to 27 members. In addition, a few guests may take part in the council meetings.
- 22 elected members:
At the annual elections which usually take place at TUM in June, representatives of all member groups in the faculty are elected to the Department Council. In view of the size of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Basic Order (GOTUM) stipulates double the number of representatives per group as mentioned in Art. 31 of BayHSchG. This means election of
- 12 members from the group of professors;
- 4 members from the group of scientific staff;
- 2 members from the group of non-scientific staff;
- 4 members from the students' group.
- 5 members on account of their responsibilities:
Some persons are members of the Department Council on account of their responsibilities:
- the Dean;
- the two Vice Deans;
- the Dean of Studies;
- the Women's Representative of the faculty.
Currently a certain group of people may attend the Department Council meetings as permanent but non-voting guests: the elected deputies of the Women's Representatives of the faculty and 1 - 2 doctoral candidates from the Graduates Center Mechanical Engineering.
The Gender Equality Office of the faculty deals with the practical implementation of diversity policies and is the central advisory office for all issues relating to equality, promotion of women and family friendliness in the Department. The policies arise out of the diversity goals agreed together with the university's executive board.
- Supporting the women's representatives of the department
- Concept, planning, coordination and organization of activities
- Providing advice, supervision and support for the department's students and staff
- Counselling on departmental politics and supervising processes & structures
- Monitoring, evaluation and reporting on diversity measures
- Press & public relations regarding gender and diversity
- Participation in the TUM Equality Conference
A high priority are all measures that promote diversity and equality at all qualification levels as well as family friendliness and internationality in the department. The aim is to create an optimal infrastructure for students and staff, irrespective of gender and personal circumstances, and to meet the particular needs of students and staff who have care and family responsibilities.
If you are interested in being regularly updated on the activities of the Gender Equality Office and being linked in to information concerning equal opportunities, promotion of women and family friendliness on the Garching campus, please register using our Moodle-Group.
The IT Services Center of the Department of Mechanical Engineering will support you in all IT questions applying directly at a faculty level and which are not linked to a Chair. In addition, the center provides IT services for chairs and professorships which do not have their own IT personnel. Besides, the center administers cross-faculty software.
The Information Officer (IO) coordinates the use of IT at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The IO advises individual Chairs and institutes on the development of an efficient IT configuration. The campus-wide coordination of IT is the responsibility of the CIO/IO panel in which the IO represents the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The IO is actively involved in the development and implementation of new centralized IT services.
The Department Management assists the Dean in academic self-administration and coordinates administrative processes in the Department.
- Assisting the Dean in academic self-administration (preparing matters for the Dean, supervising Board meetings)
- Coordination of administrative processes in the department
- Supervision of appeals procedures
- Personnel management
- Supervision of long-term developments
The section "Infrastructure" deals with academic affairs such as honorary doctorates and honorary professorships, teaching assignments, awards and prizes and departmental events. Furthermore, this section assists the Dean in building administration and associated authorizations.
- Associate professorships (permissions to teach - "Privatdozenturen")
- Extraordinary professorships
- Teaching assignments
- Honorary professorships
- Honorary doctorates
- Faculty events and dates (Department Day, Colleagues meet Colleagues, Inaugural Lectures)
- Elections and university elections
Concerning matters of examination, the Examination Affairs unit is a central contact point for students. Its functions range from procedures of admission to university places up to industrial placements prior to and during Bachelor's studies and to overall grading and examination management tasks.
- Examination management in the committee secretariats
- Admission procedures for Bachelor's and Master's study programs
- Legally binding counselling of students on issues relevant to examinations
- Studies-related statutes and modelling of study programs in TUMonline
- Studies-related statistics
- Internship Office
The Quality Management and Controlling section coordinates the introduction and advancement of a quality management system in the Central Services unit of the Department. A further key task of this section is to maintain a comprehensive reporting system for the Department and to carry out budget planning based on the reports.
- Implementation and development of a quality management system
- Budget planning
A central contact body for both prospective and enrolled students, this section provides information about study programs, studying abroad and the organization of studies. Moreover, the section is responsible for the administration of study courses, the organization of studies and the administration of student grants. It assists the Department Board of Management, the Chairs and other university institutes in all matters regarding the development, planning and organization of studies.
- Strategy development in the area of "Study and Teaching"
- Coordination of study-related themes between the Department of Mechanical Engineering and other university institutions
- Setting up and modifying departmental study and examination regulations
- Administration of student grants
- Quality assurance and advancement of study programs offered
- Marketing concerning academic affairs
- Course guidance service
Graduate Center Mechanical Engineering (FGZ MW)
This Center is a key contact in all matters concerning the further development of female doctoral candidates. To create an environment that is near to ideal for this group of students, we are assisting the Chairs and specialist institutes of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. We are developing concepts that are targeted to meet the specific requirements of engineers. In the case of departmental events, it is our task to promote networking within and without the Department.
Center of Key Competencies
The Center of Key Competencies (ZSK) is a professional partner engaged in the further development of key competencies on the Garching campus. Its objectives are to broaden the interdisciplinary competencies of mechanical engineering students. We are offering trainings in teamwork, project work, creativity and management processes. Owing to these social, method and personality trainings, a truly comprehensive engineering education is provided.