The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is proud of its alumni and the active relationships with former graduates, a lot of which have lasted for decades. Exactly 25, 50 or even 60 years after their diploma or doctorate, around 190 of them returned to their alma mater this weekend for an anniversary celebration. They were honored with anniversary certificates at Galileo on the Garching campus.
President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann recognized the alumni for their outstanding academic and social commitment: "It's not the rankings that make a university, nor the buildings and technical infrastructure, but the people! It's the best-educated talents who bring scientific, technical and decisive medical advances to the world with a pioneering spirit and innovative strength, people just like you!"
Among this year's diamond jubilarians is Nobel Prize winner for chemistry Prof. Robert Huber. He won the international award in 1988 for his contribution to research into photosynthesis. Gold jubilarians include the current Vice President for Compliance at TUM, Prof. Angelika Görg, the President's tireless representative for Fundraising, Prof. Arnulf Melzer, and the former Bavarian Minister of Agriculture, Josef Miller. Among others, the Medical Director of the TUM Hospital rechts der Isar, Dr. Martin Siess, was honored as a silver jubilarian.
President Hofmann also expressly thanked all alumni who make financial contributions to support young academics through the TUM University Foundation and the Friends of TUM Association. "With their commitment, they help to change lives, address global challenges and actively shape the future with new talent," said President Thomas F. Hofmann in appreciation of the generous support.