The study programs in agriculture at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Weihenstephan are once again registering a remarkable increase. In the winter semester, around 150 young people are starting their bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences. The number of freshers is now at a new high.
The number of freshers on the bachelor’s degree program has almost doubled compared to the level before the pandemic. This impressive increase does not just show the growing interest in agricultural and horticultural degrees. The TUM School of Life Sciences at the Weihenstephan Campus is developing at an extraordinary pace. Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann, President of TUM, said he was pleased about the significant increase: “The traditional location of Weihenstephan is of key strategic importance for the future of TUM and Bavaria as a business location. Because we are researching sustainable concepts and technologies here to safeguard the food supply for the growing global population. To achieve this, we set great store on innovative farming methods and improved crops, as well as genetic engineering, robotics, satellite data and artificial intelligence. The agriculture of the future is sustainable – it reconciles technological innovation, economic success and the needs of our planet with its finite resources.”
Weihenstephan: Excellence in research for new paths in agricultural science
TUM’s scientists are conducting research on how global challenges can be overcome in the future. They deal with topics such as smart farming, stress-tolerant crops and more sustainable livestock farming. In recent years, the degree programs in agricultural sciences have been modernized and many new professorships have been created. “With a total of 12 new professors to date, we have geared our agricultural sciences toward the future and there are still more new professorships in the pipeline. This covers all topics in the agricultural sector – from soil to plants, animals, technology and economics,” says Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, Dean of the TUM School of Life Sciences.