Dear members of IN.TUM,
our third “corona semester” is coming to an end. Many of those who joined us at the beginning of the summer term 2020 for one of our master’s programs are maybe just one more semester away from their degree – without having been on campus for a single day. This thought provides just one argument in favor of steps towards allowing for more presence, i.e. more personal interaction in whatever constellations. We are all missing such opportunities!
But let’s also have a brief look at thrilling things that are upcoming – beyond the pandemic. First, the application portal for our new bachelor’s program Information Engineering on TUM’s Heilbronn campus has been opened, the nine open professorships will be published soon, and we are ready to start with a small “pilot cohort” this autumn and complement the programs of the TUM School of Management there. Second, in the preparation process for our new TUM School of Computation, Information, and Technology (CIT), we will enter a new and last stage before CIT’s launch: The “CIT in foundation” will start this October, with a Joint School Council, a Board of Deans, and a Board of Deans of Study. While the three current departments EI, MA, and IN will keep full functionality and sovereignty, the “CIT in foundation” will ensure convergence and prepare a smooth transition one year later. So a lot is to come, but a lot has already been done, for example in the many teams where members of all three departments and from all status groups have been discussing various topics for more than two years now, or in the “Council of the Twelve” (aka “CIT’s Twelve”?), where many decisions for the design of our future CIT have been and are currently pre-discussed and prepared. Thanks for this huge and broad commitment – it will help us to shape our new institutional home in the best possible way.
Dean of the Department of Informatics