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University Cooperations

Strategic university cooperations.

We bring innovations to life.

Taking personal mobility, translating it into innovations and reinventing it every day. Tackling this challenge takes a combination of diverse perspectives and skills – and it's something we at the BMW Group are good at. Moreover, when it comes to learning from others, being open to surprises and forging new pathways, good universities are the perfect place to start. 
This realisation is at the heart of the BMW Group's long tradition of university collaborations, with joint activities including talent development programmes and research projects exploring technological, business and social questions for the future. 

Connecting and shaping different worlds: The BMW Group and its strategic university partners are committed to promoting science and education around the world. We work hand-in-hand to generate innovations over the long term. 

Technical University Munich.

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We give technology a hand.

Through the strategic partnership between the BMW Group and the Technical University Munich.

The Technical University Munich (TUM) is a leading German technical college with an excellent global network. The TUM and the BMW Group are linked by extremely long-standing collaborations. Our joint long-term research platform CAR@TUM has been conducting interdisciplinary research projects since 2007. The BMW Group is also a partner of the Technical University's UnternehmerTUM Centre for Innovation and Business Creation as well as a founding donor of the TUM University Foundation. Our close exchanges with TUM are enabled by numerous events as well as by collaborations with interns and diploma and doctoral students.

Technical University Munich.

Arcisstraße 21
80333 München
+49 (0)89 28901

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

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We convert thoughts into actions.

With the strategic partnership between the BMW Group and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a major force in the research world, formed from the merger of the Karlsruhe University with the Karlsruhe Research Centre.

Since the winter semester of 2012/13, the Institute for Industrial Management and Industrial Production has offered a block course entitled "Supply Chain Management in the Automotive Industry". In addition, the BMW Group is a founding donor of the KIT Foundation and cooperates with the University on various forms of future talent development.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Kaiserstraße 12
76131 Karlsruhe
+49 (0)721 6080

RWTH Aachen University.

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With the strategic cooperation between the BMW Group and the RWTH Aachen University. As a globally networked university, the RWTH Aachen University is one of the largest German technical universities. It is a very important strategic partner for us in working together on the future challenges of the automotive industry.

Regularly organized Techathons focused on practical and scientific issues combine the common research and talent development activities of the BMW Group and the RTWH Aachen University. 

RWTH Aachen University.

Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen (home address)
52056 Aachen (postal address)
+49 (0)241 80-1

University of St. Gallen.

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We set the tone.

With the partnership between the BMW Group and the University of St. Gallen.
As one of the world's leading European Business Schools, the University of St Gallen has a strong profile in the world of business management.

In 2011, the BMW Group and the University of St Gallen's Centre for Customer Insight established the Customer Foresight Centre, focusing on research into the practical aspects of marketing, product positioning and pricing. Collaborations are also of major importance for strategic talent management.

University of St. Gallen.

Dufourstrasse 50
9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland
+41 71 224 21 11

Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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We illuminate visions.

With the strategic cooperation between the BMW Group and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is considered one of the most prestigious technical universities in the world.

Since 2001, the BMW Group has been a member of the MIT Industrial Liaison Programme. Each year, an international internship initiative between the Institute and the BMW Group brings numerous MIT students to Munich.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge,
MA 02139, United States
+1 617-253-1000

Georgia Institute of Technology.

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We operate seamless processes.

With the strategic partnership between the BMW Group and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is one of the USA's leading technical colleges, with several interdisciplinary research centres that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to America's government, industry, and business.
Georgia Tech also plays an important role in future talent development, especially at the BMW facility in Spartanburg.

Georgia Institute of Technology.

225 North Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30332, United States
+1 404-894-2000

Clemson University.

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We keep an eye on speed.

With the strategic partnership between the BMW Group and Clemson University.
Clemson University (CU) in South Carolina is known for its automotive research and education. In 2003, the BMW Group became the co-founder of Clemson University's International Centre for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).

The two BMW endowed chairs for Automotive Engineering and Automotive Manufacturing are pivotal partners in joint research. The CU-ICAR signature programme, Deep Orange, takes each new class of Masters students through an accelerated product development process from market research to conceptual design through engineering to prototype build of a vehicle, sponsored by varying OEMs.
The BMW Group and Clemson University also cooperate on various forms of talent development.

Nanyang Technological University.

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We turn ideas into nuts and bolts.

With the strategic partnership between the BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University.

Young and research-intensive, Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is an up-and-coming global university. In 2013, NTU and the BMW Group established the Future Mobility Research Lab.

Nanyang Technological University.

50 Nanyang Avenue
Singapur 639798
+65 6791 1744

Tsinghua University.

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We aid progress.

With the strategic partnership between the BMW Group and the Tsinghua University.
Tsinghua University in Beijing is one of China's top universities. Since 2012, it has been a major research partner of the BMW Group. Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (SEM) also runs the BMW Group's “Ready Go” in-house management development programme.

Tsinghua University.

1 Qinghuayuan, Haidian District
Beijing 100084, China
+86 10 62793001