Friederike Hettinger takes over the project development company of TUM
As a subsidiary of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), TUM International GmbH has become a leading provider for the development, coordination and operation of integrated science and industry clusters.
At the turn of the year, Friederike Hettinger now succeeds Daniel A. Gottschald as Managing Director. The President of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) Prof. Dr. Thomas F. Hofmann emphasizes the importance of the subsidiary:

"TUM International is a central component of our global strategy. As a university, we see ourselves as a knowledge exchange center - and TUM International supports us in networking our university talent worldwide. I am convinced that the new Managing Director Friederike Hettinger will continue and expand the highly successful work of her predecessor Daniel A. Gottschald. And I would like to thank Mr. Gottschald for his tireless efforts in efficiently linking science and business and establishing a global network over the past years."

Under Gottschald's leadership, TUM International has been able to support around 50 projects at more than 20 locations on almost all continents since 2016. During this time, TUM International has become a globally recognized project development company for knowledge-driven ecosystems. More recent milestones include the expansion of the competence field of industrial park development with InSITE BAVARIA at the Industrie Center Obernburg, the establishment of competence centers and project offices in the port of Trieste via the Caucasus and the Gulf region to Southeast Asia, and the spin-off of TUMint·Energy Research GmbH, which is advancing the industrialization of solid-state batteries.

Hettinger has already gained intensive experience at TUM International. She led business development at TUM International and established key locations - including in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. Most recently, she worked as Strategic Alliance Manager at a global technology company in Boston. To continue proven partnerships and forge new alliances, Hettinger plans to develop international campus locations and drive collaboration with industry partners through technology transfer centers.

There are also plans to significantly expand TUM International's competencies in the areas of digitization, entrepreneurship and sustainability. In April 2021, TUM International will move into the Munich Urban Colab, which is being built as an innovation and startup center jointly by UnternehmerTUM and the City of Munich.