Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany

The Technical University of Munich was founded in 1868 as a center of learning dedicated to the natural sciences. Today TUM is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. With 14 departments, 6 Integrative Research Centers, 545 professors and 10,000 staff members TUM provides an excellent environment for research and for the education of 41,000 students in 177 degree programs.

At TUM bioeconomy was recently (October 2017) concentrated at „TUM Campus Straubing for Biotechnology and Sustainability (TUMCS)“. This sixth Integrative Research Center conducts fundamental research and technological developments on biogenic resources, biotechnology and bioeconomy. Research focuses are the chemical and energetic use of biogenic resources as well as its economic aspects. Additionally to PhD studies, at TUMCS the academic education takes place within the Master’s and Bachelor’s degree programs „Renewable Resources“, „Chemical Biotechnology“, „Technology- and Management-oriented Business Administration“, „Biomass Technology“ and „Bioeconomy“ (from winter semester 2018/19).

University of Queensland (UQ), Australia

Founded in 1909, the University of Queensland is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. It strives for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, UQ has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

In 2017, the University of Queensland had more than 52,000 students including 15,400 international students from 141 nations. UQ’s more than 16,400 postgraduate students include one of Australia’s largest PhD cohorts, celebrating its 13,000th PhD graduation in 2017.

The Federal Government’s 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia exercise confirmed UQ as one of the nation’s top three universities, measured by the quality of its comprehensive range of specialised research fields. UQ’s outstanding critical mass offers researchers significant interdisciplinary capability. The assessment rated 100 per cent of UQ’s broad fields of research at or above world standard.

Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp), Brazil

UNESP was established in 1976 and is one of the largest and most prestigious research-intensive universities in Brazil. The institution offers free education and is committed to excellence in teaching, research and community engagement.

It has a distinctive structure, with schools and institutes located in 24 cities in the state of São Paulo, being one of the most successful multi-campus universities in the world. About 3.500 academics and 7.000 non-academic staff contribute to the development of the institution that counts with about 36.000 undergraduate and 15.000 graduate students.

The university awards more than 1.200 Ph.D. diplomas per year and is responsible for about 8% of all Brazilian scientific publication. In the last five years, almost 31.000 scientific papers were published by university’s researchers. The institution’s research priorities are Healthy Societies, Transformative Technologies, One Health, Feeding the World, Biosphere, and Bioeconomy.

The institution’s permanent social engagement through different initiatives, the high employability rates among alumni and its top ten position in the most prominent Latin America rankings among other relevant features, reinforce UNESP´s reputation as one of the best institutions in the region.