Recruitment of Excellent Academics
To maintain its edge in the global competition for the best academics, LMU Munich has devised several new strategies. Appointment procedures have been tightened and may be initiated proactively in appropriate cases. In these cases, a finding committee composed of internationally renowned representatives of the field in question is established. Funding from the Excellence Initiative may also be used for the attractive endowment of strategically important positions, in order to draw researchers from all over the world to LMU Munich. LMU has already used these new appointment procedures to recruit numerous internationally acclaimed professors. As of 15 August 2009, the Free State of Bavaria granted LMU the right to appoint professors, which has also increased its autonomy as regards professorial appointments.