The universities of UA Ruhr cooperate with hundreds of universities and institutions around the world. In 2013, the UA Ruhr universities have adopted a Mission Statement for their joint liaison offices.
Detailed information about the range of services for students, teachers and researchers are available at the liaison offices’ websites.
- Serve as a first point of contact for international students and researchers interested in UA Ruhr institutions
- Support student and faculty exchange
- Develop and deepen research contacts
- Organize summer programs and group study visits
- Help international guests find funding for teaching, study, and research in the Ruhr area
- Initiate new forms of collaboration between UA Ruhr and international institutions
- Keep in touch with friends and alumni from the Ruhr area
The website of each office provides additional information about its service range for students, teachers, and researchers from the respective country. Please don’t hesitate to contact our liaison offices if you have any questions or require assistance with choosing the UA Ruhr university program or partner that best fits your interests.
UA RUHR LIAISON OFFICES
Liveblog: US-Top students visit the UA Ruhr / Ruhr-Fellowship Program June-July 2017
The plans for the rest of the first week were company visits, a coal mine visit, and language classes. Each Ruhr fellow was matched with a company that relates to the fellow’s educational background and interests. I got matched with Contilia, a healthcare company that has branches of hospitals, kindergartens, and senior homes all throughout the NRW area. When I came to my company visit, I was told that I’d be working in a microbiology lab within the hospital. I was THRILLED to hear this as I get to finally have some “wet-lab” experience since most of my lab experience at Berkeley has been with a “dry-lab”.
After our company visits, we got to go underground and tour RAG, the last working coal mine of Germany. The experience was remarkable; meeting the prideful coalminers and seeing the manual labor they all endured on a daily basis really moved me and I was impressed with how cool, calm, light hearted all the miners were despite their heavy-duty jobs working thousands of meters underground! In order to get into the mine, everyone from our group had to trade in our normal clothes for a miner’s uniform consisting of many layers of long-sleeved shirts, long pants, long socks, heavy duty boots, ankle AND knee guards, and a heavy duty helmet. I felt quite silly but also very legitimate as I walked out in my outfit! We took an elevator down 1200 meters and traveled even further via tram to reach where the actual coal mining was happening. The most impressive part of seeing the coal mining happen was seeing how the improvements of technology within the mining space made the whole process efficient and safe to work in.
We also started our language classes this week. Our group was split into two levels – a beginning level and an intermediate level. I have no German language background and was placed in the beginning level class along with many other Ruhr fellows who also knew little to no German as well. It’s fun starting out with this beginning group because we’re all learning at the same speed together and it’s quite funny seeing each other experience similar feelings for excitement, confusion, and the like when it comes to learning a completely different language.
A narrative voice speaking both in English and German pronounces out statements and asks the people on stage to go to the left if their answer is "Yes" and to the right if their answer is "No". The statements include: "I am a German citizen", "I have a credit card", "I love my motherland", "I am a happy person", "I have been previously convicted". The audience then watches the people on stage move from left to right after each statement, observing the divide that exists regarding the majority that possesses the "good passports" and the minority possessing the "bad passports". At the very end of the piece, the narrator asks: "I believe that one day there will be no borders in the world". This is the only statement in which the people do not divide each other into the "Yes" and "No" sides, but instead form a line extended from the "Yes" side to the "No" side, with their hands tied to each other in the form of a wall. It is thus unclear if their answer is a "No" and that walls will be ever-existing, or if they lie in all different parts of the "Yes-No" spectrum regarding the topic of borders.
Yesterday, a group of us from the program, were stopped at a train station by two German men. They asked if we were American and then immediately started commenting on the political situation in the U.S., and on how the reasons people voted for Trump were in complete contradiction to their own values. The dance piece states that there is a big division in Germany between the people's experiences and value systems regarding movement and immigration, and one of the lesson from the U.S. election is that such divisions cannot go ignored for too long. This was a very thought-provoking way to start my experience in the Ruhr, and I am curious to learn more about the ways people engage with political questions here.
As I mentioned earlier, I spent the weekend traveling around Prague and Vienna. I went with two of my Ruhr fellow buddies, Sumesh and Frank. We all agreed this was the perfect travel group, as Sumesh had all the plans organized, Frank spoke German, and I had the chill personality to ease us all if anything were to go wrong. We took an overnight bus to Prague and got there early in the morning. After dropping our backpacks off at our hostels, we spent the entire day walking all around Prague, and oh my, it was BEAUTIFUL. Some of my favorite parts from the trip was visiting Prague Castel TWICE (once in the day time, once in the evening!), walking into random shops filled with handcrafted toys and trinkets that would only be found in Prague, and meeting up with other Ruhr fellows for dinner that served true Prague cuisine. The next day, we took a four-hour bus to Vienna. Sumesh, Frank, and I were all just so astonished at the fact of how easily it was for us to travel from one country to another! We kept raving at how the program intentionally gives us weekends for free in hopes for us to seize the opportunity to travel around and immerse ourselves in European culture. I couldn’t believe at how much I’ve done in so little time, and overall, I had an amazing week!