- 120,000 students
- 17% international students
- 14,000 researchers
- 14 collaborative research centers
- €330m in grants
The academic hub for research, teaching, study and networking in Germany’s vibrant Ruhr area
The University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) is an alliance of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen. The UA Ruhr Liaison Office New York represents these three universities in North America. UA Ruhr New York was founded in 2004 under the name ConRuhr (Consortium of the Ruhr Area Universities) and is located in New York City. It is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States tax code and is supported through contributions by the three Ruhr Universities.
With over 120,000 students, 1,300 professors and nearly 14,000 researchers, UA Ruhr represents one of the largest and high-performing research locations in Germany. UA Ruhr New York promotes, supports and facilitates academic collaborations between the three Ruhr Universities and partners in the United States and Canada.
The UA Ruhr New York office promotes innovative transatlantic collaboration in research and education among the three UA Ruhr universities and academic partners in North America.
We leverage our strengths in science and engineering, social sciences, and the humanities, and create unique opportunities for international academic cooperation.
We assist in extending programs throughout the Ruhr region and in North America, and ultimately help develop solutions for global challenges.
Research partnerships and event planning
UA Ruhr New York is located at the German Consulate New York City. We have excellent facilities (conference and meeting rooms, auditorium, restaurant) available for various types of events, including workshops, panel discussions, lectures, and exhibits.
News & Events
The universities of UA Ruhr offer a broad variety of cutting-edge research that transcends disciplinary borders and achieves international recognition. The collegial nature within and between disciplines and institutions is one of the true hallmarks of the Ruhr Area. Students, scientists, and scholars who come to the UA Ruhr universities become part of a down-to-earth and close-knit network of research institutes and companies whose impact stretches far beyond the Ruhr Area.
Here you can find more information about research in the UA Ruhr, espacially the Flagship Programs Materials Chain and Ruhr Explores Solvation (RESOLV) and the Competence Field Metropolitan Research (in german only).
Further information about:
UA Ruhr New York Team
Gerhard Schembecker, Prof. Dr.
President and Treasurer
Gerhard was appointed Professor for Plant and Process Design at the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering at TU Dortmund University in 2005. His research interests focus on the conceptual design and simulation of (bio)chemical processes with special interest in innovative downstream processes and on module based plant design. Gerhard has published over 30 reviewed papers and textbook chapters, is co-inventor of 3 patents and a member of various scientific organizations and advisory boards. He is the speaker of the North Rhine-Westphalian graduate cluster "Industrial Biotechnology". For more details, see Gerhard's page on the website of the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering at TU Dortmund University.
Barbara Schneider, Dr.
UA Ruhr NY Coordinator
Barbara is the Director of the International Office at TU Dortmund University. Her responsibilities include the coordination of the New York office from the German side. Prior to joining the International Office, Barbara worked in the American Studies Department where she was involved in the orientation program for students from North America. She wrote her dissertation on international education focusing on student exchange between the United States and Germany. For more details, see Barbara's page on the website of the International Office at TU Dortmund University.
Peter has been leading the New York office since 2014 and has supported and facilitated academic collaborations between the three Ruhr Universities and a steadily growing network of partners in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining UA Ruhr, Peter was the Educational Liaison at the Goethe-Institut New York where he developed outreach and marketing strategies for positioning German programs in the US. Before that, he worked as lecturer for German Studies at Trinity College (CT). For more details, see his LinkedIn profile.
UA Ruhr New York Board Members
TU Dortmund University
Joann Halpern, Dr.
Director, Hasso Plattner Institute
Ute Klammer, Prof. Dr.
Director, Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ)
University of Duisburg-Essen
Nils Metzler-Nolte, Prof. Dr.
Chair, Inorganic Chemistry
Ruhr University Bochum
Susanne Nienaber von Türk
Attorney-at-law and Partner
Wormser, Kiely, Galef & Jacobs, LLP