University Alliance Ruhr

The UA Ruhr universities have joined forces in order to boost their capacity and performance by bundling their competencies and strengths. Their corporate philosophy is to balance competition and collaboration in a manner that benefits all members.


New call from the College for Senior Fellowships 2025

The College for Social Sciences and Humanities calls for applications for its Senior Fellowship Programme. Excellent international researchers in the social sciences and humanities and tandem partners from the University Alliance Ruhr can apply until 10 June 2024 for research fellowships commencing in March or September 2025.


Experts from the UA Ruhr discuss "Work and democracy" with interested parties

This public series explores how the world of work promotes the democratic development of our society.


International Advisory Board Appointed

The new International Advisory Board advises the University Alliance Ruhr on its long-term strategic planning.


Call for applications from Academy in Exile: Support for researchers under threat

For 2024, Academy in Exile has announced twelve new fellowships, enabling scholars at risk to spend two years conducting research at TU Dortmund University or the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (KWI).


Senior Fellows Start Research Stays at College for Social Sciences and Humanities

The first international Senior Fellows have begun their research stays at the College for Social Sciences and Humanities of the UA Ruhr in the beginning of March. Their reception marks the official start of the international Senior Fellowship Programme, admitting up to 20 visiting researchers per year.

About UA Ruhr

Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) have maintained a strategic collaboration within the University Alliance Ruhr since 2007. With more than 110,000 students and almost 14,000 researchers, the UA Ruhr is one of the largest and best-performing academic hubs in Germany. The UA Ruhr stands for innovation, excellence and active partnership in research. Together we are shaping the future!

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Research Alliance Ruhr

The UA Ruhr’s top-level international research on pressing issues of the future has been consolidated under the umbrella of the Research Alliance Ruhr since 2021. With four research centers and a college for social sciences and humanities, the Research Alliance is a beacon within the knowledge metropolis Ruhr and serves as an attractive research environment for outstanding scholars.

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Research Academy Ruhr

In the Research Academy Ruhr, RUB, UDE and TU Dortmund University have combined their extensive programs for supporting early career researchers since 2017. The more than 10,000 young researchers within the UA Ruhr are supported through transferable skills qualification opportunities and benefit from a diverse range of networking options throughout their career path.

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International network

The UA Ruhr universities cooperate with universities and research institutes around the globe. In order to expand their international relations, the three universities set up their first joint liaison office in New York as early as in 2004. A wealth of programs promote international exchange, while the number of degree courses taught in English is also rising.

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Excellent together

The UA Ruhr will enter the Excellence Strategy competition with four full proposals for Clusters of Excellence in August 2024. The RESOLV cluster receives further impetus for continuing research on solvents through the Research Center Chemical Sciences and Sustainability, while the Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security strengthens the CASA cluster in the field of cybersecurity. The Research Center One Health Ruhr won favor with its REASONS draft proposal on water ecology. Furthermore, a draft proposal from the field of particular physics is still in the contest. The aim of the UA Ruhr is to be “excellent together as an alliance”.

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Cluster of Excellence RESOLV

Most chemical reactions, important industrial processes and almost all biological processes take place in the liquid phase. The team of the Ruhr Explores Solvation (RESOLV) Cluster of Excellence strives to understand the role solvents play in controlling, mediating and regulating chemical reactions. More than 200 researchers from chemistry, physics and engineering collaborate to achieve this.

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Cluster of Excellence CASA

Nowadays, many cyberattacks on organizations or critical infrastructure are carried out by large-scale attackers and, in particular, by public or semi-public organizations. The focus of the Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries (CASA) Cluster of Excellence is on effective countermeasures. Its research is based on an interdisciplinary approach combining computer science, mathematics, engineering and psychology.


Together with the Stiftung Mercator, the UA Ruhr provides funding for joint research projects in the form of MERCUR grants. The Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) has been supporting our unique cooperation since 2010 and has already made €60 million available for collaborative research projects, which have formed the basis for our current cutting-edge research in the Research Alliance and the Clusters of Excellence.

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