The UA Ruhr is an alliance between Ruhr University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen, the three largest universities in Germany’s thriving Ruhr Area. Each of our institutions has a strong tradition of breaking down walls between disciplines. We believe in the benefits of collaboration on all levels of scholarship and research, which is one of the reasons we came together in this unique university alliance.

Welcome to the Ruhr!

The Ruhr Area is not only Germany’s largest academic hub, but also an epicenter of innovation that fosters close interaction between academia and the private sector – and our alliance provides students and researchers from around the world with an open gateway to our region.

More than 120,000 students, of which 19,000 are international, as well as over 9,000 researchers study and work within the UA Ruhr universities (Ruhr University Bochum, TU Dortmund and University of Duisburg-Essen). Together, the three universities have 800 partnerships with universities in over 130 countries and a combined annual budget of close to 1.4 billion euros – which provides our students and researchers with virtually unlimited possibilities for exchange and resources for development. To support our already strong global network of international exchange and collaboration, the UA Ruhr has also created academic liaison offices for North America and Russia. We invite you to learn more about the UA Ruhr alliance and our universities, and we look forward to welcoming you in the Ruhr Area soon!

UA Ruhr Research Focus

In the UA Ruhr, Flagship Programs and Competence Fields form the basis for cross-university, bundled cooperation. The UA Ruhr's Flagship Programs stand for top international research, for example in the areas of the use of water as a solvent for chemical processes (see RESOLV) or in the design of innovative materials for new energies or mobility technologies (see Materials Chain). Competence Fields are innovative and promising research areas that can achieve international prominence in the medium term. The research areas range from metropolitan research to energy research and empirical economic research.

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Flagship Program Materials Chain

Materials Chain bundles and strengthens the research activities in the field of materials science at our three universities. The goal of the collaboration is to reach a complete and concise description of the whole materials chain. Further information about Materials Chain can be found here.

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Flagship Program RESOLV

The mission of the Flagship Program and Cluster of Excellence RESOLV is to develop Solvation Science as a new interdisciplinary field to understand the influence of solvation on reactions, on the function of biomolecules, and on processes at liquid/solid interfaces. Further information about RESOLV can be found here.

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Competence Field "Metropolitan Research"

The aim of the Competence Field “Metropolitan Research” is to establish an internationally visible center for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary metropolitan research in the middle of the "Reallabor Ruhrgebiet". Further information about "Metropolitan Research" can be found here.

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Competence Field "Energy - System - Transformation"

In the Competence Field "Energy-System-Transformation", interdisciplinary research is carried out across universities in order to advance the overall energy system transformation through selected technologies of energy conversion, transmission and efficient energy application as well as their economic and social consideration. Further information about "Energy-System-Transformation " can be found here.

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Competence Field “Empirical Economic Research”

In the Competence Field of Empirical Economic Research, the UA Ruhr universities work in close cooperation with the RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research. They aim to identify and predict economic and social developments and their consequences at an early stage, and to evaluate the effects of economic policy measures on the basis of hard data, thus contributing to evidence-based policies.

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