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.


We warmly welcome the new "Research Explorer Ruhr" to discover the UA Ruhr

Over the next two weeks, international postdocs will network as part of the "Research Explorer Ruhr" and jointly develop strategies for pursuing their research careers in the UA Ruhr. The program is offered by the Research Academy Ruhr.


Parliamentary State Secretary Josef Hovenjürgen visits the Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security

Josef Hovenjürgen, Parliamentary State Secretary for the Ruhr Region and the Ruhr Conference, visited the Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) in Dortmund.


Dana Branzei selected for Humboldt Professorship 2025 at the UDE

Top researcher Dana Branzei has been selected by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the Humboldt Professorship 2025. She is to be appointed to the Research Center One Health Ruhr of the UA Ruhr at the University of Duisburg-Essen.


"Causality" professorship at the Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security appointed

On June 1, Alexander Marx took over the new professorship "Causality", which is located at the Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) and the Faculty of Statistics at TU Dortmund University. The newly appointed professor will focus on pattern recognition in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning models.


UA Ruhr welcomes US students to the Ruhr region

Eleven students from the USA are exploring the Ruhr metropolis of knowledge: as part of the Ruhr Fellowships, they are taking part in a two-week summer school and then completing internships with major employers in the region. The students, some of whom come from Ivy League schools in the USA, were warmly welcomed by Petra Günther, Head of the International Office at the University of Duisburg-Essen, on behalf of the UA Ruhr.

Shaping the future together

The rectors govern the strategic direction and further development of the UA Ruhr. Prof. Dr. Martin Paul (Rector of Ruhr University Bochum), Prof. Dr. Barbara Albert (Rector of the University of Duisburg-Essen) and Prof. Dr. Manfred Bayer (Rector of TU Dortmund University) attach great importance to intensive personal exchange as part of their collaboration, such as during a visit to the North America Liaison Office in New York. The three agree: "We are delighted that the University Alliance Ruhr is always acting as a unit in new areas, launching initiatives and sharing common values and views. Together we are shaping the future."

UA Ruhr: Three universities, one community, endless opportunities

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 - according to the motto "Three universities, one community, endless opportunities"!

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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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