UA 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.

Metropolis Ruhr

Over the past decades, the Ruhr Area has become one of the most important centers of education and science. Five universities, 18 colleges and many other non-university research institutions have contributed to the transformation of the former mining and industrial agglomeration into the fascinating and innovative science region Ruhr. The modern Ruhr Area with its more than five million people is green, cosmopolitan and enthusiastic about culture: old industrial sites have been turned into monuments and serve as venues for various, even international, cultural and musical events. Approximately 200 museums, 120 theaters, 100 cultural centers and 250 festivals per year make the Ruhr Area a vibrant metropolis that attracts many international visitors.

Many of the largest companies in Germany are based in the Ruhr Area. Increasingly, they are seeking contact with the numerous local universities and colleges in order to make even greater use of their potential for developing future-oriented products and applications. In addition, more and more innovative companies are emerging in the vicinity of the universities, which has led to the development of a lively and creative start-up ecosystem. Where coal was once mined, knowledge is now being promoted: The Ruhr Area combines business and science, nature and culture - it's worth studying, working and living here!

Favorite places of our scientists

Rosarium in the Westfalenpark

"My favorite place is the Westfalenpark. What many people do not know is that this park is home to the second largest Rosarium in the world that is open to the public. The park is worth a visit all year round, but in  May and June this place is simply gorgeous and just right to relax."

Gabrielle Sadowski
Gabrielle Sadowski, TU Dortmund University

Bicycle path along the Ruhr

"My favorite places are the bike paths along the Ruhr River and the Springorum bike path, where you're in the middle of nature and
also part of a city region."

Martina Havenith-Newen
Martina Havenith-Newen, RUB

Blick in die Altstadt von Hattingen
View into the old town of Hattingen

"My favorite places are in Hattingen: the landscape around the castles Blankenstein and Isenberg and the old town with the beautiful half-timbered houses."

Alfred Ludwig
Alfred Ludwig, RUB

Elfringhauser Schweiz
Elfringhauser Schweiz

"My absolute favorite area is Elfringhauser Schweiz, which is located between Velbert, Hattingen and Wuppertal. In this beautiful rural region, you can make perfect challenging MTB and road bike tours with enough altitude meters on the foothills
of the Bergisch-Märkische hilly landscape."

Joachim Dissemond, UDE
Joachim Dissemond, UDE

Phoenix See
Lake Phönix

"Hike from TU Dortmund University via Signal-Iduna-Park and Rombergpark to Phönix-West and Lake Phönix - in the
middle of a big city, yet so green, quiet and relaxing with numerous opportunities for stops in between."

Manfred Bayer
Manfred Bayer, TU Dortmund University

Heidelandschaft im Norden des Ruhrgebiets
Heathland in the north of the Ruhr area

"At the northern edge of the Ruhr area in
the transition to the Münsterland, there are unique natural areas ranging from heaths to lakes and bogs. For nature lovers a paradise with its unique flora and fauna and with distinctive light moods. Inspiration and recreation at the same time."

Bernd Sures, UDE
Bernd Sures, UDE

Blick aus Güntürküns Büro
View on the campus of Ruhr-University Bochum

"One of my favorite places is definitely my amazing office in building IB of the RUB. It has the most beautiful view ever. Practically down to the Ruhr, along with the Kemnader Lake a very attractive destination."

Onur Güntürkün
Onur Güntürkün, RUB

Tiger and Turtle
Tiger and Turtle

"I particularly love the industrial culture in the Ruhr region. Many old industrial
buildings and spoil heaps have been converted into art and cultural sites. One of my highlights is Tiger & Turtle. The structure is modeled on a roller coaster that you can walk on and enjoy the view. We have had many adventures here with international cooperation partners and their families."

Nicole Krämer
Nicole Krämer, UDE

Vielfalt erleben
Ship lift in Waltrop

"I love the diversity of the Ruhr Area with its numerous cultural offers and local recreat-
ion areas. In addition, I appreciate the nature just in front of the door and especially the friendly and open-minded people, through which my family and I had a great start in Dortmund."

Markus Pauly
Markus Pauly, TU Dortmund University

Burg Blankenstein
Blankenstein Castle

"My favorite place is Blankenstein Castle in Hattingen. Here I could already surprise
many guests and friends, how green the
Ruhr Area is and how much more it has to offer, than its image sometimes lets believe."

Nils Albartus
Nils Albartus, RUB

Duisburger Stadtwald
Duisburg city forest

"Not even a five-minute walk from the Duisburg campus: a magnificent expansive beech forest. And thus a wonderful place to change perspective during a short walk and to come up with new ideas alone or with others."

Christof Schulz
Christof Schulz, UDE

Blick auf Signal Iduna Park
Signal Iduna Park

"Probably nowhere in Germany does football play such a big role as in the Ruhr Area and the fan culture is unique. Dortmund does
not only have the largest dedicated football stadium in Europe, but also the German Football Museum."

Maximiliane Wilkesmann
Maximiliane Wilkesmann, TU Dortmund University