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RUB Alumni Newsletter | January 2018

Dear Alumni,
we would like to wish you a good and successful 2018!

Once again we have a lot of information and RUB-related links for you in this Alumni Newsletter:

1) The new Alumni Directory is online
2) RUB Souvenirs: Now available from the online shop
3) Campus development: thermal power station and new tram stop
4) Campus architecture – the myth of the “Harbour of Knowledge”
5) Student cooking in Europe
6) Series of events at the Blue Square: Ruhr Stories
7) Sponsoring programmes for start-up ideas
8) Further training for teachers: RUB Teachers’ Day on 24 February
9) Further education at the RUB – “Management Update: Digital Transformation”
10) Gender competence in practice – looking for Alumni to give talks!
11) Day of events for ETIT Faculty Alumni on 26 January
12) Dates, parties, events


1) The new Alumni Directory is online

In November, the Alumni Service went online with the new Alumni Directory. That means we have modernised our software and migrated the data from the old software to the new. So that you can use the new Alumni Directory you must activate your account. You can then log in and

  • update your details and make them visible for other Alumni
  • join Faculty Alumni groups and other RUB facilities
  • look for other Alumni and contact them if you wish

… and much more.

In case you haven't activated your account yet, please proceed as follows:
Go to this website.
Click on the link “Activate your Alumni profile” there and follow the instructions.
We have already sent you the activation code by email. If you can no longer find this email or have any other questions, please contact us!


2) RUB Souvenirs: Now available from the online shop

Anyone who was unable to obtain RUB memorabilia during their time as a student at the RUB can now catch up online: show everyone “what stable you are from” with the RUB T-shirt and the slick RUB ball-point pen will add a touch of elegance to your office.
The RUB Unishop has a range of RUB products available online – as diverse as campus life itself.
For the online Unishop


3) Campus development: thermal power station and new tram stop

There is a lot of building, hammering, restoring and new construction going on on the RUB campus. One major milestone in recent weeks has been the delivery of two thermal power stations with which the RUB will become an efficient and environmentally friendly energy producer from the summer of 2018.
For more information

Another milestone, literally, is the new tram stop, “Gesundheitscampus”, on the U35 line, which now covers the area between the Markstraße and Ruhr-Universität stops.
For more information


4) Campus architecture – the myth of the “Harbour of Knowledge”

Is the RUB campus really a harbour with ocean steamers and a gigantic (Audimax) mussel? This is certainly constantly being circulated in architectural descriptions of the RUB area. Although the ship motif does present itself, it is “not, however, anchored in the basic idea but interpreted in this way afterwards”, says architecture historian and RUB Alumna Alexandra Apfelbaum by way of explanation.
For more information


5) Student cooking in Europe

Last year, the European Union celebrated 30 years of educational exchange with ERASMUS. For this reason we have asked ERASMUS alumni what cooking recipes they came to know and love during their exchange time.
Discover our collection of ERASMUS student recipes here and get a taste of Europe!


6) Series of events at the Blue Square: Ruhr Stories

The RUB University Communications Department and the town of Hattingen present stories from the Ruhr: the first of a total of four central themes is the language in and around the river, Ruhr German. Names are researched, music presented and even Asterix is read – in Ruhr German, of course.
The series of events will start at the Blue Square in Bochum City Centre on 26 January.
For more information


7) Sponsoring programmes for start-up ideas

The RUB start-up service provides information about possible sponsorships for knowledge-based, innovative start-ups from the university:

EXIST Start-up grant: a grant lasting 12 months for a maximum of 3 persons and expenditure for materials (up to 30,000 Euros) und coaching (5,000 Euros) – also for RUB Alumni who left the university five years ago or less. Applications can be made at any time.
For further information

EXIST Research transfer: 18 months of personnel costs for a team of four and expenditure for materials and coaching (up to 250,000 Euros) – for business ideas with a high degree of innovation and development requirements. The next deadline for applications ends on 31 January 2018.
For further information

START-UP University spinoffs: 240,000 Euros in sponsorship for personnel and materials for 12-18 months. 90% sponsorship and 10% self-contribution – also for RUB Alumni who left the university three years ago or less. The next deadline for applications ends on 29 March 2018.
For further information

All applications must be submitted by the RUB and require a professor as a project manager or mentor. Your contact for submission of applications is Frau Jonietz (RUB, Department 1, Section 4), Tel: 0234-32-29538, E-Mail christiane.jonietz@uv.rub.de.


8) Further training for teachers: RUB Teachers’ Day on 24 February

For the first time, the RUB Professional School of Education (PSE) invites you to an attractive further education day for teachers on 24 February 2018. The “RUB Teachers’ Day” is a mutual training offer from the RUB faculties for any interested teachers and provides numerous academic and subject-orientated individual events. The day will also provide an opportunity for exchange and network care between school and university.
Please let us know you are coming by 26 January.
For more information
If you would like to order advertising material for the event, please send an email to: teachersday@rub.de.


9) Further education at the RUB – “Management Update: Digital Transformation”

A new further education module is starting up at the Institute of Industrial Science in April 2018. The theme is: How can the digital transformation work? In a close transfer of science and practice, the participants will discuss specific design and management approaches in terms of the challenges of their respective operations. Anyone interested in in-depth information about the dynamics and opportunities of the digital transformation will be given important methods and tools in this module. The offer is aimed in particular at executives and has a high degree of practical orientation.
The module will start on 13 April 2018 as a block event. You can sign up as of now. For detailed information
If you are interested, please send an email to Dr Süße: thomas.suesse@rub.de, Tel.: 0234-32-27902.


10) Gender competence in practice – looking for Alumni to give talks!

On 16 February the "GenderWissen in der Praxis-Tag" ["Gender Knowledge in Practice Day"] will take place once again. The Gender Studies department is looking for alumni from different subject areas who use gender knowledge in their everyday working lives and would like to tell students about their professional experience.
For more information
If you are interested, please send an email to Frau Brand, genderstudies@rub.de.


11) Day of events for ETIT Faculty Alumni on 26 January

The Faculty of Electronic Engineering and Information Technology invites its Alumni once again to its day of events on 26 January (Friday): it all starts with an over-65s brunch at 1 pm in ID 04/653. The Faculty’s academic party will take place in the RUB Audimax at 4 pm. Visit the Alumni Lounge there and watch the Alumni party video, which provides great insight into life at the ETIT Faculty (the video can also be watched online here).
Alumni who want to take part in the ETIT Faculty day of events can sign up by sending an email to dekanat@ei.rub.de.


12) Dates, parties, events

13 and 14 January (Saturday and Sunday): New Year’s concerts in the RUB Audimax
The RUB Symphonic Brass Orchestra invites you to its New Year’s concerts , “Exotisch sinfonisch” [“Exotic Symphonic”] conducted by Uwe Kaysler.
The concert on Saturday, 13 January begins at 7 pm; the concert on Sunday, 14 January two hours earlier at 5 pm.
For more information

16 January (Tuesday): Film - “40 years of Opel”
The RUB University Communications Department and the City of Bochum invite you to a film presentation on carmakers Opel in Bochum: How did Bochum become a car city? A camera team follow developments from 1960 to 1991; the film ends with the market launch of the Opel Astra in 1991.
The event will take place on 16 January (Tuesday) at the Blue Square in Bochum city centre on 16 January (Tuesday) from 6 pm.
For more information

From 20 January (Saturdays): Saturday Morning Physics – Experiments and ideas
The Faculty of Physics and Astronomy invites you once again to its series of events “Saturday Morning Physics”. From the idea and the experiment through to application in everyday life, Faculty researchers present selected achievements in the world of physics in the last century in a comprehensible way.
The lectures will take place on the third Saturday in January, February and March in Physics Auditorium HNB at 11 am.
For more information

24 January (Wednesday): Think tank - “Digital transformation in medium-sized companies”
The inSTUDIESplus project “in die Praxis” and Initiativkreis Ruhr are aiming to increase the science/practice transfer and with this in mind invite you to the think tank, “Digitaler Wandel im Mittelstand” [“Digital transformation in medium-sized companies”]. The event is aimed at professional representatives and scientists who are interested in an exchange on the topic of digital transformation.
The forum will take place in the RUB UFO on 24 January (Wednesday), starting at 5.15 pm.
For more information
Please sign up by 12 January by sending an email to Herr Schnabel: norbert.schnabel@uv.rub.de.

24 January (Wednesday): Lecture - “Öffentliche Kirche in den Herausforderungen der Zeit” [“Challenges for the public churches in today’s times”] by Prof. Bedford-Strohm
Prof. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, chairman of the Council of the German Protestant Church [Evangelische Kirche Deutschlands, EKD] and regional bishop, is a guest at the RUB Protestant Theology Faculty and talks about the challenges that a public church must face in modern times.
The public lecture will take place at the RUB Event Centre (below the Mensa), Room 2A on 24 January (Wednesday) starting at 6.15 pm.
For more information
Please sign up by sending an email to the Institute of Religion and Society: PrakTheol-Karle@rub.de.

31 January (Wednesday): Semester concert and University prize awards
Nikolaus Müller will conduct a varied programme of performances with alternating formations, ranging from the brass players’ ensemble “Unibrass” and a purely string orchestra to the grand symphonic orchestra. The concert is the framework for the awarding of the University prizes to outstanding RUB graduates.
The semester concert will take place in the RUB Audimax on 31 January (Wednesday), starting at 8 pm. Admission is free.
For more information

Until 2 February: Exhibition “Art in Process” in the University Library
The exhibition “Art in Process – Künstler des 21. Jahrhunderts aus sieben europäischen Ländern” [“21st-century artists from seven European countries”] is taking place in memory of the artist Heinz Kasper, who died in 2017. Together with the artists’ group MEM, Kasper founded a network with numerous Eastern and Western European artists. Sixteen of these are displaying about 70 of their works on the central staircase of the University Library (UB).
The vernissage will take place in Room 9 on the first floor of the UB on 8 January (Monday) at 5 pm. You are warmly invited to attend!
For more information

9 February (Friday): Graduates’ Party of the Applied Computer Science Department
The Applied Computer Science Department cordially invites you to its Graduates’ party with a sparkling wine reception to follow. The party will take place at the RUB Event Centre (below the Mensa) on 9 February, starting at 4 pm.
Please sign up by 14 January if you wish to attend by sending an email to: dekanat-ai@rub.de.

19 February (Monday): Lecture on Mahatma Gandhi
Prof. Pradeep Chakkarath of the RUB Faculty of Social Sciences will be talking on Mahatma Gandhi and his difficult legacy: the leader of the Indian independence movement’s strategies have had a lasting effect on the modern understanding of pacifist thinking and living and political activism based on this. Today, in one of the most violent eras of the modern age, Gandhi appears to many as a shining light. In India, however, there was also criticism of his religiously based convictions at an early stage.
The lecture, with picture and film material, will take place at the Blue Square in Bochum City Centre on 19 February (Monday) at 6 pm.
For more information

Until 25 February: Exhibition of Boscol collections in the Malakow Tower
13 scientific collections from the RUB, the German Mining Museum and the Geschichte des Ruhrgebiets Foundation have come together to create the network “Bochum Scientific Collections”, or “Boscol” for short. Many exciting, rare, beautiful and in part very old items from all fields of science and art have been combined in the Boscol collections: for example, there are historical mining objects, objects from Japan’s past, geological hand specimens and minerals, stuffed animals, exotic plants, coins and ancient art objects.
Selected exhibits from the collections will be on display in the Malakow Tower in Markstraße 258a in Bochum until 25 February. The exhibition is open on Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 pm and on Sundays from 2-4 pm.
For more information

2 March (Friday): Reading - “Strong dialogues from strong women”
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Claudia Kociucki and Martina Bialas invite you to a dramatic reading of literary findings by famous women and also characters and current themes they have developed themselves.
The reading will take place at the Blue Square in Bochum City Centre on 2 March at 6 pm.
For more information

4 March (Sunday): Public guided tour, “Die Polyphemgruppe aus Sperlonga” [“The Polyphemus Group of Sperlonga”]
The Museum of Antiques at the RUB Art Collections contains casts of two monumental groups of statues: one shows the blinding of Polyphemus by Odysseus and his companions; the other shows the death of the Trojan priest Laocoön and his sons. In a public guided tour, the relationship to the Homeric epics, the circumstances of their finding and other connections between the two impressive large-scale sculptures are explained.
The guided tour will take place at the RUB Art Collections, opposite the Audimax, on 4 March (Sunday) at 2.30 pm. Admission to and participation in the guided tour are free.
For more information


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