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The Ruhr-Universität Bochum

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), founded in 1962, is located outside the city center in the south of Bochum. It is one of the ten largest universities in Germany and serves around 42.000 students. More than 7.000 foreign students and several partnerships with universities from countries all over the world ensure the university's cosmopolitan and international character. The Bochum university thus not only provides excellent conditions for interdisciplinary studies, but also on- and off-campus cultural and leisure-time facilities. More RUB by the numbers here.

In addition, the RUB offers a wide spectrum of disciplines and is a front runner in the Bologna process. Thus, it was among the first German universities which reviewed all of its programmes according to the international Bachelor and Master system. Different from other, more traditional universities like Muenster or Aachen, all RUB faculties are located on one campus, thus bringing about a major strategic advantage for the cooperation between the faculties: Only some hundred meters in a walking distance separate the chemists from the mechanical engineers, the psychologists from the biologists and the civil engineers from the physicians.

Since the Federal Government aims at establishing internationally recognized research institutions of higher education, it promotes research activities of top-class universities with its so-called Initiative for Excellence. In this context, the German Research Association (DFG) - supported by the Science Council - decides about which institutions shall be funded. In 2006, the Ruhr-University succeeded in winning the funding of the Initiative for Excellence of the Federal Government with its concept of a campus-wide, international graduate school - the RUB Research School. Since then, the RUB Research School has been providing structured doctoral programmes to highly-qualified doctoral candidates. Besides, it offers highly-qualified junior professors a platform to do research in collaboration with experienced researchers.

For more general information about the RUB, please visit the RUB homepage.


There are several regional and local science consortiums. RUB is home to two national Clusters of Excellence. International students rank RUB highly in a 2019 global satisfaction survey.