Local Partners

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

With over 40,000 students and more than 5,000 employees, the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) is one of the largest universities in the Ruhr-Area of Germany. It hosts over 3,000 international students and more than 800 foreign doctoral and international guest researchers and it’s thereby present world-wide. RUB, the Technical University of Dortmund and the University of Duisburg-Essen have since 2007 joined forces in the UA Ruhr, the University Alliance of the Ruhr area.

Technische Universität Dortmund

With 16 faculties ranging from science and engineering to social sciences and cultural studies, the TU Dortmund University currently has near to 34,600 students and 6,200 members of staff, including 300 professors. The university also enrolls about 3,000 international students.

Universität Duisburg-Essen

The University Duisburg-Essen enrolls close to 42,000 students from more than 130 countries in a total of over 230 courses of study.

Fraunhofer UMSICHT

The Fraunhofer-Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT employs nearly 500 members in total, most of them with a degree in natural science or engineering. Fraunhofer UMSICHT scientists study and realize technical innovations in the fields of environmental, material, process and energy technology.


At the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim a. d. Ruhr work about 300 employees. Scientists explore the catalytic transformation of compounds and materials with the highest degree of chemo-, regio- and stereoselectivity under conditions which maximize efficient use of natural resources.

Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung

At the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf about 300 researchers investigate e.g. ways of preventing corrosion that makes many metallic tools unusable with time.