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Ina Brandes, Minister of Culture and Science of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, has secured the future of the joint top-level research of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), organized in the Research Alliance, with a commitment for further funding: During her visit on 12 December, she presented the University Management teams of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen with an allocation notice for 48 million euros for 2025.
On the TU Dortmund University campus, the Minister of Science met not only members of the Rectorate of the three UA Ruhr partner universities, but also five founding professors of the four Research Centers and the College for Social Sciences and Humanities, which are currently being established as part of the Research Alliance. Founded in 2021 at the initiative of the Ruhr Conference, up to 50 new professorships will be created here. After the initial appointments were successfully made this year, the full expansion is set to take place in the next two years. The Ministry of Culture and Science had already allocated 75 million euros to the UA Ruhr for the first three years of its development phase up to 2024.
Solutions for pressing future issues
Minister Ina Brandes said: “Excellent science requires excellent equipment and planning security. That’s why I’m delighted that we’re now making it possible for the Research Alliance Ruhr to expand this unique alliance of three universities in the Ruhr region with an additional 48 million euros. Within the network, the universities harness their potential even more effectively and make a valuable contribution to North Rhine-Westphalia as a scientific hub with international appeal. This is where solutions are developed for the pressing future issues facing people's everyday lives, such as energy supply, digitization and health care.”