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Ruhr Uni­ver­si­ties Launch Research Alliance

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The three presidents of the UA Ruhr universities sitting at a table, with Minister President Hendrik Wüst and Science Minister Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen standing behind them. © Land NRW ​/​ Ralph Sondermann
Signing of the agreement (from left): Manfred Bayer, President of TU Dortmund University, Martin Paul (Rector, RUB) and Ulrich Radtke (Rector, University of Duis­burg-Essen); behind them are Hendrik Wüst, Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia and Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister of Science and Culture.

Work can begin! The president of TU Dortmund University and the rectors of Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bo­chum (RUB) and the University of Duisburg-Essen convened in North Rhine-Westphalia’s State Chancellery on Thursday, 10 February, to sign their extended cooperation agreement on the establishment of the “Research Alliance Ruhr”. Hendrik Wüst, Minister-President, and Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister of Science and Culture, handed over the funding decision allocating €75 million for the development phase. The new Research Alliance was initiated in the framework of the Ruhr Conference of North Rhine-Westphalia’s state government.

Under the umbrella of the University Alliance Ruhr, the three universities are now setting up four research centers and a college. In the centers, the universities are bundling their research in fields such as health, sustainability, digitalization and energy. The college will invite visiting scholars from abroad to the Ruhr Metropolis. The plan is for the research centers and the college to be fully completed by 2025. The overall objective is to establish a top-class international research alliance.

“North Rhine-Westphalia is home to the densest higher education and research landscape in Europe, science here is excellent,” says Hendrik Wüst, Minister-President. “The innovations created here are the opportunities of tomorrow. With the Research Alliance Ruhr, we’re giving North Rhine-Westphalia, as a location for science and research, another powerful boost along the way to top-class international research. In so doing, we’re turbocharging the University Alliance Ruhr.” Wüst continues: “By funding the Research Alliance Ruhr, we’re further advancing the partnership between the Ruhr universities. We want even more brilliant minds from throughout the whole world to work here with us on the major questions of the future. The University of California shows how important cooperation between universities is. It’s been the global driver of digital innovations for 30 years.”

“Raising excellent research to a new level”

“With today’s signing of the cooperation agreement and the handing over of the decision allocating funds of €75 million, we’re grasping the opportunity to raise already excellent research at RUB, TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen to a new level,” says Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister of Science and Culture. “Together with the three universities, our objective is to create a highly innovative university alliance in the Ruhr area in the shape of the Research Alliance Ruhr that develops solutions for important questions facing our society and meets the highest criteria for scientific excellence in the process – especially in an international comparison. As the state government, we want to help ensure that the Research Alliance stimulates further promising research collaboration and contributes to North Rhine-Westphalia’s advancement with inspiring research and innovation opportunities.”

“With the Research Alliance, collaboration between the three universities is taking on a new quality. Together, we can now build on our strengths in a targeted manner,” emphasizes Professor Ulrich Radtke, Rector of the University of Duis­burg-Essen. “We’re creating an attractive research environment that enables us to draw more top people from international science and research to the Ruhr area,” adds his colleague Professor Martin Paul, RUB. Professor Manfred Bayer, President of TU Dortmund University, says: “The entire region will profit from the strengthening of NRW as a location for science and research, as our research deals with the most urgent questions facing us in the future.” All three welcome the state government’s support: “The funding allocated to us will secure the research alliance’s financing for the first three years, and together we can now get off to a flying start.”

50 new professorships

The Research Alliance Ruhr was initiated in the framework of the Ruhr Conference of North Rhine-Westphalia’s state government. The four research centers will focus on “One Health”, “Chemical Sciences and Sustainability”, “Trustworthy Data Science and Security” and “Future Energy Materials and Sys­tems”. There will also be a “College for Social Sciences and Humanities”. Overall, up to 50 new professorships will be created as well as numerous posts for mid-level faculty. Preparations for the first appointment procedures have already commenced.

As of 1 February, Jürgen Hein is Managing Director of the Coordination Office of the Research Alliance Ruhr.

Further information on the Research Alliance Ruhr

Contact for further information:
Jürgen Hein
Managing Director of the Research Alliance Ruhr
Phone: +49 234 3223387

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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