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Cooperation Agreement Signed

UA Ruhr Seals the Deal on Collaboration for Cutting-Edge International Research

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A woman and three men are standing in a hall. © Michael Schwettmann
State Minister of Culture and Science Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen with the presidents/rectors Prof. Ulrich Radtke (UDE), Prof. Manfred Bayer (TU Dort­mund) and Prof. Axel Schölmerich (RUB).

The expansion of the cutting-edge, in­ter­na­tio­nal re­search endeavors of the Uni­ver­sity Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) can now get underway: Yesterday, the three presidents/rectors of Ruhr Uni­ver­si­tät Bochum, TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of Duis­burg-Essen signed a cooperation agreement for the establishment of the Research Alliance Ruhr in the presence of the State Minister of Culture and Science, Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen. This means the four re­search centers and the college can now begin recruiting top in­ter­na­tio­nal sci­en­tists for their fu­ture-oriented re­search projects. The Alliance already has 75 million euros of funding from the Ruhr Conference at its disposal for the four-year development phase.

“With the establishment of the Research Alliance Ruhr, we are pooling the top uni­ver­si­ty re­search of the universities of Bochum, Dort­mund and Duis­burg-Essen in fu­ture-oriented re­search fields. In the 1960s, the founding of the Ruhr universities was a major driving force behind the structural transformation of the Ruhr Area. The cooperation that has now been concluded will create a new, highly in­no­va­ti­ve uni­ver­si­ty association that meets the highest scientific excellence criteria. In this way, we as the state govern­ment, together with the universities, want to raise the in­ter­na­tio­nal appeal of the Ruhr Area as an excellent science region to a new level,” says Science Minister Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen.

Ruhr as a globally networked innovation region

North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister for Europe, Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, who is in charge of the Ruhr Conference, and State Secretary Dr. Mark Speich, who as State Secretary is leading the forum “Ruhr as a globally networked innovation region,” said in a joint reaction: “With the agreement concluded today, the participating universities are living the spirit of the Ruhr Conference: Collaboration across municipal and institutional boundaries to make world-class re­search possible. This spirit of cooperation and excellence should also be a model for us in other fields of action. The fu­ture is not created in silos.”

“With the Research Alliance Ruhr, we are creating a new joint re­search institute to strategically bundle the strengths of the three universities and further expand them,” says Prof. Ulrich Radtke, Rector of the Uni­ver­sity of Duis­burg-Essen. His colleague from Bochum, Prof. Axel Schölmerich, adds: “With the new structure, we will be in an even better position to attract exceptional talent from all over the world to the Ruhr Area and increase its in­ter­na­tio­nal appeal.” The President of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity, Prof. Manfred Bayer, goes on to say: “The region will ben­efit from the in­no­va­ti­ve ideas that emerge from re­search projects. The notion of change through science has a long-standing tradition here and will continue to drive the metropolitan area forward in the fu­ture.”

Three men in suits sign documents. © Michael Schwettmann
The three presidents/rectors signed a cooperation agreement for the establishment of the Research Alliance Ruhr.

Pressing issues facing the fu­ture

The re­search focuses on pressing issues facing the fu­ture such as the holistic health of people and the environment, sustainability and renewable energy, and trust in di­gi­tal systems. The four re­search centers – “One Health – from Molecules to Systems”, “Chemical Sciences and Sustainability”, “Future Energy Materials and Systems” and “Trustworthy Data Science and Security” – are dedicated to re­search in these areas. The College for Social Sciences and Humanities, on the other hand, offers an open platform for in­ter­na­tio­nal exchange in any and all fields of the humanities and social sciences.

The 17 founding directors are tasked with building up the five units over the next four years in coordination with the rectorates of the three universities. They will determine the focus of new re­search areas to be filled, which will be linked to the universities through joint appointments in consultation with the re­le­vant departments. The positions will be financed by the additional state funding. This approach will enable the Research Alliance Ruhr to develop flexibly, to grow as required and to fully harness the potential of the shared re­search area. The institution is set to be fully operational by 2025 following a gradual development stage, for which the state has earmarked an annual budget of around 48 million euros.

The idea of establishing cross-location re­search centers with in­ter­na­tio­nal appeal in the Ruhr Area came out on top in an open ideas competition as part of the Ruhr Conference in 2019. In November of last year, the state govern­ment allocated an annually growing budget for 2021 to 2024 totaling 75 million euros. In March 2021, a committee of experts put together by the Council of Science and Humanities gave the UA Ruhr concept the go-ahead. With the cooperation agreement now signed, the next step is to formulate the legal structure of the Research Alliance Ruhr in ac­cor­dance with the provisions of the North Rhine-Westphalia Higher Education Act.

The Uni­ver­sity Alliance Ruhr
Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bochum, TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of Duis­burg-Essen have been closely collaborating as strategic partners under the UA Ruhr umbrella since 2007. By joining forces, these partner universities are able to systematically enhance their performance. Under the motto “Better Together”, there are now over 100 collaborations being conducted in re­search, teaching and administration. With more than 120,000 students and almost 1,300 professors, the UA Ruhr is one of the largest and most productive scientific locations in Germany.


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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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