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75 Million Euros to the Uni­ver­sity Alliance Ruhr for New Research Centers

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The Uni­ver­sity Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) is set to significantly expand its cutting-edge in­ter­na­tio­nal re­search efforts. On Wednesday, 17 March, the state govern­ment announced its plans to support the alliance in establishing four re­search centers and a college as part of the Ruhr Conference. This will involve Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bochum, TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of Duis­burg-Essen consolidating their long-standing cooperation under one new roof – the Research Alliance Ruhr.

The state govern­ment announced last November that it wanted to set up new, in­no­va­ti­ve re­search centers at the UA Ruhr and finance them over the long term in order to promote structural change. The three universities then presented the overall concept of the proj­ect in December to a team of experts put together by the German Council of Science and Humanities. The team voted overwhelmingly in favor of the joint proj­ect, confirming not only its outstanding scientific quality but also the enormous added value it could bring to the scientific hub of the Ruhr region and beyond. A sum of up to 75 million euros is now being invested in the construction over the next four years, with the buildings set to be fully operational by 2025.

With these new re­search centers, the three universities are pooling their ex­per­tise in areas in which they are already conducting internationally re­nowned, cutting-edge re­search. The four re­search centers will deal with fu­ture-oriented issues in engineering and the life and natural sciences. The Chemical Sciences and Sustainability center will focus on sustainable solutions based on chem­is­try, while the center for Trustworthy Data Science and Security will deal with data security. The center for Future Energy Materials and Systems will be dedicated to questions of energy technology, and the One Health center will comprise a holistic approach to re­search into human health. A college will in turn be established for the humanities and social sciences, which will promote in­ter­na­tio­nal exchange through re­search stays.

“With these new structures, the Ruhr region is becoming more appealing for sci­en­tists from all over the world who want to address the pressing questions of the fu­ture,” said Prof. Axel Schölmerich, Rector of Ruhr-Uni­ver­si­tät Bochum. His colleague in Dort­mund Prof. Manfred Bayer added: “The entire region will ben­efit because re­search generates in­no­va­ti­ve ideas for practical applications – for large companies as well as for startups.” “The fact that the Ruhr Conference is now sponsoring the UA Ruhr confirms one of our guiding principles – collaboration pays off,” said Prof. Ulrich Radtke. The Rector of the Uni­ver­sity of Duis­burg-Essen is one of the founding fathers of the UA Ruhr, which began in March 2007 with the signing of a cooperation agreement between the three partner universities.

“A new coalition of innovation”

Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet called the proj­ect “a new coalition of innovation”. Minister of Culture and Science Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen said that the state govern­ment wants to “take the Ruhr Area’s in­ter­na­tio­nal reputation as an excellent scientific region to a whole new level” with this decision. Dr. Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner, Minister for Federal, European and International Affairs and leader of the Ruhr Conference, emphasized that the Ruhr Conference was established to harness the potential of the metropolitan region on a broad front: “The new re­search centers show we are making good progress.”

Before the actual implementation can begin, the recommendations of the expert team appointed by the Council of Science and Humanities must first be evaluated in detail.

The Ruhr Area – a region of the fu­ture 

The Ruhr Conference is an initiative launched by the state govern­ment to shape the Ruhr metropolitan area into a prosperous and desirable region of the fu­ture for all people. In 2019, over 50 events were held to gather ideas, with the state govern­ment offering advice with regard to funding. Of all the suggestions, the proposal to establish re­search centers with a strong in­ter­na­tio­nal standing across various locations at the UA Ruhr came out ahead. Other projects are already being funded at the UA Ruhr as part of the Ruhr Conference initiative under the mission statement “Ruhr Region of Opportunity”, such as talent scouting or the InnaMoRuhr re­search proj­ect that aims to improve sustainable mobility across the four uni­ver­si­ty locations.

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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