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Networks and representations

The university is an active member of various international networks and is represented by offices abroad in two world regions as part of the University Alliance Ruhr.

Networks on university level

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum operates in global networks. Research, study and teaching, promotion of young researchers, transfer, social commitment and professional exchange do not stop at our national borders, but are oriented towards international best practice. Cooperation in alliances at university level serves the further internationalisation of all areas of the university in many ways.

UNIC

The most important new strategic networking activity is The European University of Post-Industrial Cities (UNIC), founded in 2020 with seven other European universities, through which they position themselves jointly in teaching and research for the management of structural and social change. In UNIC, the RUB is particularly responsible for the area of redesigning inter-university mobility.

Utrecht Network

For more than 30 years, the RUB has been a member of the Utrecht Network, in which 31 major European universities from 26 countries cooperate at central and decentralised level on issues of internationalisation. The main activities of the Utrecht Network are mobility programmes for different target groups, various internationalisation projects as well as exchange and networking activities.

The Utrecht Network cooperates - especially in the area of student mobility - with two non-European networks, Mid-America Universities International (MAUI) in the USA and the Australian-European Network (AEN). Every year, students at the Ruhr-Universität have the opportunity to apply for a tuition-free place at one of the participating MAUI or AEN partner universities in the USA or Australia. The International Office acts as the central coordinating office for the exchange with the AEN.

Scholars at Risk Network

As a member of the worldwide Scholars at Risk Network and as a founding member and (until 2018) member of the steering committee of the German section of the Scholars at Risk Network, RUB is committed to the implementation and promotion of fundamental conditions for free science, research and teaching as well as the support of endangered, displaced and refugee scientists worldwide within the framework of education and science diplomacy.

About the SAR Network

Campus in Campus Network

Ruhr-Universität Bochum has been a member of the international network Campus in Campus (CiC) since 2018. The network aims to promote cooperation in research, teaching and transfer between its members and is coordinated by the Japanese University of Tsukuba, a central partner of RUB. The Ruhr-Universität is primarily involved in the following activities:

  • "Course Jukebox" platform with detailed information on about 2,800 courses.
  • Development of joint study programmes
  • Networking in research to promote joint activities of scientists and scholars
  • Promotion of global start-up ecosystem networks through exchanges between the RUB's "WorldFactory" and, for example, the "Edge-Next" project at Tsukuba University.
  • Participation in the annual Tsukuba Global Science Week (TGSW)

„Course Jukebox“: Making student mobility easy

The "Course Jukebox" is a student mobility platform that provides detailed information on approx. 2,800 courses offered by CiC partner universities.

Students can search for courses that match their subject areas and interests and create a personalised course plan before going to one of the partner universities. Course Jukebox also includes courses that are offered entirely online and can be taken individually. This gives students who cannot be physically mobile the opportunity to experience a different culture and a new academic environment as well.

CiC partner universities

  • University of Tsukuba
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • University of California Irvine
  • Ohio State University
  • National Taiwan University
  • Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Utrecht University
  • Université Grenoble-Alpes
  • Université Bordeaux

UA Ruhr Liaison Offices

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum has been part of the University Alliance Ruhr since 2007. Under the motto "better together", it offers its researchers, together with the TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen, a wide range of opportunities for cooperation and networking, while students benefit from the large number of Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes with numerous specialisation options. The international cooperation of the UA Ruhr is promoted by the liaison offices in New York and Moscow, which are closely linked to the International Offices of the individual UA Ruhr universities.

German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH)

Ruhr-Universität Bochum is actively involved in four of the five German Houses of Science and Innovation (DWIH) worldwide - New York, Sao Paulo, Tokyo und Moscow. The DWIH serve as an information and communication platform for science and business from Germany and the respective host countries. They cooperate with a broad network of science organisations, universities, business development organisations, companies and start-ups.

Futher information

Through the DWIH network, Ruhr-Universität Bochum networks its scientists with colleagues and representatives of important institutions in business and society n the respective regions, partly within the framework of its membership in the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) and partly independently. This is done, among other things, through participation in local events, especially on the topics of innovation and cutting-edge research.

At the locations New York and Moscow, the UA Ruhr is simultaneously represented by its foreign offices, and in Sao Paolo it is involved from Germany as a supporter in the DWIH work. In Tokyo, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum is active as an associated supporter. In this way, the university systematically expands its knowledge networks with and in the partner regions and at the same time presents itself as an important player in the German research and innovation landscape.

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