Why Choose RWTH?Peter Winandy
RWTH Aachen University is a place where the future of our industrialized world is thought out. The University is proving to be a hotspot with increasing international recognition where innovative answers to global challenges are developed. Its success in Germany's Excellence Initiative reflects its outstanding reputation for research and education in the science, technology, and engineering fields.
RWTH Aachen - Thinking the Future
With 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe's premier educational and research institutions. Today, around 33,000 young people from all over the world are enrolled in the University's 118 degree programs.
Linking fundamental research with real-world applications, RWTH Aachen University has a reputation for providing an outstanding education for its students.
National and international rankings show that RWTH graduates have a high aptitude for managing complex tasks, constructive problem solving in teams, and taking on leadership responsibilities. It should come as no surprise, then, that one out of every five board members at German corporations is an alumnus of RWTH Aachen.
In Aachen, which is home to about 250,000 people from 156 nations, one in six people is a student - the city is characterised by its student population and its institutions of higher education.
Key Figures and Rankings
In 2011, RWTH spent more than 300 million euros in external funding. That means the volume of external funding, which is primarily used for commissioned research projects, has almost doubled in the last five years.
The ranking lists of the “Wirtschaftswoche” magazine and others have put RWTH Aachen University once again in first place.
Between 2009 and 2015, the University is investing more than 300 million Euros in new university buildings and the renovation of old ones, without counting the investments in the RWTH Aachen Campus research park.
The average age of people living in Germany's westernmost city is 39.4 years. Aachen has all the charm of a city steeped in history, and is uniquely located at the border region between Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. The city boasts a rich cultural life, with a large range of museums, theatres, cinemas, and live music venues.
Interdisciplinarity and Close Ties with Industry
Teaching and Research at RWTH are characterised by an interdisciplinary approach and have relevance to real-world problems. In 2011, collaboration with industry and the acquisition of research funding, e.g. from public bodies such as the EU, resulted in an external funding budget of about €300 million.
The aim of JARA, a joint venture by RWTH Aachen and Forschungszentrum Jülich, is to promote scientific cooperation and exchange by bringing together university researchers with experts from a high-profile non-university research institution. The Alliance collaborates in fieldssuch as translational brain research and sustainable energy research. JARA provides a scientific environment that is in the top international league and attracts the best researchers worldwide.
Striving for Excellence – RWTH is among Germany's Top Universities
RWTH Aachen University's success in Germany's Excellence Initiative reflects its outstanding reputation for research and education in the science, technology, and engineering fields.
The University receives funding for the implementation of its institutional strategy, RWTH 2020: Meeting Global Challenges, which was endorsed by the German Research Association (DFG) and the German Council of Science and Humanities. Funding was also approved for the University's three clusters of excellence and the AICES Graduate School.
With its outstanding performance in the first round of the Excellence Initiative, RWTH Aachen University has confirmed its place among Germany's top institutions of higher education.
Support and Services for Reseachers
Encouraging and demanding top-level performance at all levels - this is one of the University's standards as formulated in its "RWTH 2020" future strategy.
Thus RWTH supports researchers in conducting their research projects and provides them with multiple services - it assists them with the acquisition of research funds, bringing innovation to market, generating ideas, and executive development. For a full overview of our support services, please visit the Services and Support for Researchers section.
A Hub of Research: RWTH Aachen Campus
By establishing its new, extensive science park, RWTH Aachen University aims to become one of the leading technical universities worldwide. Over the next several years, the 800,000 m² extension site will see the development of up to 19 research clusters, complete with science facilities, office buildings, and integrated support spaces.
This major expansion of the university is not only expected to create about 10,000 jobs in the process, but also to bring collaboration with industry onto a new level.
Apart from hosting thematic research networks, RWTH Aachen Campus provides up to 250 national and international high-tech companies with the opportunity to establish R&D subsidiaries on campus and participate in the university's research and educational activities on a long term basis. In this way, the scope of collaboration between business, industry and academia can be significantly enhanced.
Equal Opportunities and Family-Friendliness
RWTH Aachen is the largest employer in the region. Striving to be a family-friendly university, RWTH has introduced initiatives and policies to make working for employees with or starting a family as easy as possible. The University's Family Services Center, for example, organises holiday daycamps for the children of students and staff and offers assistance with finding daycare opportunities in municipal childcare facilities.
Division 4.3 - Career Development offers Dual Career services providing job placement assistance for spouses or partners of newly recruited faculty.
RWTH Aachen is actively looking to recruit women for leadership positions.