More than 6500 people with an international background, from more than 120 countries, currently study, research, teach, and work at RWTH Aachen. This internationality lived out at RWTH Aachen is flanked by strategies, measures, and services for promoting the internationality of academics, teaching, and research.
The Internationalization Plan, adopted in 2010, is the foundation for all of RWTH Aachen's internationalization activities. In the concept, important key partner countries for RWTH Aachen were determined, that are each represented within RWTH by Rector's delegates. The international network of RWTH Aachen encompasses partnerships with renowned universities worldwide in research and academics. Numerous exchange possibilities for students open up an international perspective during their studies. RWTH Aachen is represented worldwide by a liaison office and countless international alumni. RWTH Aachen is implementing a new program for "Internationalization at home" and promotes the recruitment and integration of international students. For up-to-date facts and figures on the University's internationalization activities, please refer to the biennial Internationalization Report.
RWTH Aachen considers internationalization as a process which includes activities that increasingly overlap different fields, affecting all areas of the university. Internationalization is not considered as an end in itself, but rather should increase the quality of research and teaching through internationally oriented measureas, and contribute to the reputation and better visibility of RWTH Aachen, in both the national and international spheres. Internationalization, understood as a qualitative process both internally and externally, will change the university both in the short and long term.
The most important RWTH Aachen actors in the internationalization process are - in addition to those active in the faculties: