Why RWTH Aachen?

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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.

The Goals

  • Answering the great research questions of our time
  • Becoming even more attractive to the best minds in the world
  • Encouraging and demanding top-level performance at all levels with appropriate steps
  • Further improving the quality of teaching
  • Essential improvement of scientific performance indicators
  • Leading the way in large scale interdisciplinary research projects
  • Leading the way in external funding

Outstanding Reputation

The Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments provided a huge boost to the targeted development of RWTH Aachen by providing € 180 million of funding in the first approval phase. The institutional strategy on which the successful Excellence Initiative application was based has, in the meantime, been expanded to form a long-term strategy to strengthen all the areas of the University and enhance their profiles. In the process it has gained great momentum, which can be seen, among other things, in the extensive building activities.

Visible evidence of this is the RWTH Aachen Campus that is being developed in close cooperation with industry and which is to form one of the largest research parks in Europe. Students and employees of RWTH Aachen will benefit equally from these developments and are expressly invited to get involved in shaping the individual initiatives.

A Multi-National Knowledge Community

The many stimulating ideas already have an impact on the whole urban region of Aachen and the entire tri-border area of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. An innovative knowledge community is evolving that is closely networked with some of the world’s leading research and industry partners. This brochure will give you a brief overview of RWTH Aachen as a major driving force behind this development and of its future prospects. At the same time, it also shows that Aachen, as a liveable and lovable city at the crossroads of three cultures, provides an ideal environment for creative exchanges.

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