RWTH Aachen Strategy 2020


In 2007, RWTH Aachen began to pursue a new strategic orientation, after having been granted funding in the first approval phase of the Excellence Initiative of the federal and state governments.The third funding line of the institutional strategy RWTH 2020: Meeting Global Challenges was created for the Excellence proposal. The strategy is primarily tailored to the area of research. After a successful start to the strategic reorientation, RWTH Aachen declared, independent from the Excellence Initiative, that it was crucial to apply this update and further development work to all areas of the university, in order to sustainably strengthen the competitive ability of the university as well as to broaden the developed goals and demands in the area of teaching.

The focus during the development of an RWTH Aachen university-internal strategy, was that this strategy would be carried and lived out by the entire university, so that uniform conviction for the future could be created and high identification with the repositioning could be attained. The Rectorate developed a draft paper, that was discussed, worked out, and finally passed in 2009 through an open communication culture between the University Board of Governors, the Senate, the Strategy Board, the Deans, and a discussion process with various players.

  Graphic of four main focuses of strategy © RWTH Aachen

The paper, designed to be fully integrative, focuses on measureable gains in quality in teaching and qualitative grown in research. Through the respective measures, the seven following goals should be attained by 2020: answers for the great research questions of our time, growing attractivity for the best minds in the world, support and funding at all levels, an increase in the quality of teaching, imporovement of scientific performance indicators, leading positions in major interdisciplinary research projects and external funding.

Aside from an intensification of collaborations with the Aachen University Hospital, UKA for short, Forschungszentrum Jülich, FZJ for short, and the RWTH Aachen Campus research park, focus is being placed on four areas: the natural sciences, gender and diversity, internationalization, and interdisciplinarity.