RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe`s leading institutions for science and research. One out of every five board members at German corporations is an alumnus of RWTH Aachen University. The university comprises 260 institutes in nine faculties with 2500 academic and 1900 administrative staff. Together with staff financed by research and consultancy activities, the overall staff of RWTH Aachen University counts nearly 8000. In spring 2012, around 32,200 students were enrolled in over 100 academic programmes. Around 5,000 of them are international students from 120 different countries. The scientific education students receive at RWTH Aachen University is firmly rooted in real-world applications. As a result, RWTH Aachen graduates are highly sought after by businesses in Germany and abroad as trainees and for executive positions. The latest national ranking regarding the employability shows that RWTH Aachen graduates have a high aptitude for managing complex tasks, constructive problem solving in teams, and taking on leadership responsibilities. Work conducted in the research centers at RWTH Aachen University is strongly oriented toward the current needs of industry, commerce, and the professions. This has led to numerous innovations, patents, and licenses. The individual competence centers at RWTH Aachen collaborate very effectively across departments and faculties in interdisciplinary groups and forums, while still maintaining a strong focus on their own department specialization. The strength in each specific subject is seen as the basis for a successful cooperation across the boundaries of disciplines. This was a crucial factor in motivating multinational corporations such as Philips, Microsoft, and Ford to locate their research institutions in the Aachen region. Against this background, it comes as no surprise that for several years now, RWTH Aachen University ranks as the premier German university as regards external funding: According to the 2011 report of RWTH Aachen University, the university was able to secure over €300 million in funding from business and industry as well as in public research grants from the German Research Foundation, the European Union and public institutions like federal as well as state ministries. This result demonstrates RWTH`s special status among German universities and illustrates its success in linking academic research with private sector innovation activity. The university`s innovative force is also reflected in the high number of start-ups in the area. Over the past thirty years, about 1,250 spin-off businesses were founded that created around 30,000 jobs in the greater Aachen region. In 2005 the so-called Excellence-Initiative was launched in Germany in order to select and support the best universities in Germany. In a very competitive way nine universities were awarded the label “Excellence University” one of them RWTH Aachen University. The main part of RWTH`s proposal was the overall strategy “RWTH Aachen 2020 – Meeting Global Challenges”. Excellence in teaching and research constitutes the basis from which RWTH Aachen University works with other leading institutions and technical universities from around the world. To give an example, RWTH participates in the IDEA League, a network of the leading Universities of Technology in Europe, that defines standards for degree programmes and academic training. Such international collaboration also serves to enhance the university`s position in the competition for highly-qualified and motivated students both from within Germany and abroad. In 1999 RWTH Aachen University established the RWTH Aachen International Academy, offering courses for companies, ranging from short term to complete Master`s programmes, in the particular fields of engineering, management and dentistry. Within the internationalisation strategy of RWTH Aachen University, the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) is the latest milestone of the university.
RWTH Aachen Campus
By establishing its new, extensive research park, RWTH Aachen University aims to become one of the leading technical universities worldwide. Over the next few 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. In the final phase the new RWTH Aachen Campus extends to about 2.5 square kilometers, encompassing the currently existing campus as well as two extension sites.
RWTH TU9 – Excellence in Engineering and the Sciences made in Germany
TU9 is the association of the nine top Institutes of Technology in Germany. The members of TU9 are:
- RWTH Aachen University (Rheinisch-Westf?lische Technische Hochschule Aachen)
- University of Technology in Berlin (TU Berlin)
- University of Technology Carolo-Wilhelmina in Braunschweig
- University of Technology in Darmstadt
- University of Technology in Dresden Leibniz
- University in Hannover
- University of Technology in Karlsruhe (TH)
- University of Technology in Munich
- University of Stuttgart
A distinguishing feature of TU9 universities is excellence in scientific research. They were successful in both rounds of the German government`s Excellence Initiative. Altogether seven graduate schools and eleven clusters of excellence were established at TU9 universities. RWTH Aachen,TU München and Universit?t Karlsruhe (TH) were even awarded the status of “excellence universities”. The scientific research excellence of TU9 members is also reflected in their outstanding positions in a variety of rankings. Thus, they are to be found at the top of the ranking of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for research funding in engineering. According to the German Federal Statistical Office, the TU9 universities attracted more than 26 per cent of all third-party funding acquired by the 383 German universities and institutions of higher education in 2006. In the ranking of the universities with the highest revenues from third-party funding, seven TU9 members are in the top ten (not including medical facilities). The TU9 members play a major role in training young scientists. In Germany currently, 57 per cent of all doctorates in engineering are carried out at TU9 universities. The TU9 universities also enjoy an outstanding reputation for teaching. Their leading position in engineering and their strength in natural science ensure that students receive an excellent scientific training and graduates benefit from excellent career prospects. Nationwide, 47 per cent of all engineers with university degrees come from TU9 universities and some 10 per cent of all students are registered at TU9 universities. The TU9 universities are highly attractive to international students. The average proportion of international students at TU9 universities is 18 per cent, which is significantly above the 13 per cent for German universities on the whole. International scientists are also drawn to the TU9 universities. The ranking of the German Humboldt-Foundation, which counts the stays of international fellows and award winners at German universities, places seven TU9 members among the top ten for engineering sciences. For facts and figures of RWTH Aachen, please see the following brochure or visit: www.rwth-aachen.de