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. With 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe's premier educational and research institutions.
Research Profile and Collaborations
RWTH Aachen is a hotbed of ideas and a laboratory for the future. In University institutes and research centers, scientists are developing innovative technologies, processes and products. With their knowledge and expertise, they are in demand as cooperation partners around the globe. For further information, please refer to the Research section of the RWTH Aachen Web site.
RWTH Aachen succeeded in the Excellence Initiative of the federal and state governments and currently receives funding for its institutional strategy "Meeting Global Challenges," two excellence clusters, and a graduate school.
Today's global and societal challenges increasingly require interdisciplinary collaborative research approaches. RWTH Aachen's eight profile areas reflect the interdisciplinary strengths of the University.
RWTH Aachen and Forschungszentrum Jülich, a high-profile non-university research institution, have established JARA, the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance. JARA provides a scientific environment that is in the top international league and attracts the best researchers worldwide.
With RWTH Aachen Campus, the University is creating a unique portfolio of services for cooperation in specialist clusters in which RWTH Aachen is providing both know-how and a unique research infrastructure. With 19 research clusters on an 800,000 square meter site, RWTH Aachen Campus will be one of the largest technology-oriented research landscapes in Europe.
Studying at RWTH Aachen University
More than 42,000 students in 144 courses of study were registered for the winter semester of 2014/15, including about 7,000 international students from more than 120 countries. The nine RWTH Aachen faculties offer a broad program of engineering sciences, natural sciences, geosciences, business and economics, humanities, and medical subjects. Teaching at RWTH Aachen is first and foremost application-oriented. Its graduates are therefore sought-after as junior executives and leaders in business and industry. For further information on studying, teaching and learning at RWTH, please refer to the Academics section of the RWTH Aachen Web site.
RWTH Facts & Figures
For current statistics, trends, and developments in the areas such as teaching and learning, research, and budgets, please refer to RWTH Facts & Figures Web page.
Working at RWTH Aachen University
RWTH Aachen University is the largest employer in Aachen City Region. 13,000 employees in research, teaching, and administration make sure that our University is one of the most renowned institutions of education throughout Europe. For further information, please visit the Working at RWTH section of the University Web site.
Through the implementation of target agreements as part of its certification as a family friendly university in 2009, RWTH Aachen has created structures, processes, and instruments that support the family friendly organization of the University and the ensure the compatibility of studies, career, and family.
The Welcome Service supports newly appointed professors and their families to ensure their smooth and speedy transition to RWTH Aachen. The University is committed to helping them successfully navigate the early stages of their new role at RWTH Aachen.
Aachen is Germany's westernmost major city at whose boundaries three nations with three languages converge. The city has a population of 260,000 inhabitants. It is the center of a dynamic, cross-border knowledge region and stands for world-class university education in Natural Sciences and Engineering.
Science has defined the structural change from a mining area to a technology region and today it is the most important economic factor. More than 50,000 people study and teach at the four universities and colleges in the Aachen region.
More than 7,000 international RWTH students from 120 nations, along with a large number of researchers from all over the world, give the scientific center of Aachen an open, international atmosphere. Teaching and research also find their expression in the image of the city. Thanks to the students and their diverse cultural life, the tradition-rich City of Aachen has a lively and young appearance, particularly in the student quarter of Pontviertel. Its proximity to the Eifel and the Ardennes, to Maastricht and Brussels with their linguistic and cultural distinctiveness, give the city that lies in the shadow of Charlemagne's palace chapel a particular charm. -> Living in Aachen