Ruhr University of Bochum

Bochum, Germany
Website: Founded: 1962 year 251–300 place StudyQA ranking: 1784 pts. No. Students: 43004 Frgn. Students: 5726 No. Staff: 5650 Languages: German Phone: +4923432201 Fax: +492343214201
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About RUB

Located in the midst of the dynamic, hospitable metropolitan area of the Ruhr, in the heart of Europe, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) with its 20 faculties, RUB’s disciplinary institutional units, is home to 5,600 employees and over 41,000 students from 130 countries. All the great scientific disciplines are united on one compact campus.

The RUB is on its way to becoming one of the leading European universities of the 21st Century. Almost all courses are offered as Bachelor and Master degree programmes. Our excellence programmes have made themselves an international name: RUB Research School as an international college for structured doctoral research in the life sciences, natural sciences, engineering, the humanities and social sciences; the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV (Ruhr Explores Solvation); interfaculty and interdisciplinary Research Departments, which are mutually, nationally and internationally networked, sharpen the profile of the RUB. Added to this is an unsurpassed programme for the promotion of Early Career Researchers, and an excellent infrastructure.

What makes it all come alive is the people who meet on campus with their thirst for knowledge, their curiosity, and their commitment. They help shape the RUB and their open-mindedness makes the RUB an attractive place for people from around the world.

History of RUB

  • Nov. 2010: Opening of the first new building on the campus ID
  • Sept. 2010: Founding of the Professional School of Education
  • Sept. 2010: Groundbreaking ceremony for the childcare centre UniKids
  • Dec. 2009: Founding of the Protein Research Centre PURE
  • Sept. 2009: Founding of the Humanities Laboratory for School Goers
  • Jan. 2009: The first three research departments are founded, two more start work, in December the religious studies research centre CERES is added.
  • June 2008: Official opening of the Materials Research Centre ICAMS (Interdisciplinary Centre of Advanced Materials Simulation)
  • June 2008: Promoting the development of excellence at the RUB: The state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Mercator Foundation provide 30 million euros for the establishment of Research Departments and Mercator Research Groups.
  • Jan. 2008: Inaugural meeting of the University Council as the new governing body
  • April 2007: Start of a comprehensive campus redevelopment and implementation of the RUB’s site development plan with the construction of the ID building
  • March 2007: Foundation of the University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr (UAMR) by the universities of Bochum, Dortmund, and Duisburg-Essen
  • Jan. 2007: Integration of the State Language Institute in the RUB
  • Nov. 2006: Start of the campus-wide Graduate School Ruhr University Research School as fostering project within the Excellence Initiative
  • Nov. 2005: Establishment of the Centre for Foreign Language Education
  • Feb. 2004: Opening of the Alfried Krupp School Goers Laboratory
  • Oct. 2000: Launch of the first Bachelor/Master courses at the RUB
  • April 1999: Further education as the third pillar of the RUB: foundation of the Academy of the Ruhr-Universität
  • June 1998: The “Bochum Model” becomes a permanent institution and is renamed the “Hospital of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum”
  • March 1998: Outsourcing of the transfer post as a research and collecting society “rubitec - Gesellschaft für Innovation und Technologie mbH”
  • Nov. 1997: Radio c.t. is the first student campus radio station in Germany to receive its own frequency.
  • Dec. 1993: Inaugural session of the first board of trustees of the Ruhr-Universität
  • Oct. 1993: Launch of the Master reform model – nucleus of “Bologna” prior to “Bologna”
  • April 1991: Opening of the Technology Centre (Building MB)
  • March 1990: Opening of the “Situation Kunst (for Max Imdahl)”
  • Mai 1984: Opening of the Performing Arts Centre
  • Jan. 1977: Launch of the “Bochum Model of practical medical training”
  • Oct. 1975: Opening of Unikontakt: first transfer post business/science at a university in Germany
  • Jan. 1975: Opening of the art collections
  • June 1971: Opening of the Botanical Gardens (today one of the ten largest in Germany)
  • June 1965: Ceremonial opening of the university/November: start of teaching
  • July 1961: Decision of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia: Bochum chosen as the site for the first new university in the Federal Republic of Germany


Institutional Accreditation or Recognition - Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Year of first Accreditation - 1962

Student Life @RUB

Anyone who learns and studies also requires recreation, relaxation, and creative exchange: there are many possibilities on and around the campus to take part in activities alone or with others, in addition to lectures and study work.
The RUB makes this possible in many different ways: artistic development in the Centre for Arts and Music, physical activity with university sports, or inspiration in the Botanical Gardens. There are works by important artists from all over the world on permanent display: as architectural art, in the numerous special exhibitions at the Centre for Arts and Music, in the University Library, the Audimax, or, of course, in the art collections of the RUB with its locations on campus and “Max Imdahl, Arts of Today”. It is always worth paying a visit to these facilities. Additionally, the culture initiative, boSKop, the ASta, and various other student initiatives organise concerts, stage performances, festivals, and faculty parties that draw attention with colourful posters and creative mottos.

Getting involved

As a campus university, the RUB provides ideal conditions for getting involved and help to shape university culture and politics. Anyone who would like to represent student interests can, for example, stand for the student parliament, join a faculty council, or one of the numerous other bodies. In addition, active students are always being sought for the on-campus student radio, the university cinema, or the cultural office boSKop who are interested in the cultural life at the RUB. Involvement pays, and not only personally, because there is also the opportunity to gather a lot of useful experience with a view to one’s own professional future while still at the university.

The Ruhr Metropolis

Furthermore, there is the massive attraction of the city and its surroundings, with its countless opportunities for recreation, in one of the most culturally concentrated and most interesting regions in Europe, which is also the European City of Culture in 2010.

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