Studying in the Ruhr region

With 22 universities and colleges, the Ruhr region has the highest density of further education establishments anywhere in Europe. These include five universities alone in the cities of Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen and Witten, as well as Hagen as the site of the only state distance university in Germany. In addition, Folkwang University of the Arts is an internationally-acclaimed art college with its base in the Ruhr region. Moreover, the area is also the youngest academic region in the country. The first university in the region, the Ruhr-Universität in Bochum, was only established in 1962.

22 universities and colleges - 400 courses

The number of new students is growing continuously. These students can choose from a range of around 400 courses. Subjects such as mathematics and natural sciences are in particular demand. In addition, the universities in the region also teach subjects such as medicine and health science, linguistic and cultural sciences, law, economics and social sciences, engineering or art studies.

Universities of applied sciences: studying for practice

However, the universities are not the only places in the Metropole Ruhr where academic qualifications can be obtained. At 17 different universities of applied sciences students have the opportunity to undertake practice-relevant and qualified studies in various subjects, such as economics, logistics, administration or management. The healthcare sector, a strong economic segment in the Ruhr region, is also well served by the range of university options: in the winter semester 2010/11 the first state university of healthcare in Germany commenced in Bochum.

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University co-operation for unlimited study opportunities

University co-operation at both international level and within the region itself enables the students to make use of an almost limitless range of study options.

University Co-operationen







universities in Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen have joined forces to form

the UniversitätsAllianz Ruhr, with the goal of expanding the capabilities of

the three universities, further developing their focus of activities and

enabling researchers to network better with one another.




UA Ruhr







The Ruhr

Master School is a network of the Universities of applied sciences in Bochum,

Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen for Master of engineer and computer science. The

Ruhr Master School is supported by Stiftung Mercator.





Ruhr Master School

UniverCity Bochum is an association of 12 institutions, including seven universities located in Bochum. All partners in the network aim to increase the profile of Bochum as a city of science and education. For example, UniverCity Bochum offers joint events for study orientation to provide the best advice for prospective students.

UniverCity Bochum

The TalentKolleg Ruhr project is supported by the University Duisburg-Essen, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund and the Westfälische Hochschule. The TalentKolleg Ruhr pursues the goal to facilitate the decision for training and education for non-traditional target groups and to encourage suitable candidates for studies. Thereby participants can benefit from an orientation and qualification phase up to one year.

The TalentKolleg Ruhr is represented at three locations:


University Duisburg-Essen


University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund


Westfälische Hochschule

Three univercities of applied sciences awork together with StartUps


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