Fireworks above the Audimax of RUB


RUB has had a proven track record of success since day one. Outstanding achievements, discoveries and accolades have been the result of networking and dedicated teamwork.


Funding of the start-up centre

RUB is currently investing over 20 million euros to set up its Worldfactory start-up centre. Funding supplied by the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia contributes significantly to the expansion of start-ups in Bochum. In close collaboration with the city, RUB is developing a new technology campus on the premises of the former Opel factory in Bochum, namely Mark 51°7.

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Think is being built

Great joy at RUB: On 5 July 2019, the Science Conference approved the funding of the research building Center for Theoretical and Integrative Neuro- and Cognitive Science, Think. Thus, the Science Conference confirmed the recommendation of the Science Council. In May 2019, it had recommended that the research building should be financed, and awarded it top marks. Moreover, Think took first place at the Science Conference.

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Kick-off for the Centre for Protein Diagnostics

The Centre for Protein Diagnostics has been launched. The researchers are happy about the excellent working conditions. New methods for the diagnosis of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases are thus to be transferred to the clinic to treat patients as quickly as possible.

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It’s a yes for Max Planck Institute

Following the decision by the Joint Science Conference, the course has finally been set for the new Max Planck Institute in Bochum. The Max Planck Institute for Cyber Security and Privacy will significantly contribute to sustainable and dedicated world-class research into IT security in the Ruhr area.

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Two Clusters in world-class research

RUB was awarded two Clusters of Excellence in the first round of the national Excellence Strategy:

  • Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Attackers (CaSa)
  • Ruhr Explores Solvation (RESOLV)

​​​​​​​Starting in 2019, the Clusters will be awarded multi-million euros funding for the period of seven years. With its two Clusters Casa and Resolv, RUB meets the requirements for submitting a follow-up application as University of Excellence.

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New Collaborative Research Centre

Understanding oxidation catalysis: the new Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 247 “Heterogeneous Oxidation Catalysis in the Liquid Phase” aims at expanding our understanding of this process. The German Research Foundation has been financing the joint research project at RUB and the Speaker university of Duisburg-Essen since July 2018, initially for the period of four years.

SFB 247

Research Academy Ruhr

From qualification to career planning: Research Academy Ruhr (RAR) supports and guides Master’s students and PhD students as well as researchers on their career path – inside and outside of academia. With RAR and its diverse qualification and guidance programme, the three universities affiliated under University Alliance Ruhr ensure innovative promotion of junior academics. Approx. 10,000 early career researchers benefit from it.


Mark 51°7

RUB is the first tenant in the former Opel admin building O-Werk. By signing the lease, RUB has reached an important milestone. In addition to the campus and the buildings in the city of Bochum, Mark 51°7 is the third pillar of the RUB’s campus development. In future, O-Werk will be fostering the transfer between theory and practice. At O-Werk, transfer facilities will be situated on premises spanning an area of approx. 6,000 square metres.

Fab Lab

The Fab Lab will span across two levels and house a fully equipped high-tech workshop. The learning workshop offers space for practise-oriented teaching formats and supports students on their path towards their own start-up.

Lern- und Forschungsfabrik launched

Lern- und Forschungsfabrik (learning and research factory, LFF) has been expanded and has a lot to offer: industry 4.0 and more in Industriestraße. By moving from the campus to a large industrial facility of the former Wollschläger Group in Bochum-Langendreer, LFF has acquired more space for its state-of-the-art equipment and the countless possibilities for teaching, research and further education.

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New buildings in operation

They are called IA, IB and GD. Together, they have a floor space that almost equals that of 500 stand-alone houses: the new buildings were constructed in the last three years. IA and IB were the first RUB buildings completed in 1965. Now, they have been stripped down and redeveloped from scratch. GD is an additional building that has modernised the G section.

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Building culture award

Three golden Bs are displayed at the RUB Musisches Zentrum for a limited period of time. They stand for “Big Beautiful Buildings”. In the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, this accolade is awarded to exemplary buildings in the Ruhr area that reveal a lot about the era that shaped the face of the region: the decades between the 1950s and 1970s. Along the university’s central axis, the label can also be found at the university library and at Audimax; still, the award applies to the entire campus.


New Research Training Groups

Understanding complex enzymes and controlling chemical reactions: the German Research Foundation provides funds for two new Research Training Groups at RUB: “Microbial Substrate Conversion” and “Confinement-controlled Chemistry”.

Collaborative Research Centre in Astronomy

The Faculty of Physics and Astronomy has acquired the Collaborative Research Centre “Atmospheric Plasmas”. As a result, RUB has now ten DFG Collaborative Research Centres, six of them with Speaker function.

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18 Tenure Track Professorships

As far as the allocation of Tenure Track Professorships is concerned, RUB has ranked highly: the university can now appoint 18 tenured professors. In the same month, the Humboldt Ranking certifies that RUB offers outstanding working and research conditions for international researchers.

Collaborative Research Centre “Extinction Learning”

RUB was awarded a new Collaborative Research Centre that specialises in the psychological phenomenon of extinction learning.

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Center for Advanced Internet Studies

Research into the digital worlds is picking up pace: with the inauguration of the Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS), RUB has established a competence centre for the social and psychological aspects of the Internet.



New research building launched

The Centre for Molecular Spectroscopy and Simulation of Solvent-directed Processes (ZEMOS) was the first of the RUB’s newly established research buildings. In the interdisciplinary research field Solvation Science at the intersection of chemistry, physics and biology, RUB leapt to the leading position worldwide.


ERC Advanced Grants

RUB is a two-times winner, in both national and international sponsorship programmes. Two professors were awarded an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council, amounting to 2.5 million euros each:


Two of six newly approved NRW-Fortschrittskollegs came to Bochum. The Ministry of Science and Research finances them with approx. 5 million euros over the period of four and a half years.


Outstanding teaching projects

RUB continued to show top performance in the second round of proposals for the “Quality Pact for Teaching”. Its two outstanding teaching projects inSTUDIES (multidisciplinary and inter-faculty) and ELLI (Excellent Teaching and Learning in Engineering Sciences) will be funded until 2020 – with 15 million euros in the second round and with 21 million euros in total since 2011.

The RUB anniversary

More than 100,000 visitors in excellent summer weather, excellent mood, five kilometres with 1,200 tables and a programme as varied and as diverse and entertaining as the university and the city themselves – BlauPause on 6 June 2015 was the highlight of the anniversary celebrations “50 years of Ruhr-Universität – 50 years of university town Bochum”.

Further achievements

An overview over RUB’s history can be found here.

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