Welcome to the UNIC campus! RUB is part of the international university consortium UNIC – European University of Post-Industrial Cities. It is an association of ten universities dedicated to promoting student mobility and social integration.
We, the 41 Alliances of European Universities, representing about 300 European Higher Education institutions, stand together and send our strongest solidarity to the Ukrainian people after Russian Government’s attack. We also strongly condemn the bombardment of Kharkiv National University. Our Alliances have been built on a shared vision of a welcoming and peaceful Europe: we urge all stakeholders to restore peace, democracy and respect of human rights in Ukraine.
Many of our Alliances have partners located in the Ukraine’s region: they have started to host Ukrainian refugees, including members of Ukrainian academic community. In solidarity, other Alliances’ partners are setting up mechanisms to support them (fund raising, supply of basic goods, scholarships, etc.).
True to the European values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, and human rights, our Alliances will remain inclusive to all students and academics and will continue to provide support to all who are affected by this tragic situation.
By creating a European university, the aim is to increase exchange and cooperation in teaching, research and transfer. Its purpose is to enable students, researchers, teachers and administrative staff to benefit from the opportunities offered by a European campus. In addition, "UNIC4ER - UNIC for Engaged Research" aims to drive co-production of knowledge for, with and within society in a more impact-oriented way and to involve citizens and cities directly in research.
In addition to RUB, UNIC includes universities from Bilbao, Cork, Istanbul, Liège, Oulu, Rotterdam, Zagreb, Malmö and Łódź.
RUB students can spend exchange semesters or shorter study and research stays at UNIC partner universities, depending on their degree programmes. The options will be further expanded as the project goes along through blended learning formats, summer and winter schools and city labs, as well as joint degree programmes. Financial support for the exchanges is provided through Erasmus scholarships and other funding programmes within UNIC.
UNIC promotes green mobility to keep the ecological footprint of our European University as small as possible. With our Train instead of Plane (TIP) opportunity, we provide 15 grants per year for students who commit to traveling by train when they start their study abroad as an exchange student at one of the UNIC universities if the host university is located more than 350km away from the home university.
For more information on the eligibility requirements and the application procedure, please visit the homepage or contact Laura Schiffmann at the International Office at RUB directly.
All universities offer virtual teaching and learning programmes, UNIC Opened Courses, that can also be attended by students and teachers from other universities. Please find a list of current courses open for all UNIC students here.
UNIC student representatives: Yazgi Yilmaz and Nina Habecke represent the interests of students in UNIC. They are the contact persons for any questions, suggestions and requests. RUB students who would like to get involved in UNIC can also contact the UNIC student representatives: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joint virtual teaching and blended mobility formats are being expanded in UNIC. To this end, RUB offers models and advice, as well as financial support through a university programme.
introduction to virtual exchange (german website)
additional information on the formats (german website)
Teaching in person at UNIC partner universities can be funded among others through the Erasmus teaching staff mobility scheme.
UNIC Job Shadowing
UNIC Job Shadowing is an ongoing initiative within the consortium. All partner universities offer their employees the opportunity to visit their colleagues from the same or neighboring fields of work for a few days on site and exchange best practices. The activities can in principle be financially supported by Erasmus. A complete list of current offers can be found here. If you need further information or would like to post an offer yourself, please contact Laura Schiffmann at the RUB International Office directly.