The Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is one of Germany’s biggest universities with a reputation for excellence in research and the promotion of young scholars.
Established in 1965, RUB is located in the midst of the dynamic metropolitan area of the Ruhr and host to more than 43.000 students and over 5.600 academic and
non-academic staff. It draws its scholarly strengths from both the breadth and proximity of scientific disciplines on a single coherent campus: life sciences, natural
sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. Its particular campus structure fosters research excellence primarily at disciplinary interfaces. Research
Departments (RD), flexible matrix structures for excellent interdisciplinary research designed to build bridges across traditional faculty borders, have been developed to
pool existing research collaborations and to jumpstart new research initiatives. The institution-wide Research School offers all doctoral researchers on campus the
opportunity to accomplish their doctoral training within a structured framework. It has received a special mention by the Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat) for its
innovative interdisciplinary approach to doctoral training. To foster research excellence, RUB has already implemented a number of intertwined measures as part of its institutional strategy.