Ruhr University Bochum
|Motto||menschlich – weltoffen – leistungsstark (German)|
|Motto in English||People-centred – Cosmopolitan – High-performance |
|Endowment||€590 million (2012)|
|Academic staff||Professor 408
Junior Professor 67
Academic Staff 2,724
|Other students||2,907 (International Students)|
|Location||Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Campus area 4.5 sq.km
|Affiliations||UAMR, DAAD, DFG, Utrecht Network, MAUI Network, AEN Network, NOHA Network|
Ruhr University Bochum (German: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, RUB), located on the southern hills of central Ruhr area Bochum, was founded in 1962 as the first new public university in Germany since World War II. Instruction began in 1965.
The RUB has been very successful in the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments (2007), a competition among Germany's most prestigious universities. It was one of the few institutions left competing for the title of an "elite university", but did not succeed in the last round of the competition. There are currently nine universities in Germany that hold this title.
The University of Bochum was one of the first universities in Germany to introduce international Bachelor and Master degrees, which replaced the traditional German Diplom and Magister. Except for a few special cases (for example in Law) this process has been completed and all degrees been converted. Today, the university offers a total of 150 different study programs from all fields.
Ruhr University is financed and administered by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Currently, 38,675 students are enrolled, and the university employs over 5,500 staff (408 of which are professors), making it one of the ten largest universities in Germany (as of 2003). Kurt Biedenkopf, who later became prime minister of the state of Saxony, was director of the university from 1967 to 1969.
Unlike a number of traditional universities, the buildings of Ruhr University are all centralized on one campus, except for the Faculty of Medicine, which also includes some hospitals in Bochum and the Ruhr area. Although the centralized university campus utilizes 1960s architecture almost exclusively, mainly consisting of 14 almost identical high-rise buildings, it is located at the edge of a green belt on high ground adjacent to the Ruhr valley.
The university is organized in twenty different faculties. These are:
- Faculty of Protestant Theology
- Faculty of Catholic Theology
- Faculty of Philosophy, Education and Journalism
- Faculty of History (including the departments of History, Art History and Archaeological Sciences)
- Faculty of Philology
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Economics
- Faculty of Social Science
- Faculty of East Asian Studies
- Faculty of Sports Science
- Faculty of Psychology
- Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
- Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
- Faculty of Mathematics
- Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
- Faculty of Geosciences
- Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology
- Faculty of Medicine
Points of interest
- Botanischer Garten der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, a botanical garden with Chinese garden
- Hegel-Archiv, the archives of the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
- Ruhr-Universität Bochum: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft