About us


The University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) is an alliance of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), TU Dortmund University (TUDO) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). The UA Ruhr Liaison Office New York (UA Ruhr New York) represents these three universities in North America. UA Ruhr New York was founded in 2004 under the name ConRuhr (Consortium of the Ruhr Area Universities) and is located in New York City. It is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States tax code and is supported through contributions by the three Ruhr Universities.

With over 115,000 students and 1,300 professors, UA Ruhr represents one of the largest and high-performing research locations in Germany. UA Ruhr New York seeks to promote, support and facilitate academic collaborations between the three Ruhr Universities and partners in the United States and Canada.

Innovation and partnership are guiding principles for the Ruhr area’s remarkable transition from a coal and steel powerhouse to Germany’s most cutting-edge science region. As a driving force behind this transformation, the University Alliance Ruhr embodies this regional spirit through excellence in research and the collaboration of its members: the Ruhr University Bochum, TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen. These universities partner with renowned institutes and companies to shape the new identity of the Ruhr area as Germany’s biggest academic hub with a global reach.

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For more information, read the interview with Peter Rosenbaum in "Campus Report" of the University of Duisburg-Essen 3/2014 (pdf download).

Fast Facts

• 115,000 students
• 17% international students
• 1,300 professors and 9,300 researchers
• €1.2 B annual budget
• €300 M in grant awards

Ten Years of Successful Cooperation

Our liaison office in New York serves as a gateway to the Ruhr area’s exciting innovation landscape. Drawing on our extensive network of technology centers, educational institutions and international organizations, we bring together experts from both sides of the Atlantic who do groundbreaking work in our alliance’s key areas of research: energy, materials sciences, logistics, health sciences, and the humanities. We connect scientists, scholars and students by hosting conferences and public events, creating network opportunities and serving as an information platform.

Read more details about the anniversary of the UA Ruhr Liaison Office New York on November 3, 2014 here (pdf download)