University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr)

One of the biggest centers of science and research in Germany, the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) brings together the three best universities in the region: the Universität Duisburg-Essen, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Technische Universität Dortmund.

Two of the three UA Ruhr members are among the 100 worldwide bet “young universities” (with less than 50 years), according to the Times Higher Education ranking. Together, the three universities have an annual budget of 1.3 billion euros, 1250 full professors and eight thousand researchers. They have almost 110,000 students, of which 15,000 are from other countries, who benefit from more than 500 bachelor’s and master’s degree courses, besides counting on numerous possibilities for a doctoral degree. In addition, there are 800 international partnerships with higher education institutions in 130 countries.

The UA Ruhr is a loose but strategic alliance that does not take away the autonomy of each member university. Around one hundred collaborations in research, teaching and administration are aimed at joint innovation. With the motto “gemeinsam besser” (in free translation, “better together”), the UA Ruhr offers its teachers, researchers and students many opportunities for improvement and cooperation. All of this occurs in the Ruhr region, which offers a dynamic environment in traditionally hospitable surroundings.

UA Ruhr’s international cooperation is supported by three liaison offices abroad, in the U.S., Russia and Brazil. The office for Latin America has a dual headquarter (?) in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. It promotes exchange and cooperation with universities and funding agencies in Brazil and the most important countries of Hispanic America. It also helps to establish collaborations in teaching and research as well as develop more extensive university partnerships. The UA Ruhr participates in the Brazilian government scholarship program, “Science without Borders”, and has already received nearly 300 scholarship grantees, from graduation to doctorate. The universities of the UA Ruhr have formal agreements of cooperation and exchange with seven Brazilian universities and with the national agencies CAPES and CNPq. They also maintain various partnerships fostered by the bilateral Probral and Unibral programs of DAAD/CAPES.


Dr. Stephan Hollensteiner

Head Latin America Office

Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Deike

Scientific Director of the Office for Latin America, Universität Duisburg-Essen