The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is located in one of the largest urban areas in Europe - a region whose character was shaped historically by coal mining and ironand steel-making. It now houses the highest density of educational institutions in Europe, and has been labelled ‘Germany’s Academic Triangle”.
About 33,000 students are enrolled at UDE. The university, while being one of Germany’s largest, is also its youngest, created in 2003 through a merger of the Universities of Duisburg and Essen. UDE’s research and teaching spectrum stretches from humanities, social sciences and economic sciences to engineering, natural sciences and medicine. The Duisburg Campus focuses on engineering, physics, energy and nanoscience whereas a major part of the research in Essen is devoted to life sciences, chemistry and medicine.
In the area of research Universität Duisburg-Essen has made a strategic decision to focus its resources on four major areas: “Logistics and Transport”, “Nanosciences”, “Medical Biotechnology” and “Empirical research in Education and Pedagogy”. With various projects involving basic and applied research the university has made a name for itself extending far beyond national borders.
Many aspects related to Automotive Engineering Technologies are worked on in mechanical and electrical engineering, physics, energy and nanoscience. Scientists, engineers, urban planners, economists and scholars from various academic fields within the humanities are investigating the future of urban systems and working to elaborate - and implement - feasible concepts for 21st century human environments. Combined with close connections to affiliated institutes, companies and institutions, Universität Duisburg-Essen is an enjoyable place for study and research.
The University is strong in targeting issues of international education. As early as 1997 UDE introduced one of the first Bachelor program in engineering in Germany. The “International Studies in Engineering” programs, started in 2002, are partially taught in English and attract students from all over the world. Scientists who are involved in research projects come to UDE from around the world. UDE together with the neighboring universities of Bochum and Dortmund forms an academic triangle also known as ConRuhr (www.conruhr.org).