About the University

About the University of Duisburg-Essen

Located in the heart of the Ruhr metropolis, the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is one of the youngest and largest universities in Germany. The courses range from the humanities and social sciences over economics and business studies all the way to the engineering sciences and natural sciences (including medicine). The university is also well established in the international scientific community.

This is reflected by the top positions the UDE has recently achieved in international rankings. In a global comparison of the performance of the best universities founded since the turn of the millennium, the UDE came in sixth. In a comparison of the best universities founded after the turn of the millennium, the UDE ranks sixth worldwide. In the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Ranking, the UDE is 16th among the top 400 international universities that are under 50 years old. The UDE is also well ahead when it comes to citations of scientific publications: It ranks sixth nationwide and 115th in the THE World University Ranking.

The research carried out at the UDE covers a broad spectrum including five cross-departmental main research areas: nanosciences, biomedical sciences, urban systems, transformation of contemporary societies and water research. More than 43,000 students from over 130 countries are enrolled at the UDE in a total of over 230 courses of study. An important objective of the UDE’s diversity management program is to offer equal opportunities to young people from non-academic backgrounds.

As an academic global player, the UDE cultivates partnerships with more than 100 universities all over the world. It is a member of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), a strategic coalition formed by the three universities in the Ruhr area. The UA Ruhr operates liaison offices in North America and Russia.

More information: https://www.uni-due.de/imperia/md/content/dokumente/ppt/ppt_praesentation_ude_en.pdf

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The work of scientists, academics and researchers does not begin and end on a single campus, as more than 400 international collaborations between the UDE and partners from around the globe are able to testify.

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