The link between the two universities involved in TWM is obviously given by their geographical location, both closely connected to the Rhine valley. This was one of the reasons for starting the cooperation. More important is the common research interest in aquatic environments, looking from an ecologist’s as well as an engineer’s point of view.
The University of Duisburg-Essen and the Radboud University Nijmegen cover a wide range of topics related to water ecology and water management. Added value lies in the combination of these competencies and the opportunity to profit from the international expertise both universities have gained in recent years.
Radboud University Nijmegen
Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. Renowned for its green campus, modern buildings, and state-of-the-art equipment, it has eight faculties and enrols over 16.000 students in approximately 90 study programmes (about 40 Bachelor's and more than 50 Master's programmes).
Radboud University Nijmegen is situated on a green campus in the oldest Dutch city. It's a welcoming, forward-looking, research-based centre of learning that covers the full range of academic disciplines. All the university buildings, lecture rooms, facilities and the University Hospital are situated together on the former Heyendael estate.
The high quality of the university’s postgraduate schools and research institutes has received national and international recognition, especially in the fields of cognition research and information technology, chemistry, physics and research into language behaviour.
The University of Duisburg-Essen is located in the middle of a region with the largest number of educational institutions per square kilometer in Europe. The city of Essen is the European Capital of Culture 2010 (www.ruhr2010.de).
About 30,000 students are enrolled at the university; with its 3,400 academic and non-academic staff, it is one of the most important employers in the Ruhr region. The university is one of the largest in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is also the youngest, being created on 1 January 2003 via a merger between the University of Duisburg and the University of Essen, independent universities founded in 1972.
At its two campuses - located at the center and western edge of the Ruhr, respectively – the faculty and students of these two universities are now working together to build a shared future.
The broad spectrum covered by teaching and research at the two campuses constitutes a solid foundation for the University of Duisburg-Essen. This spectrum stretches from the departments devoted to the humanities, social sciences and economic sciences at the one end to the engineering and science departments and medical school at the other, with the highly regarded design departments somewhere in the middle.