The RWTH Aachen Campus project combines the competencies from science and industry, thus representing the complete value chain from basic and applied research to the development of market-ready products and services. Around 400 accredited companies are already part of this unique concept. The first groundbreaking projects have been implemented through to series production, proof that the campus ecosystem is capable of driving innovation through to market launch. Science and industry equally benefit from RWTH Aachen Campus: Partners from both areas are working side by side on visionary solutions for the problems facing humanity in the future, leveraging their respective expertise and the unique research infrastructure on site. The RWTH Aachen Campus is well on its way to becoming one of the largest technology-oriented research landscapes in Europe.
In the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA), RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich have been pooling their considerable expertise in themed research areas, JARA centers, and JARA institutes (Brain Structure Function Relationships, Molecular Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, Green IT, and Quantum Information) since 2007. JARA’s research activities focus on neuroscience, energy, information technology, materials science, and simulation and data science. This both opens up joint research opportunities and enables projects that the partners would not be able to pursue on their own. In addition to joint research activities, collaborations via JARA also extend to other areas, creating excellent conditions for scientific inquiry and discovery. More than 190 professors are involved in JARA and around 4,800 employees work in the integrated institutes.
Since the 1960s, RWTH is one of the few universities in Germany featuring not only a faculty of medicine but also a university hospital that provides maximum care. The proximity of medicine to science, engineering, and other interdisci- plinary areas provides unique opportunities for driving technological advances in patient care. RWTH is committed to expanding this area and is proud of the many great successes the University has attained in the life sciences. RWTH’s special research landscape, with its faculties and profile areas, is characterized by close links with non-university research institutions, such as the Fraunhofer, Leibniz, and Helmholtz institutes, among others. Departments, institutes, and external research institutions benefit from the state-of-the-art infrastructure and the opportunity to coordinate their research activities and establish large research networks.
Aachen’s location in the heart of the EU and on the border with Belgium and the Netherlands makes it the perfect place for a lively exchange of many different cultures. Nearly 12,500 international individuals from over 125 different countries currently study, research, teach, and work at RWTH. This international spirit is fostered through various strategies, measures, and services, also spurring the internationalization of studies, teaching, and research. RWTH boasts strategic partners such as Tsinghua University in Beijing, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and the University of Alberta in Canada. The University also enjoys close ties with Tokyo Institute of Technology, for example, as well as other leading technical universities in Europe via the IDEA League and the ENHANCE Alliance. In addition, RWTH has many more partners all over the world, including the German University of Technology in Oman, with which it is closely associated.