Overview: RUB Research Departments
True to its principle of "universitas" – the community of people learning from each other – the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) wants to implement three claims for academic education: the unity of research and teaching, the unity of teaching and learning, and the unit of science.
Cutting-edge research at RUB is organised along the lines of flexible, interdisciplinary Research Departments (RD). Research Departments that maintain strong networks between each other and also on an international scale then lead to larger clusters for delving into comprehensive issues. Research Departments are flexible units forming bridges across disciplinary borders and pool existing excellence in interdisciplinary research.
Research Departments are set up for a specific period of time and tied to several criteria:
(i) an overarching research strategy,
(ii) proven excellence in collaborative research, based on at least one Collaborative Research Centre (SFB or equivalent) as a host university and three additional major collaborative research projects, typically funded by DFG, BMBF, or the EU,
(iii) a strategy for advancing early career researchers and
(iv) a concept for research-oriented teaching.
Implementing Research Departments is a key element in the "RUB Research Campus" strategy. The Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of North Rhine-Westphalia supported the RUB in its striving for excellence with 20 million euros.
The RUB has already founded Research Departments in the Life Sciences, Material Science and Religious Studies. New Research Departments can be set up at any time in other excellent research areas.
Research Department Websites
At the moment, five Research Departments have been founded using the additional funds provided by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition to the RDs mentioned above, another Research Department called "CERES" (Center for Religious Studies) has been founded in December 2009. Please check the different Research Department websites for more information:
Research Department CERES
Research Department Interfacial Systems Chemistry
Materials Research Department
Research Department of Neuroscience
Research Department Plasmas with Complex Interactions
Protein Research Department
Developing Research Department Websites
RUB’s strategy is to support further cooperative research areas so-called developing Research Departments (dRDs). Two of RUB’s rapidly advancing research areas have gained considerable strength and are currently on their way to developing into RDs.
Please check the dRD website for more information:
For more details on the ACCs check here.
Applied Competence Cluster Websites
Dr. Birgit Felten
Phone: +49 (0) 234 32-28128