Teaser: Institutional Strategy
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Measure 1: Sharpening the Scientific Profile

RWTH sets out to promote existing strengths and to enhance the profiles of the individual faculties. This strengthens the University's core competencies and the scientific profile of RWTH Aachen University.

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Measure 1.1: Strengthening the Natural Sciences

The Natural Sciences are among the core competencies of RWTH Aachen University. This sub-measure aims to restructure and extend the Natural Sciences in such a way to facilitate a sustained dialogue and exchange with the engineering sciences.

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Measure 1.2: Fostering Interdisciplinary Research

RWTH Aachen supports its reseachers in their interdisciplinary activities. Only in this way the University is able to identify and establish new research areas of scientific and societal importance. Photo: Peter Winandy

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3D Visualization


Focusing competence - shaping the future: in the Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance, known as JARA for short, RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich have established a model that is unique in Germany in order to overcome the insularity of university and non-university research and teaching.

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Place To Be

The international competitiveness of European universities can only be maintained and increased if students and staff from the most diverse backgrounds contribute innovative ideas and bring projects forward. For this reason, RWTH seeks to recruit highly qualified people from diverse backgrounds. Photo: Peter Winandy

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Measure 4: Enhancing Corporate Governance

The University is currently undergoing a restructuring process at the Rectorate and Faculty level that will have a major impact on decision-making processes and the allocation of funds. In this way leeway as well as incentives for entrepreneurial activitieswill be created. Photo: Peter Winandy

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Teaser: Excellence Clusters
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Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass

The Excellence Cluster at RWTH Aachen University follows an interdisciplinary approach to investigate new fuels based on biomass.

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Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries

The Excellence Cluster aims at providing solutions in production techology that contribute to the maintenance of production in high-wage countries. Photo: Thilo Vogel

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Internet of Production

In January 2019, the vision that "The World becomes a Lab" will begin to be realized in Aachen with the digitalized production of the future at the "Internet of Production" (IOP) Cluster of Excellence. Photo: Ahrens+Steinbach Projekte

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Graduate School

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The Aachen Graduate School Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science (AICES) conducts interdisciplinary research at the cross-section of mathematics, computer science, and mechanical engineering.

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The Funding Program

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Germany's federal and state governments have jointly decided to give a boost to top-level research at the nation's universities, to strengthen science and research in Germany in the long term and thus make it internationally competitive.

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Excellence Initiative


million Euros - that's what the University will invest into excellent projects in the second funding phase between 2012 and 2017.

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