|motto||Human - open to the world - powerful|
|Sponsorship||MKW NRW (state)|
|Students||43,113 (WS 2019/20)|
|Employee||6.005 (December 1, 2019)|
|including professors||436 (plus 49 junior professors, including medicine)|
|Annual budget||approx. € 615 million (2019)|
In 1962, the RUB was the first university to be founded in the Federal Republic . The university was set up outside the city as a campus university in Querenburg : with the exception of a few branch offices, all 10 faculties are housed on the university premises. The university, the residential town of Hustadt and the Uni-Center shopping center that supplies both have dominated the district since then. Teaching began in 1965, three years after the RUB was founded.
The university has been a reform university since its inception . It played a pioneering role in Germany when it came to introducing tiered study programs in accordance with the Bologna Declaration . Due to its size, the RUB is one of the German universities with the greatest variety of subjects. The medical students do not complete their practical training centrally in their own clinic, but are distributed to various hospitals in Bochum and the surrounding area. Until 2012, this decentralized training, which is unique in Germany, was also known as the Bochum model . However, since 2012 the clinics involved have presented themselves with a uniform appearance as the University Hospital of the Ruhr University (UK RUB) .
Numerous important scientists worked or are working at the RUB. Nationwide, it ranks second in the number of DFG special research areas (status in the 2010s). In the DFG ranking among the 40 German universities with the highest funding volume for research projects from 2002 to 2004, it was ranked third in the life sciences, ninth in engineering and 12th in natural sciences. In the overall comparison, the RUB achieved 15th place.
In 2007 and 2011, the Ruhr University was in the final round of the excellence initiative carried out by the federal government and prevailed in two of three funding lines, but did not achieve the coveted status of an elite university. In 2018, RUB also took part in the Excellence Strategy.
The history of the University of Bochum begins as early as 1948 in the first electoral term of the state parliament with the cross-faction demand for a second technical university in Westphalia. However, the city of Dortmund was the favorite for the location . The culture committee approved on December 20, 1960 - and thus only twelve years later - the funds for the purchase of a corresponding site in Westphalia. The Science Council had previously recommended founding a university in the "North Rhine-Westphalian industrial area". After further discussions, some of which were bitter, the Querenburg location won 102 to 87 votes against Dortmund in the state parliament.
After further preliminary planning of the scientific focal points, an ideas competition was launched in 1962, to which well-known architects such as Gropius and Mies van der Rohe were invited, but to which all other architects based in the Federal Republic of Germany were also admitted. Out of the 85 submitted designs, the one by Hentrich , Petschnigg & Partner from Düsseldorf prevailed.
Construction of the university began on January 2, 1964 with the earthworks for the IA, IB and IC engineering buildings. By using a uniform grid dimension for the structure of the buildings, precast concrete parts could be produced directly on the construction site using industrial casting processes, which meant that engineering could start operations as early as June 30, 1965, while the construction work for the buildings of the natural and humanities and medicine lasted until August 1969. The central forum area with library, administration, auditorium and canteen was only started in 1971 and completed on August 1, 1974.
On October 16, 2015, the university complex, the botanical garden and the Dr.-Gerhard-Petschelt bridge across Universitätsstraße were entered in the monuments list of the city of Bochum.
University Alliance Ruhr
In March 2007, the three universities of Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen founded the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) , which strengthens the cooperation between teaching and research activities of the universities involved and gives the universities a better starting position as an excellent location for national and international scientific and study landscape should give. As one of the first UA Ruhr projects, Ruhr Campus Online is promoting cross- university teaching between the three Ruhr universities using blended learning.
The campus is on the edge of a hill above Lake Kemnader . 13 main buildings are grouped in four symmetrical complexes of three to four high-rise buildings each around the canteen, the Audimax, the university library and the university forum.
The architectural concept comes from Helmut Hentrich (Hentrich, Petschnigg & Partner architects). He sees the university as a “port in the sea of knowledge”. The buildings themselves symbolize ships that have "docked" at their entrances, the roof of the Audimax is reminiscent of a shell. The “Ruhr-Universität” station on the U35 light rail line was designed to match this at the beginning of the 1990s , and its roof is supposed to represent waves.
Originally, the RUB was planned to be much larger. Several buildings were not built, including the planned university hospital. Two of the three buildings planned for the medical faculty ( MB and MC ) were completed but never occupied. They stood empty for years until they were finally leased to private companies. The income generated from this was used for the construction of the “Europahaus” dormitory. The MB building became a university building again in 2019. From the end of 2022, the building is to be fully used by the university again.
In the Audimax, which also served as the venue for the Bochum Symphony Orchestra (until the opening of the music forum in 2016) , is one of the most modern and largest organs from the Klais organ manufacturer . The organ from 1998 has 6400 pipes, which are grouped in 82 registers.
The architecture of the Ruhr University remains a controversial topic to this day. The almost sole building material concrete creates - like most other concrete structures - a dreary overall impression in bad weather. In good weather, on the other hand, the light concrete contrasts with the blue sky, creating an open, sun-drenched overall impression. At the beginning of the 1990s, the hard concrete architecture was softened by color-contrasting exterior paintwork, redesigning the main building and the creation of green spaces. As part of the Excellence Initiative, the university has been gradually renovated since 2007.
The University's Botanical Garden is located on the slope that descends steeply towards the Ruhr .
The ongoing and long-term campus renovation has so far included the following measures:
- The main cafeteria was gutted and fundamentally redesigned between 2003 and 2006.
- For the renovation of the office building, the new building ID was completed in August 2010 in the engineering building row (I row) . It serves as an alternative area so that the other buildings can be refurbished one after the other. The total costs are estimated at almost € 1.2 billion.
- The IC building was completely refurbished and reopened for use in 2013.
- The two buildings IA and IB were not completely refurbished due to excessive PCB pollution, but completely dismantled (demolished) and replaced by two buildings with a similar appearance. The demolition was finished in July 2015. The new buildings have been used again for research and teaching since October 2018.
- The humanities building series (G-series) was supplemented by a new GD building (commissioning July 2018).
The renovations also lead to a significant redesign of the campus. Among other things, almost all of the remaining green spaces between and next to the buildings are gradually being built on. These buildings are z. T. used commercially. As a compensation, numerous flat roofs will be greened.
Furthermore, there are five research buildings on or outside the campus or are in the planning / construction phase:
- ZEMOS: Center for Molecular Spectroscopy and Simulation of Solvent-Controlled Processes (Campus; opened in April 2016)
- ProDi: Research building for molecular protein diagnostics ( health campus ; opened in June 2019)
- ZGH: Center for high-performance materials dominated by interfaces (campus; opened in February 2020)
- ZESS: Research Center for the Engineering of Smarter Product-Service Systems ( Mark 51 ° 7 ; planned opening end of 2021)
- THINK: Research Center for Neuro-Informatics and Brain Research (Mark 51 ° 7; planned opening 2024)
Humanities and social sciences
- Evangelical Theological Faculty
- Catholic Theological Faculty
- Faculty of Philosophy and Education
- Faculty of History
- Faculty of Philology
- Law Faculty
- Faculty of Economics
- Faculty of Social Science
- Faculty of East Asian Studies
- Faculty of Sports Science
- Faculty of Psychology
- Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
- Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
- Faculty of Mathematics
- Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
- Faculty of Earth Sciences
- Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology
- Campus facilities
University Hospital of the Ruhr University Bochum , see also the Bochum model , consisting of the following hospitals and their departments:
- Bergmannsheil University Hospital of the Employer's Liability Insurance Association
- Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum-Langendreer
- St. Josef Hospital Bochum
- Marienhospital Herne
- LWL University Hospital Bochum - Psychiatry - Psychotherapy - Psychosomatics - Preventive medicine
- LWL University Hospital Hamm - Child and adolescent psychiatry - Psychotherapy - Psychosomatics
- Heart and Diabetes Center North Rhine-Westphalia (in Bad Oeynhausen )
- Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine of the DGUV (in Bochum)
- University Clinic for Ear, Nose and Throat Medicine and Head and Neck Surgery at the St. Elisabeth Hospital in Bochum
- Institute for Pathology of the Ruhr University Bochum at the professional association clinics Bergmannsheil , there is also the German Mesothelioma Register
- Johannes Wesling Klinikum Minden (owner of the Mühlenkreiskliniken )
- Klinikum Herford (sponsor: Klinikum Herford, AöR)
- Hospital Lübbecke-Rahden ( Mühlenkreiskliniken )
- Auguste Viktoria Clinic Bad Oeynhausen (owner of the Mühlenkreiskliniken )
- Medical history collection (housed in an old Malakow tower of the former Julius-Philipp colliery )
- Central student advisory service
- Central e-learning network RUBeL
- Center for Foreign Language Education
- Professional School of Education (until 2010 Center for Teacher Education)
- Horst Görtz Institute for Information Security
- LSI, State Language Institute North Rhine-Westphalia
- ZEFIR, center for interdisciplinary regional research
- European Interuniversity Center for Human Rights and Democratization
- Interdisciplinary Center For Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS)
- Institute for Development Research and Development Policy
- Academy of the Ruhr University
- Underground museum of the Ruhr University Bochum
Various student initiatives are known nationwide:
- The " Studienkreis Film ", the RUB's university cinema, was founded in 1966 by students. As a non-profit e. V. have committed their members to dealing with the medium of film . The SKF enriches the cultural life on the campus in Bochum with film screenings, lectures and publications.
- The International Bochum Video Festival has taken place annually since 1991 . After the 21st edition, from May 26th to 28th 2011, there were no further events.
- Since 1967 the general student committee has published the : bsz , the Bochum city and student newspaper. This is the oldest continuously appearing student newspaper in Germany.
- The student theater festival MegaFon has been held annually in the musical center of the Ruhr University since 2002 and has been inviting student theater groups from all over Europe since 2006.
- In 1997, CT began radio, the first campus radio in North Rhine-Westphalia, which broadcasts around the clock and on its own frequency.
- A teaching and learning editorial team for audiovisual journalism has existed since 2009. a. a student magazine program is produced.
- The “Rote ruhr uni” working group has existed since 1996, which, in the tradition of Karl Marx and critical theory, deals with social criticism , especially with the criticism of political economy and anti-Semitism .
The conception of the Audimax already provided for the installation of a concert organ, but this was not implemented for cost reasons. Only 20 years later, in 1998, the Klais organ building company from Bonn built the largest concert hall organ in North Rhine-Westphalia with 6400 pipes . It has 82 registers , distributed over four manuals and pedals , which can be made to sound either with mechanical action from the main console on the organ or on the mobile electric console . The stop action of the two, not only visually very different, gaming tables are electric. Visually, in the truest sense of the word (in the room as horizontal) are outstanding, the reed pipes of the four registers of Bombardwerks. The pipes of the II. And III. Manuals (positive and recit) are each in a separate swell box .
A water pipe burst damaged the organ in 2013, and the renovation work on the hall also caused damage from drilling dust. Finally, it was completely overhauled and cleaned in July 2015.
- Normal coupling: II / I, III / I, IV / I, III / II, IV / II, IV / III, I / P, II / P, III / P, IV / P
- Octave coupling: Sub III / I, Super III / I, Sub III / III, Super III / III
- Playing aids : electronic typesetting system
The university maintains the Botanical Garden of the Ruhr University Bochum , which is known as a destination far beyond the borders of the region. Part of the Botanical Garden is the approximately 1000 square meter Chinese Garden, which was donated by the Tongji University in Shanghai and is called "Qian Yuan" ( Chinese 潜 园 , Pinyin Qián Yuán ). On March 23, 2015, the Chinese Garden was badly damaged by vandalism, but has now reopened after repairs.
In the middle of the university campus, to the side of the Audimax, is the campus center, where items for student needs and beyond can be purchased. Among other things, there is a bookstore, a music and record shop, a café , a kiosk and other shops for daily needs. The campus center has been in this location for more than 15 years, with some of the stores having been at the university for more than 30 years. Due to possible renovation work and fixed-term contracts on the part of the university administration, it is unclear how long the Campus Center may stay at this location. The Campus Center should not be confused with the Uni-Center , which is on the other side of Universitätsstraße and a little outside the university grounds.
The interests of the students are represented by a general student committee, which is elected by the student parliament. The composition of the parliament with 35 seats is determined in annual elections, the turnout in 2018 was 8.45%, in 2019 it was 9.8%. The AStA awards funds to the student councils .
On December 8, 2007, the semester party (performing bands Culcha Candela , Juli and 2raumwohnung ) of the AStAs, led by Jusos , RCDS and Liberals, closed with costs of over 200,000 euros, which had an income of around 20,000 euros (originally 3700 guests were planned because of Fire protection regulations were only allowed 2400 people, ultimately only 1100 cards were sold). The Bochum district court sentenced AStA chairman Fabian Ferber to social hours. The fourth chamber of the Administrative Court in Gelsenkirchen sentenced those responsible on December 11, 2013 to 176,000 euros in damages to the student body. In May 2015 the appeal was approved by the North Rhine-Westphalia Higher Administrative Court . On January 26, 2016, the 15th Senate of the OVG reduced the damages to be paid by the two organizers Fabian Ferber and Uwe Bullerjahn due to contributory negligence on the part of the student parliament to 88,122.56 euros (Ref. 15 A 333714).
On September 18, 2006, the Senate passed a statute regulating the charging of tuition fees . According to this fee statute, students at the Ruhr University had to pay tuition fees of 500 euros per semester from the 2007 summer semester. These were reduced for the winter semester 2008/09 and the summer semester 2009 and amounted to 480 euros per semester. The fee schedule saw some exceptions. B. for student parents, top athletes or low-income students. In the winter semester 2011/12, the tuition fees in North Rhine-Westphalia ceased, so that since then only the social contribution has to be paid. The social contribution for the 2020 summer semester amounts to a total of 336.50 euros.
According to the organization Doctors Against Animal Experiments , 12,962 vertebrates were procured for research and teaching at the university in 2009 alone:
The experiments with macaque monkeys at the Department of Neurobiology were approved by the Arnsberg district government until August 31, 2012. Animal experiment opponents had criticized that the whereabouts of the animals was unclear afterwards.
The animal welfare officer of the university, Matthias Schmidt, points out that students should expect to carry out animal experiments in their job. The aim and purpose of the experiment should be reasonably justified.
- 1963–1965 Hans Wenke (founding rector)
- 1965–1967 Heinrich Greeven
- 1967–1969 Kurt Biedenkopf
- 1969–1972 Hans Faillard
- 1972–1973 Siegfried Grosse
- 1973–1975 Günter Ewald
- 1975–1979 Peter Meyer-Dohm
- 1979-1989 Knut Ipsen
- 1989–1993 Wolfgang Maßberg
- 1994–1998 Manfred Bormann
- 1998-2002 Dietmar Petzina
- 2002–2006 Gerhard Wagner
- 2006–2015 Elmar Weiler
- 2015– Axel Schölmerich
- 1963–1981 Wolfgang Seel
- 1981–1999 Bernhard Wiebel
- 1999–2014 Gerhard Möller
- 2014–2015 Karl-Heinz Schlosser
- 2015– Christina Reinhardt
Students / graduates
- Martin-Sebastian Abel (* 1985), Member of the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen)
- Poppy J. Anderson (born 1983), author
- Frank Baranowski (* 1962), Lord Mayor of Gelsenkirchen (SPD)
- Bernd Baumann (* 1958), economist and member of the Bundestag (AfD)
- Hennes Bender (* 1968), comedian from Bochum
- Rainer Bovermann (* 1957), political scientist and member of parliament (SPD)
- Manfred Breuckmann (* 1951), radio presenter and sports reporter
- Peter Bruns (* 1961), Roman Catholic clergyman and church historian at the Otto Friedrich University in Bamberg
- Hans-Paul Bürkner (* 1952), former CEO of the Boston Consulting Group
- Christoph Butterwegge (* 1951), political scientist and poverty researcher
- Albert Dölken O.Praem. (* 1960), Abbot of the Premonstratensian Monastery of Hamborn
- Thomas Eiskirch (* 1970), Lord Mayor of Bochum (SPD)
- Ingo Elbe (* 1972), philosopher and private lecturer
- Klaus Engel (* 1956), chemist and manager
- Volker Epping (* 1959), legal scholar and President of the University of Hanover
- Thomas Faust (* 1963), publicist and social economist
- Jan Fitschen (* 1977), long-distance runner
- Martin Flashar (* 1959), archaeologist
- Andreas Floer (1956–1991), mathematician
- Dietrich Garstka (1939–2018), art lecturer and writer
- Kai Gehring (* 1977), Member of the Bundestag (Alliance 90 / The Greens)
- Frank Goosen (* 1966), writer and cabaret artist
- Herbert Grönemeyer (* 1956), singer and actor
- Ulrich Haltern (* 1967), lawyer and professor at the University of Freiburg
- Brigitta Helbig-Mischewski (* 1963), university lecturer and writer
- Friedhelm Hengsbach (* 1937), Jesuit and social ethicist
- Michael Henke (* 1957), soccer player and coach
- Christian Hirdes (* 1974), cabaret artist
- Karl-Joachim Hölkeskamp (* 1953), ancient historian
- Ludwig Jörder (* 1946), business lawyer
- Rainer Kampmann (* 1964), media manager, administration and operations director for Deutschlandradio
- Hartmut Kasper (* 1959), writer
- Margot Käßmann (* 1958), bishop
- Urs Buyer (* 1984), rower
- Gerhard Klimeck (* 1966), scientist, university professor and non-fiction author
- Annike Krahn (* 1985), soccer player
- Martin Krebs (* 1956), Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio
- Peter Kruck (* 1965), media scientist, market researcher and author
- Marian Kuprat (* 1990), musician
- Norbert Lammert (* 1948), politician (CDU), President of the German Bundestag
- Rainer Limpinsel alias Mambo Kurt (* 1967), doctor, musician and solo entertainer
- Erdmann Linde (* 1943), politician (SPD)
- Sylvia Löhrmann (* 1957), former Minister for Schools and Deputy Prime Minister in North Rhine-Westphalia (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen)
- Max Lucks (* 1997), politician and spokesman for the Green Youth
- Jochen Malmsheimer (* 1961), cabaret artist, musician and writer
- Mischa Meier (* 1971), ancient historian
- Gerhard Meisenberg (* 1953), biochemist and professor at the Ross University School of Medicine on Dominica
- Kai Meyer (* 1969), writer
- Holger Osieck (* 1948), football coach
- Martin Papirowski (* 1960), author, director and television producer
- Heinrich Peuckmann (* 1949), writer and high school teacher
- Holm Putzke (* 1973), lawyer and university professor at the University of Passau and holder of an adjunct professorship at the EBS University of Economics and Law, Wiesbaden
- Reinhard Rauball (* 1946), former Minister of Justice in North Rhine-Westphalia (SPD), President of Borussia Dortmund and the League Association
- Günter Rückert (* 1952), painter , caricaturist , graphic artist , author and director
- Ludger Schepers (* 1953), auxiliary bishop in the diocese of Essen
- Georg Schramm (* 1949), cabaret artist
- Svenja Schulze (* 1968), Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (SPD)
- Stefan Sommer (* 1963), CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen
- Dirk Sondermann (* 1960), graduate theologian and author of legends
- Wolfgang Spickermann (* 1959), ancient historian
- Ulf Stahl (1944–2019), microbiologist and geneticist
- Sadegh Tabatabai (1943–2015), Iranian politician and drug smuggler
- Armin Tebben (* 1960), State Parliament Director Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
- Mario Theissen (* 1952), BMW Motorsport Director
- Gabriele Tiedemann (1951–1995), political activist
- Oliver Uschmann (* 1977), writer
- Hans-Peter Villis (* 1958), economist and manager
- Karl-Wilhelm Weeber (* 1950), classical philologist and ancient historian
- Johannes Weinrich (* 1947), terrorist, member of the Revolutionary Cells
- Wolfgang Wendland (* 1962), musician ( Die Kassierer ) and former candidate for Chancellor ( APPD )
- Wolfgang Welt (1952–2016), writer
- Bodo Wiegand-Hoffmeister (* 1966), lawyer and university rector
- Bernd Wilmert (* 1952), economist and manager
- Rainer Winkel (* 1943), school teacher and professor at the Berlin University of the Arts
- Rainer Winz (* 1950), electrical engineer
- Oliver Wittke (* 1966), former Minister for Building and Transport in North Rhine-Westphalia (CDU)
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