Ruhr University Bochum


Ruhr University Bochum

Infobox University
name=Ruhr-University Bochum
native_name=Ruhr-Universität Bochum


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established=1962
type=Public
rector=Prof. Dr. Elmar Weiler
faculty=2,425
students=33,685
city = Bochum
state = North Rhine-Westphalia
country = Germany
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website= [http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/ www.uni-bochum.de]

Ruhr University Bochum (German "Ruhr-Universität Bochum", RUB), located on the southern hills of central Ruhr area Bochum, was founded in 1962 and is the first new public university in Germany after World War II. Classes opened in 1965.

The Ruhr-University Bochum is one of the largest universities in Germany and part of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, a society of Germany's leading research universities.

The RUB has been very successful in the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments (2007), a competition among Germany's most prestigious universities. It was one of the few institutions left competing for the title of an "elite university", but did not succeed in the last round of the competition. There are currently nine universities in Germany that hold this title.

The University of Bochum was one of the first universities in Germany to introduce international Bachelor and Master degrees, which replaced the traditional German Diplom and Magister. Except for a few special cases (for example in Law) this process has been completed and all degrees been converted. Today, the university offers a total of 150 different study programs from all fields.

Ruhr University is financed and administered by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where it is the only university housing medicine, engineering, humanities, social sciences, theologies, and natural sciences at the same time. Currently, 33,685 students (January 2007) are enrolled, and the university employs some 5,000 staff (almost 400 of which are professors), making it the ninth largest university in Germany (as of 2003). Kurt Biedenkopf,who later became prime minister of the state of Saxony, was director of the university from 1967 to 1969.

Unlike a number of traditional universities, the buildings of Ruhr University are all centralized on one campus, except for the Faculty of Medicine, which also includes some hospitals in Bochum and the Ruhr area. Although the university is notorious for its monotonous sixties architecture, mainly consisting of 14 almost identical high-rise buildings, its location at the edge of a green belt on top of the Ruhr valley is rather scenic.

Organization

The university is organized in twenty different faculties. These are:

* Faculty of Protestant Theology
* Faculty of Catholic Theology
* Faculty of Philosophy, Education and Journalism
* Faculty of History
* Faculty of Philology
* Faculty of Law
* Faculty of Economics
* Faculty of Social Science
* Faculty of East Asian Studies
* Faculty of Sports Science
* Faculty of Psychology
* Faculty of Civil Engineering
* Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
* Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology
* Faculty of Mathematics
* Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
* Faculty of Geosciences
* Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry
* Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology
* Faculty of Medicine

English education

ee also

* List of colleges and universities
* Bochum
* ConRuhr

External links

* [http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/ Ruhr-Universität Bochum Website] de icon en icon


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