University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)

Inspiration on the Rhine and the Ruhr – Thinking in terms of opportunities instead of limitations.

Facts and Figures

  • About 43,000 students, half of them female and 19% international students.
  • 267 Degree programmes, thereof 127 Teaching Degree Programmes.
  • More than 5,800 members of staff, including about 500 professors.
  • 11 faculties, 5 Main Research Areas and 13 Research Centers foster interdisciplinary research.
  • More than 2.000 doctoral candidates, 25% of them international PhD researchers.
  • 445 ERASMUS+ international cooperations as well as 27 in Europe, 63 in Asia, 5 in Africa, 4 in Australia and 42 in the Americas.
  • And many more facts … 

Research Strengths

Located in the heart of the Ruhr metropolis, the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is one of the youngest and largest universities in Germany. The courses range from the humanities and social sciences over economics and business studies all the way to the engineering sciences and natural sciences (including medicine). The university is also well established in the international scientific community.


We research and teach in order to develop sustainable designs and solutions for our constantly changing society. With our eleven faculties, we can draw on a large pool of knowledge and find answers to questions like these: What can a sustainable energy supply look like? How does globalization change our lives? What can we do to better diagnose diseases and cure them with new methods and active ingredients? What opportunities do new materials offer for industry and our everyday lives? Which paths lead to a successful education that can stand up to international comparison?

In addition, our research profile focusses on five Main Research Areas: Nanoscience, Biomedical Sciences, Urban Systems, Transformation of Contemporary Societies and Water Research.

University Duisburg-Essen also cooperates with various non-university research institutes, such as Fraunhofer, Leibniz Association, Helmholtz, or Max Planck Society.

Supporting Early Career Researchers

The UDE offers established and aspiring scientists an environment in which they can develop and advance progress. In the research alliances and numerous projects of the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the EU, we conduct excellent basic and application-oriented research. We have internalised the idea of teamwork, but at the same time we create room for manoeuvre. Because outstanding results are often based on the achievements of individual researchers.

Promoting early career researchers is a core element in the science-related personnel development of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). The recruitment of outstanding and highly motivated researchers is crucial for personnel development, profile building and the success of the UDE in national and international competition. Therefore, the UDE actively strives to make scientific careers easier to plan and offers support to all early career researchers.

The Graduate Center Plus bundles the support for early career researchers at the UDE. For the target groups of late Master’s students, doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers, a portfolio of various support offers in the areas of information and consulting, skills training, good scientific practice as well as funding and financing is available. In addition, GC Plus is involved in the planning of the TT Academy.


There are various ways to put our university on your resumé. UDE continuously advertises vacancies for positions across all levels on campus. They are listed at the job portal.

Equal opportunities
How can we create fair education? How can we support every motivated talent on their way to a successful degree, independent of gender, ethnic, or social background? How can we, for example, support women in science even better? These are questions that move and motivate us. Therefore, we not only talk about equal opportunities, we live them. We were the first university in Germany to create a vice-rectorate for diversity management. Here you find more information on our diversity management.

Research Networks beyond university boarders
RUB and UDE are both members of the University Alliance Ruhr, where we bundle our assets and resources with Technical University Dortmund.

This particularly applies to the next generation of researchers at Research Academy Ruhr.


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