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Ethical Principles for Cooperation Outside the EU

Academia knows no borders, and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum promotes international exchange. In doing so, we are guided by a number of principles.

At Ruhr University Bochum, as a German, and European academic institution, we uphold the rights of every individual to live their lives and conduct their research in an atmosphere of respect and tolerance, regardless of their gender, sexuality, nationality, creed, disabilities, or economic status.

Academia knows no borders and Ruhr University Bochum fosters international exchange and internationalization at home. We welcome researchers and students from every nation and see this not only as an opportunity to interact with talented international individuals, but also as a way to broaden the horizons and cultural understanding of every individual who is hosted, educated and/or employed by Ruhr University, regardless of their nationality or cultural background.

Research ethics are a prerequisite for scientific integrity, human rights, and interactions between science and society in the spirit of academic freedom. Within this and the other abovementioned aims, ethical principles are followed at Ruhr University Bochum that guide the design of research projects and how research is conducted at all levels of academia.

These principles address, for example,

  • data protection,
  • data security,
  • research on human subjects and animals,
  • stringency, rigor and reproducibility in conducting research experiments,
  • excluding plagiarism and the maintenance of scientific integrity.

Scientists, students and researchers who conduct experimentation and gather data at Ruhr University, or interact with our researchers at the level of scientific collaboration, are expected to adhere to this code of conduct.

In line with the regulations of the Federal Government of Germany and of the European Union (EU), restrictions are implemented by Ruhr University with regard to the transmission of dual-use knowledge to non-member states. This covers areas such as

  • Cybersecurity/cybersurveillance technology, product or software development, or research on technology intended for commercial use.
  • Dual-use research
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