Under the slogan “better together”, UA Ruhr offers researchers many opportunities for cooperation and networking, while students benefit from the wide range of bachelor and master courses on offer with numerous opportunities for specialisation. In total, over a hundred collaborations have been established in research, teaching, and administration, from which a culture of collaboration with many personal and structural connections has developed. The international collaboration of UA Ruhr is promoted by liaison offices in New York, Moscow, and Sao Paulo/Rio de Janeiro.
A Research Council made up by eminent scientists from all universities and the vice-rectors for research guides the overall research strategy and the formation of UA Ruhr-wide transdisciplinary flagship programmes. Thus the Research Council established the first two flagship initiatives of the UA Ruhr in 2015: Solvation Science and Materials Chain.