Research Profile UDE

The universities of UA Ruhr offer a broad variety of cutting-edge research that transcends disciplinary borders and achieves international recognition. The collegial nature within and between disciplines and institutions is one of the true hallmarks of the Ruhr Area. Students, scientists, and scholars who come to the UA Ruhr universities become part of a down-to-earth and close-knit network of research institutes and companies whose impact stretches far beyond the Ruhr Area.

Research Profile University of Duisburg-Essen


Created in 2003 by the merger of the universities of Duisburg and Essen, the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is the youngest university in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and one of the ten largest universities in Germany.

In many disciplines, UDE ranks among the top ten of German research universities. Over the past three years, research income has risen 150 percent.

UDE has developed five interdisciplinary research clusters in which its scientists accomplish outstanding work. In the interdisciplinary field of nanoscience, for example, UDE has established itself as a global player with its Center for Nanointegration, CENIDE.

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IDE) at the University of Duisburg-Essen supports innovations and startups across disciplines and industries. IDE provides a range of start-up services such as coaching and innovation workshops, courses in accounting and management as well as its own Master’s program in “Innopreneurship.”

UDE in numbers

  • 42,835 students (19% international)
  • 4,146 academic staff (incl. professors)
  • 2,238 master’s degrees per year
  • 467 doctoral degrees per year
  • 471 foreign doctoral students and international guest researchers
  • €558.3m budget incl. €113.4m third-party funding for research projects

Research facilities and partners

  • CENIDE - Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen
  • ELH - Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • KHK - Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research
  • ZeB - Center for Empirical Educational Research
  • ZLV - Centre for Logistics and Transport
  • ZMB - Centre for Medical Biotechnology
  • ZWU - Centre for Water and Environmental Research

Research profile

  • Nanosciences
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Empirical research in education
  • Urban systems
  • Transformation of contemporary societies