The Ruhr-University Bochum located on the southern hills of central Ruhr area Bochum, was founded in 1962 as the first new public university in Germany after World War II. Instruction began in 1965.
The Ruhr-University Bochum is one of the largest universities in Germany and part of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the most important German research funding organization.
The RUB was very successful in the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments (2007), a competition between Germany’s most prestigious universities. The University of Bochum was one of the first universities in Germany to introduce international bachelor’s and master’s degrees, which replaced the traditional German Diplom and Magister. Except for a few special cases (for example in Law) these degrees are offered by all faculties of the Ruhr-University. Currently, the university offers a total of 184 different study programs from all academic fields represented at the university
The buildings of Ruhr-University are all centralized on one campus, located south of Bochum city. The Faculty of Medicine includes several university clinics that are located at different centres in Bochum and the Ruhr area. A major facility for patient care is the University Hospital/Knappschaftskrankenhaus in the district Langendreer of Bochum. Internationally renowned experts in their respective fields are professors Wolff Schmiegel in oncology and Burkhard Dick in ophthalmology. The centralized university campus architecture is comprised almost exclusively of the 1960s architecture style referred to as Brutalism, consisting of 14 almost identical high-rise buildings.
The Marien Hospital Herne – University Hospital of the Ruhr University Bochum, is a hospital of maximum care. Two locations in the city of Herne have 18 specialist disciplines, 11 chairs and treat more than 85 percent of all possible diseases. For patients with tumor diseases, the Marien Hospital offers all disciplines under one roof. The urological clinic performs 4,200 surgical procedures annually. The Department of Cardiology and Angiology Department II is a leading center for pacemaker and defibrillator therapy. With the Department of Gerontology and Early Rehabilitation, Marien Hospital Herne has the only chair for geriatric medicine in NRW. The locations in Herne and Witten, with currently more than 4,300 employees and more than 1,500 flat beds, ensure cross-regional supply in the middle of the Ruhr area.