The University of Duisburg-Essen is a public university in Duisburg and Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and a member of the newly founded University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr. It was founded in 1654 and re-established on 1 January 2003 as a merger of the Gerhard Mercator University of Duisburg and the University of Essen. Until 1994 the name of the Gerhard Mercator University was Comprehensive University of Duisburg.
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). It’s also wellknown in the international scientific community.
The university had four faculties: Theology, Medicine, Law and Arts. During its period of activity it was one of the central and leading universities of the western provinces of Prussia. The Faculty of Medicine at the University Hospital of Essen is a centre of in-depth medical research, including both foundational and clinical research.
The Faculty of Medicine focuses on the scientific and clinical priorities of cardiovascular medicine, oncology, and transplant, as well as the key overarching specialties of genetics, immunology, and infectious disease management. Interdisciplinary networking between foundational research and clinical science has crystallised into a large number of research consortia.
More than 43,000 students from over 130 countries are enrolled at the UDE in a total of over 230 courses of study. An important objective of the UDE’s diversity management program is to offer equal opportunities to young people from non-academic backgrounds.
As an academic global player, the UDE cultivates partnerships with more than 100 universities all over the world. It is a member of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), a strategic coalition formed by the three universities in the Ruhr area. The UA Ruhr operates liaison offices in North America, Russia, and Latin America.
The library holds 2.5 million of monographs, subscribes about 2300 print journals and offers online access to about 34.000 electronic journals. Furthermore, there is a wide range of databases and an ever-growing supply of electronic books.