University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

The University

Creative inspiration between Rhine and Ruhr: the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is located in the European region with the highest density of institutions of higher learning. Created in 2003 by the merger of the universities of Duisburg and Essen, the UDE is the youngest university in North Rhine-Westphalia and one of the ten largest universities in Germany.

At the UDE close to 42,000 students from more than 130 countries are enrolled in a total of over 230 courses of study ranging from the humanities and social sciences over economics and business studies all the way to the engineering sciences and natural sciences (including medicine). 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.


National Coordinator


Professor Dr. Wolfgang Stark

Professor für Organisationspsychologie und Organisationsentwicklung
an der Universität Duisburg-Essen