International

Die Universitäten der UA Ruhr kooperieren mit Hochschulen und Forschungsinstituten auf der ganzen Welt und sind in zahlreichen Netzwerken aktiv. Die UA Ruhr betreibt Verbindungsbüros in New York, Moskau und São Paulo, um den internationalen Austausch zu fördern, Forschungskontakte auszubauen und gemeinsame Studien- und Lernprojekte organisatorisch zu unterstützen.

Die Verbindungsbüros haben die Aufgabe:

  • Forschungskontakte zwischen der Universitätsallianz und Hochschulen im Ausland anzubahnen und auszubauen,
  • gemeinsame Studien- und Lehrprojekte wie zum Beispiel Sommerschulen, Studiengänge mit Doppelabschluss, Studierenden- oder Dozentenaustausche zu initiieren und zu begleiten,
  • bei der Organisation von wissenschaftlichen Treffen und Begegnungen Unterstützung zu leisten,
  • die akademische Mobilität zwischen den Ländern zu unterstützen und damit zur Qualifikation besonders begabter Studierender und Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftler beizutragen,
  • die Hochschulen und die wissenschaftliche Community im Ausland über herausragende Innovationen in Forschung und Lehre innerhalb der Universitätsallianz zu informieren,
  • die Bindung von Freunden und Alumni des Ruhrgebiets untereinander und mit der UA Ruhr zu fördern.

UA RUHR Liaison Offices

Im Jahr 2013 haben die UA Ruhr Universitäten für die gemeinsamen Liaison Offices ein Mission Statement verabschiedet.

Auf den Internetseiten der Verbindungsbüros erhalten Sie weiterführende Informationen zu den Angeboten für Studierende, Lehrende und Forschende.

Liaison Office New York

Info-Flyer (Englisch)

University Alliance Ruhr New York
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Tel. +1 (212)-758-3384
Mail: rosenbaum@uaruhr.org

Liaison Office Moscow

Studienbrücke-Flyer (Deutsch)

Novosushchevskaya ul. 22
127994 Moscow
Tel: +7(495)-6842966
Mail: info@uaruhr.ru

Liaison Office Latin America

Info-Flyer (Portugiesisch)

Info-Flyer (Spanisch)

São Paulo

Liaison Office Latin America
c/o Centro Alemão de Inovação e Ciência São Paulo (DWIH)
Rua Verbo Divino 1488
04719-904 São Paulo - SP
Tel.: +55 (11) 5189 8314
Email: stephan.hollensteiner@uaruhr.de

Liveblog: US-Top students visit the UA Ruhr / Ruhr-Fellowship Program June-July 2017

Introduction 

Hi! My name is Jeah Clemente and I will be a senior in the fall at UC Berkeley. I am an Integrative Biology major with hopes to attend medical school in the near future! This summer, I will be spending two months in the North Rhine-Westphalia region as a Ruhr Fellow; I’ll be taking a German language immersion class for a month followed by working an internship with the company Contilia. I feel very lucky to be part of the Ruhr Fellowship program because it’s brings together some of the most talented students from top American universities and offers us the amazing opportunity to see some of the behind-the-scenes action in the industry sector – an opportunity not many students get to see in their undergraduate careers! I’m thrilled to be spending my time in Essen, Germany, as this is my first time visiting Europe, and I’m writing this blog to share my experiences with you. Before I got to Germany, I had no clue what the Ruhr Fellowship really was all about other than I’d be learning some German for a month and working with a company the next month. When Ashlee, our student assistant coordinator, emailed us our schedule for the entire program, I was surprised and incredibly excited to see how busy our days would be the first month of the program! The schedule showed that our weeks consisted of company visits, excursions regarding the Essen area and its history, as well as language classes and optional social activities. Our first month schedule has us traveling all around the NRW area, which I’ve found to be such a great opportunity to experience the neighboring cities from our home base in Essen.

Week 1:
Right before I got to Germany, I planned a solo travel trip to Paris. It was the first European country I had ever visited and I.FELL.IN.LOVE! The timelessness of the city, the gorgeous architecture, and the breathtaking views made me feel like I was in a dream because, literally, everywhere and every time I walked around, I was in awe of how amazing the city looked! I also loved how I’d try to plan a general itinerary for my days, as I definitely wanted to fit in sight seeing the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dam, the Louvre, and so forth, but what I found to be so invaluable was meeting Paris locals during breakfast or dinner, chatting with them about their experiences living in Paris, and hanging out with them as they showed me their view of the city. I came in to Paris feeling like a tourist and left feeling like I experienced a glimpse of what it would be like to be a Paris native!

After my few days in Paris, I traveled to Germany and landed at Düsseldorf airport. Florian, the big man in charge of setting the whole program up (who us Ruhr Fellows are so thankful for and are completely obsessed with!!!), was at the airport waiting for fellows to land and later showed us how to get from the airport to the city of Essen via the train. When we got to Essen, we were greeted by our “buddies”, university students, and they showed us how to get to our apartments, which are located very close to the university. When I walked into my apartment, I was astonished at how spacious and modern the whole set up was! Each Ruhr fellow shares a flat with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and even a kitchen!!! Later that day, I met my roommate, Brooke, and all we could do was rave about how awesome our living situation was and how excited we were to finally start this program.

The evening after move-in, the Ruhr Fellows, our buddies, and Ashlee went out to a local bar to have a little meet and greet with one another. I remember finally being able to hear everyone’s names and got to find out a little more about who everyone was. From then on, I knew that the summer was going to be fantastic because the Ruhr Fellowship brought together such down-to-earth, amusing, and genuine people to experience Germany. The following evening, we all went on a bar crawl and found an Irish pub that we all agreed we needed to go back to whenever they have karaoke nights! The rest of the weekend along with the following Monday were free days, as Germany was experiencing a bank holiday, and I spent that time catching up on sleep and hanging out and getting to know the other fellows.

The first official event we all went to was a welcome lunch hosted by the Initiativkreis Ruhr GmbH. We were welcomed with a presentation led by Michael Keller, Consul General of the USA in Düsseldorf, Dr. Thomas Lange, a co-presenter of the initiative circle for Ruhr, and Dirk Opalka, the managing director of the Initiativkreis Ruhr GmbH. The lunch was a great way to get introduced to the people supporting all of us with this amazing opportunity to branch out with companies in the Ruhr area and overall create transatlantic relationships that will carry on long after the fellowship program ends. I felt very taken care of and very lucky to have had the experience to meet such important figures who work every day to try to create a greener Germany all the while consistently working on foreign relationships and supporting cooperation with one another.


The plans for the rest of the first week were company visits, a coal mine visit, and language classes. Each Ruhr fellow was matched with a company that relates to the fellow’s educational background and interests. I got matched with Contilia, a healthcare company that has branches of hospitals, kindergartens, and senior homes all throughout the NRW area.  When I came to my company visit, I was told that I’d be working in a microbiology lab within the hospital. I was THRILLED to hear this as I get to finally have some “wet-lab” experience since most of my lab experience at Berkeley has been with a “dry-lab”.

After our company visits, we got to go underground and tour RAG, the last working coal mine of Germany. The experience was remarkable; meeting the prideful coalminers and seeing the manual labor they all endured on a daily basis really moved me and I was impressed with how cool, calm, light hearted all the miners were despite their heavy-duty jobs working thousands of meters underground! In order to get into the mine, everyone from our group had to trade in our normal clothes for a miner’s uniform consisting of many layers of long-sleeved shirts, long pants, long socks, heavy duty boots, ankle AND knee guards, and a heavy duty helmet. I felt quite silly but also very legitimate as I walked out in my outfit! We took an elevator down 1200 meters and traveled even further via tram to reach where the actual coal mining was happening. The most impressive part of seeing the coal mining happen was seeing how the improvements of technology within the mining space made the whole process efficient and safe to work in.

We also started our language classes this week. Our group was split into two levels – a beginning level and an intermediate level. I have no German language background and was placed in the beginning level class along with many other Ruhr fellows who also knew little to no German as well. It’s fun starting out with this beginning group because we’re all learning at the same speed together and it’s quite funny seeing each other experience similar feelings for excitement, confusion, and the like when it comes to learning a completely different language.

Hi! My name is Iden and I want to tell you something about my experience in tanzhaus nrw.

Upon my arrival to the Ruhrgebiet I started looking for dance-related cultural events, since I enjoy both dancing and watching dance. I came across the show "Gute Pässe, Schlechte Pässe" happening at the tanzhaus in Düsseldorf this past friday and was immediately interested. The title translates in English to "Good Passports, Bad Passports"  and as you might have guessed, this show explored the topic of immigration and borders through dance. I immediately booked a ticket.
Every part of this experience was exciting to me. Walking towards the tanzhaus you notice the railways where probably a Straßenbahn line was passing in the past.  In fact, the way to the entrance is in between the two sides of a railway and you feel slightly confused about whether you are supposed to walk in there. On the top left side of the building, five big grey circles move in relation to each other, giving the impression of a dancing human body. I was immediately thrilled.
"Gute Pässe, Schlechte Pässe" was a very unconventional dance work. On stage there are only seven actual dancers, the rest are "common people" of all ages and body statures. Together they form a "people - wall" separating the dancers in two groups: one group performing contemporary dance and the other group performing  Nouveau Cirque. Two different aesthetics, the new and the traditional, are put in opposition to each other. The piece moves between the political and artistic interpretations of the expression "Freedom of Movement". It seems absurd and ridiculous to divide with a wall people that move their bodies in different ways, or to limit the ways a body moves. I think the piece asks: "If freedom of movement is essential to the arts, shouldn't it be a human right in the political sense as well?"


A narrative voice speaking both in English and German pronounces out statements and asks the people on stage to go to the left if their answer is "Yes" and to the right if their answer is "No". The statements include: "I am a German citizen", "I have a credit card", "I love my motherland", "I am a happy person", "I have been previously convicted". The audience then watches the people on stage move from left to right after each statement, observing the divide that exists regarding the majority that possesses the "good passports" and the minority possessing the "bad passports". At the very end of the piece, the narrator asks: "I believe that one day there will be no borders in the world". This is the only statement in which the people do not divide each other into the "Yes" and "No" sides, but instead form a line extended from the "Yes" side to the "No" side, with their hands tied to each other in the form of a wall. It is thus unclear if their answer is a "No" and that walls will be ever-existing, or if they lie in all different parts of the "Yes-No" spectrum regarding the topic of borders.
Yesterday, a group of us from the program, were stopped at a train station by two German men. They asked if we were American and then immediately started commenting on the political situation in the U.S., and on how the reasons people voted for Trump were in complete contradiction to their own values.  The dance piece states that there is a big division in Germany between the people's experiences and value systems regarding movement and immigration, and one of the lesson from the U.S. election is that such divisions cannot go ignored for too long. This was a very thought-provoking way to start my experience in the Ruhr, and I am curious to learn more about the ways people engage with political questions here.

Hi, this is Jeah again!

The second week of our program consisted of a power plant tour at RWE power, a company tour and CEO talk at Vaillant, language class, and a tour of Ruhr University Bochum. The week was short, as there was another holiday held on Thursday of the week, meaning that the Ruhr fellows got a 4 day weekend! I spent that time traveling to Prague and Vienna with a couple of students from the group.
The language class for the week was filled with reviewing some of the material from our first class and learning new material such as numbers and introducing ourselves and where we came from. After the class, we took the train to the Ruhr University of Bochum where we got to meet some professors from the civil engineering department. We also got to meet students who were studying at the university and got to know a little bit about the German University system. Through these chats, I learned that getting a Bachelor’s degree in Germany was a three-year program and that most students stay a fourth year to attain a Master’s. The students from this chat decided to stay after our scheduled meeting time and took us around campus to experience the university’s Summerfestival. This festival had booths all around the campus from student organized clubs who were selling drinks, food, crafts, and the like. There were also music stages, food trucks, and a campus filled with SO MANY STUDENTS! I had to leave the festival early to catch my bus to Prague, but I had lots of fun eating the most delicious vegan ice cream while I was there.


As I mentioned earlier, I spent the weekend traveling around Prague and Vienna. I went with two of my Ruhr fellow buddies, Sumesh and Frank. We all agreed this was the perfect travel group, as Sumesh had all the plans organized, Frank spoke German, and I had the chill personality to ease us all if anything were to go wrong. We took an overnight bus to Prague and got there early in the morning. After dropping our backpacks off at our hostels, we spent the entire day walking all around Prague, and oh my, it was BEAUTIFUL. Some of my favorite parts from the trip was visiting Prague Castel TWICE (once in the day time, once in the evening!), walking into random shops filled with handcrafted toys and trinkets that would only be found in Prague, and meeting up with other Ruhr fellows for dinner that served true Prague cuisine. The next day, we took a four-hour bus to Vienna. Sumesh, Frank, and I were all just so astonished at the fact of how easily it was for us to travel from one country to another! We kept raving at how the program intentionally gives us weekends for free in hopes for us to seize the opportunity to travel around and immerse ourselves in European culture.  I couldn’t believe at how much I’ve done in so little time, and overall, I had an amazing week!

Hi everyone! Jeah again on my 3rd week as a Ruhr Fellow. This week consisted of a tour of Duisport, language classes, visiting the Ruhr Museum and the Philharmonie while meeting other interns/exchange students, and visiting the Landtag of NRW. We’ve been living in Essen for a solid couple of weeks now and I must say that one of my favorite things to do at the end of the day is watch the sunset as I eat dinner with my roommate Brooke. Our days start pretty early, but I’m really thankful that we get the chance to enjoy our evenings and relax with one another!
 
The start of the week consisted of a bus tour around duisport, the world’s largest inland and the place where the Rhine and Ruhr rivers flow together. Our tour driver gave our group lots of insight about the port’s success as a transcontinental organization and how it acts as a trimodal logistics hub; the port is definitely a key provider for the European trade and industry.
 
We had a few days of our language course for the week, with Tuesday having two sessions of classes. In my opinion, the German language is difficult to follow, especially since I have had no background in learning the language what so ever, but I am so thankful that we get to truly be immersed in the language simply because we are living here in Germany! We all became pros at knowing how to say numbers in German this week.

The rest of the week consisted of a visit to the Ruhr Museum and the Philharmonie as part of a summer intern meet up called “Meeting of the Minds” and a visit to the Landtag of NRW. The “Meeting of the Minds” event was really interesting because I got to meet other students, both from in and out of the United States, who were also staying in Germany for the summer. I really enjoyed meeting some new friends from the states, as well as those who were from other countries, like Great Britain and Germany, because we all got to talk about our experiences abroad and how those experiences compared to our time at home in our respective countries. The Ruhr Museum was phenomenal! We got to tour around the many floors that the museum had to offer and my favorite part of the tour was seeing the old mining machines that were up for display as we walked into the museum. I really appreciate the coal mining pride that the community members of Essen live by. After the museum, we visited the Philharmonie to watch classical pianist Rafal Blechacz. The experience was WONDERFUL and the venue itself was gorgeous.
 
Finally, we visited the Landtag of NRW. We got to tour the state parliament building as well as get an overview of the history of the parliament leaders of NRW. We got to explore the Chamber where elected representatives from different parties come together to make decisions and draft laws. This tour was really interesting because it gave a nice summary of not only the history of the different leaders of NRW, but also the different parties and beliefs that were prominent at the certain time periods of different types of leadership

3 weeks have flown by and we are already on our way to our last week of the program before our internships start! This week, we finished up our language courses, went on a tour of the Nano Energy Technology Zentrum as well as the BVB Stadium (which was SO COOL!), had a CEO talk at the construction company, HOCHTIEF, and visited the Essen and TU Dortmund campuses to get some information on Urban Systems as well as some of the labs that the schools’ had to offer.
 
Our week started with a tour of the Nano Energy Technology Zentrum and a language course. NETZ is part of the Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen and it is a place where scientists from all types of fields come together to develop energy applications for production and processing. We visited various nanotech labs and got to hear about how one professor used the lab to create diamonds, and we also got to look at a wind tunnel!

The next day was a CEO talk at HOCHTIEF, a construction company that I thought I hadn’t heard of, but later found out that I knew very much about one of their American counterparts, Turner Construction, because they recently remodeled a few buildings at my campus in Berkeley, CA. We met with Nikolaus Graf von Matuschka for the evening spent the time asking him questions about the company, how he got to where he is, and his day to day perspectives with running a company. I really enjoyed getting the one on one time with Mr. Matuschka, as well as all of the other CEO talks we had because we get the chance to see a genuine glimpse of who these people are and how their past experiences help shape how they run their companies today.
 
My favorite part of the week was visiting the BVB stadium in Dortmund! Our group got the extreme, VIP tour of the stadium!!! We not only got to see the different views of the stadium (including box seats, the cheering section, and even the luxurious seats the players sat in when they weren’t playing) but we also got to tour the team’s locker room. Our tour guide was so enthusiastic and charismatic that he got our whole group so pumped to be in the stadium.

This was the first week of our internships, and it has also been my favorite travel weekend so far! I will be working for the Contilia Group in their microbiology lab and will be assisting lab techs on their day-to-day work around the hospital. The Contilia Group is one of the largest healthcare groups in the Essen area, providing hospitals, geriatric centers, kindergartens, and the like to its community members. I’m so thrilled to be part of the group!
 
My week started off by getting a tour of the laboratory and getting my lab coat and lab supplies. I was really excited to start working with the lab because all my other lab research experience at UC Berkeley was in a “dry lab” where I spent most of my time working with animals and conducting research my recording experiments and so forth. In the Contilia lab, I get the “wet lab” experience where I get to work with many types of bacteria and human samples!

I was shown my basic day-to-day lab duties by my two mentors, Hannah and Danny. They are two lab technicians who have been working with the hospital for a few years and they told me how much they really enjoyed the job because of how they get to help people by interpreting the different types of bacteria found in infected areas of patients and figuring out which antibiotics to prescribe them to get them in better health. Hannah and Danny gave me a tour of the lab on my first day and showed me daily and weekly duties that I’d oversee. I spent lots of time taking notes and asking questions so that I would be able to keep up with the lab’s work pace, which I’ve come to realize is very fast-paced, efficient, and organized.
 
I was really happy to see that some of the techniques that I’ve learned in my biology and chemistry lab classes were able to be put into good, practical use in the Contilia lab environment. I loved how much Hannah and Danny were letting me assist them with and I was even helping inoculate cultures of bacteria to agar plates on my second day!
 
I had plans to meet up with some family and my partner in Mallorca for the weekend and got to spend my entire weekend soaking up the sun and swimming in beautiful blue water! Some of my favorite parts of this weekend were boating around the Western part of the island, where I got to practice diving in clear, gorgeous water, riding a vespa around the island with my partner, and snorkeling around and seeing fish! I loved being able to travel around the island on a vespa because it gave my partner and me the opportunity to visit beaches that many locals go to, which I thought was way better than visiting the touristy beaches because the local beaches were smaller, quieter, and more peaceful. After this trip I came back to Essen golden tan and wishing that my weekend could have lasted longer!!

2 weeks into our internships and the Ruhr Fellows are all learning what the work life is like! I started working on my daily and weekly duties more independently this week. Here’s what my day-to-day schedule looks like:

  • arrive at the lab at 9AM and head to my workstation and find the “quality control” binder, this binder has the daily tasks I need to do to ensure that all of the tests we use to determine the many types of bacteria found in our patients are working right and are identifying the correct things
  • after my daily duties, I continue my 3-day process of culturing bacteria, the first day starts off with labeling the correct agar plates and mixing bacteria pellets in thiol liquid, the second day continues the bacteria growth process where I inoculate agar plates with the bacteria made from day one, and the third day is where I check to see if enough bacteria has grown on the plates change the weekly batch that we store in the freezer.

On top of my daily/weekly duties, I also get to shadow Hannah and Danny around the lab. One of my favorite things to do is sit with one of them while they look at agar plates of different types of bacteria. Certain plates are selective for certain mediums, and certain bacteria have specific characteristics that distinguishes them from other types. Some bacteria grow metallic, whereas some grow pink!!!
 
I also spent a day doing research on some of the most important and common gram positive and gram negative types of bacteria, like of E. Coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae, that the lab encounters on a daily basis. This research helped me better understand some of the processes used in the lab environment.