RWTH Aachen University
RWTH Aachen University is one of Germany’s largest universities of technology. It was founded in 1870 as a polytechnical institute by an industrial initiative. Nineteen years later, the university was granted the right to award doctoral degrees. In 1965, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities was founded, followed by the Faculty of Medicine just one year later. The Faculty of Business and Economics opened in the 1980s. Today, more than 35,000 students are researching and studying at the RWTH Aachen University, most of them in the field of engineering. The university maintains a large number of international collaborations with research institutions, business, and industry. In 2012, it was awarded funding within the German government’s “Excellence Initiative” for the second time. The university has made it its goal to become an integrated interdisciplinary university of technology and meet global challenges.
Furthermore, Aachen is home of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences with more than 10.000 students, a division of the Catholic University of Applied Sciences North Rhine-Westphalia with more than 700 students, as well as a division of the Academy of Music Cologne with 200 students.