Global Engagement

RUB accepts international responsibility by the establishment of Global Engagement Partnerships. Goals and measures of these partnerships are joint research and teaching activities with regard to the UN „Sustainable Development Goals“, academic capacity building in many different countries, support of scholars at risk, measures to support academic freedom and promote responsible research and innovation. A focus area is „Digital Society“.

Here are some examples of these Global Engagement Partnerships:

Chinese-German College for Postgraduate Studies

RUB supports the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Chinese-German College for Postgraduate Studies (CDHK) at Tongji University in Shanghai.


South African-German Centre for Development Research


Within the framework of cooperating in Masters and PhD programmes, the aim of the South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR) is to prepare the next generation of leaders to meet the typical economic, social and political challenges arising from the development process.


Vietnamese-German University

The Vietnamese-German University (VGU) in Ho-Chi-Minh City is one of the biggest bi-national universities with German involvement. RUB has contributed greatly to the establishment of VGU: Its master's degree course in computational engineering was the first one to be offered in HCM City. In addition, RUB jointly offers the Bachelor's programme in Mechanical Engineering.



The DYNET network (abbreviation for Dynamic Networking) represents institutionalized cooperation between partners from Germany and partner countries in Southeast Europe aimed at improvement of research in Southeastern Europe.
The South East European Graduate School for Master and PhD Formation (SEEFORM) is a project inside DYNET network. SEEFORM project offers a structured doctoral program for PhD students from southeastern Europe.


Afghanistan Programme

The oldest academic cooperation of the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) – that with the University of Kabul – saw its revival in 2002 after the defeat of the Taliban regime. Nowadays, it spreads beyond Kabul to the Universities of Balkh (Mazar-i'-Sharif), Herat, Nangarhar (Jalalabad), Khost, Kandahar, Bamyan, Faryab, Jawzjan and Paktia, e.g. by offering a Master in Economics and Management for Afghan lecturers.

Afghanistan Programme


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