What is our aim?

As a sustainable university, Ruhr University Bochum will make a decisive contribution to the global challenges by 2030 at the latest. This requires binding goals and a sustainability strategy that is supported by the university community.

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Sustainability is a basic component of the strategy of a modern university. This does not only include sustainability in administration, operations and construction, but also content in research, transfer and teaching.

Prof. Dr. Martin Paul, Rector of Ruhr University Bochum

Our mission until 2030

The complex set of sustainability goals involves challenges and opportunities. By 2030 at the latest, the projects layed out in our mission statement and strategy are to be achieved.

Mission Statement

The mission statement sets out: our Ruhr University will be considered a sustainable university by 2030 at the latest. The basis of this goal is our understanding of sustainability.

Our understanding of sustainability

"We define sustainability as a pattern of ecological, social and economic action that is intended to ensure comparable or continually improving standards of living for present and future generations."

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the United Nations agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals, ranging from ending poverty and hunger to climate protection, gender equality or transparency in institutions.

The Agenda for Sustainable Development is a roadmap to 2030 that addresses governments worldwide, but also civil society, the private sector and academia - all of whom are to align their actions with these goals.

The vision is to enable people all over the world to live in prosperity and peace and to protect our planet from further damage. Many members of Ruhr University contribute to the 2030 agenda with their work.

Our path to our sustainability strategy

Building on the mission statement, a sustainability task force is currently developing a sustainability strategy. But not on its own: through working groups in the think tank and the sustainability office, students and employees are contributing ideas and impulses.

By no means is this intended to be a top-down process, but rather a cordial invitation to the entire university community.

Prof. Dr. Martin Paul, Rector of Ruhr University Bochum

The next steps

  • Development of the strategy and coordination (ongoing)
  • Publication of the strategy during the winter term 2023/2024
  • First Sustainability Week at the university from 10/16 to 10/20
  • First sustainability report by the end of 2023

Sustainability Report

We aim to present our sustainability performance in a comprehensible and transparent way. The report is intended to be an instrument to communicate how we take on social responsibility. In doing so, we are guided by the university-specific sustainability code of the German Council for Sustainable Development.

Our Community

Students, technical and administrative staff, academic staff, alumni, the city's population and everyone who feels attached to Ruhr University: Our community is diverse, interested and committed and there are opportunities for everyone who is looking for information or wants to make a contribution.

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Networks and cooperation

National networks

  • Together with 15 other universities, Ruhr University Bochum is part of the „Humboldtⁿ“ initiative, which was initiated out of the Landesrektorenkonferenz (State Rectors' Conference). The initiative aims to promote the topic of sustainability at universities in NRW. The sustainability projects are documented in a virtual sustainability map - this also includes the activities of Ruhr University.

International networks

  • Ruhr University Bochum is part of the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN). The ISCN has set itself the task of promoting the embedding of sustainability in teaching, administration and research. Member universities are expected to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Ruhr University is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and cooperates with like-minded partner universities that also focus on socially relevant research with a focus on the global sustainability goals. The WUN is a leading global higher education and research network with 26 full universities on six continents.
  • Ruhr University is part of the international university consortium UNIC - European University of Post-Industrial Cities, which is an association of ten universities dedicated to promoting student mobility, social integration and sustainability activities.
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