Host institutions

University Alliance Ruhr

The University Alliance Ruhr is an alliance between Ruhr University Bochum, TU Dortmund University, and the University of Duisburg-Essen, the three strongest universities in Germany’s thriving Ruhr Area. The Ruhr Area is not only Germany’s largest academic hub, but also an epicentre of innovation that fosters close interaction between academia and the private sector.

The universities of University Alliance Ruhr offer a broad variety of cutting-edge research that transcends disciplinary borders and achieves international recognition. The collegial nature within and between disciplines and institutions is one of the true hallmarks of the Ruhr Area. Students, scientists and scholars who come to the University Alliance Ruhr universities become part of a down-to-earth and close-knit network of research institutes and companies whose impact stretches far beyond the Ruhr Area.

More than 110,000 students, of which 15,000 are international, as well as over 8,000 researchers study and work within the University Alliance Ruhr universities. Together, the three universities have 800 partnerships with universities in over 130 countries and a combined annual budget of close to 1,2 billion euros – which provides our students and researchers with virtually unlimited possibilities for exchange and resources for development.

Faculty of Sport Science at the Ruhr University Bochum

The Faculty of Sport Science at the Ruhr University Bochum is one of the largest university sport science institutions in Germany and geographically located in the center of the Metropolis Ruhr area. Approximately 1,200 sport students study different Bachelor or Master programs. In Bochum, all major humanities, social and natural sport science disciplines are presented by professors. Research includes topics like neuromuscular control, recovery management, training and testing in ball games, talent research and exercise science in childhood. Further current topics concern exercise and altitude, different aspects of sports nutrition, injury prevention and the biopsychosocial and medical aspects of low back pain. The physical activity and health relation is analyzed from an economic, sociological and medical perspective. The social sciences and humanities focus on different aspects of sports history, school sport research and the significance of movement, play and dance in cultural education, with many of these issues being covered by an interdisciplinary approach. The new faculty building with innovative laboratories, teaching facilities and libraries “under one roof“ is an ideal environment for teaching and learning and allows a close contact between students and teachers.

Department of Sport and Sport Science at the TU Dortmund University

The Department of Sport and Sport Science at the TU Dortmund University is located at the eastern edge of the Metropolis Ruhr area. The members of the Department are engaged in research ranging from social sciences to natural sciences and technologies as well as in teaching physical education students at undergraduate and graduate level. Main research focuses are in the area of human performance and health, movement and training, physical education and sports school development, education and sport, cognitive development and behavior as well as culture and society. Common transdisciplinary research activities are concentrated in the Dortmund Centre of Physical Education and School Sport Research and aim at the establishment and the systematic development of research in physical education as a multidisciplinary designed and independent area of the science of sports.

Institute of Sport and Movement Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen

At the western rim, the Institute of Sport and Movement Sciences of the University of Duisburg-Essen combines expertise in the three areas: social sciences, sports pedagogy & didactics and biomechanics & movement science. The institute offers Bachelor and Master study programs on physical education in school. In research, one specific interest is on physical, social, and ethical competences of children and adolescents in their different social, educational and sportive environments, which are investigated by empirically based holistic approaches. Further research focuses on injury prevention, innovative concepts for sports equipment and shoes as well as on postural control.