The Excellence Initiative at RWTH

Researchers conducting an experiment

RWTH Aachen University ranks among the eleven German universities which were successful in the Universities of Excellence funding line and will now be funded for a period of at least seven years. Photo: Peter Winandy

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University of Excellence

By the beginning of this third round of the Excellence Initiative, RWTH has already developed into an Integrated Interdisciplinary University for Science and Technology, focusing on the convergence of knowledge, methods, and insights.

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Teaser: Excellence Clusters

The Fuel Science Center

The Cluster of Excellence FSC explores innovative and promising ways of converting renewable energy into liquid energy carriers with high energy density, the so called “bio-hybrid fuels”, by using biomass-based resources and carbon dioxide, and to harness them for the mobility sector.

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production technology lab

Internet of Production

Since January 2019, the vision that "The World becomes a Lab" is being realized in Aachen with the digitalized production of the future at the "Internet of Production", IOP for short, Cluster of Excellence. Photo: Ahrens+Steinbach Projekte

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Researchers in the Helmholtz Nano Facility

Matter and Light for Quantum Computing

Matter and Light for Quantum Computing, ML4Q for short, started in 2019 as a collaboration between the universities of Cologne, Aachen, and Bonn, as well as Forschungszentrum Jülich. Photo: FZJ

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Graduate School

Students talkin in a lab

The Aachen Graduate School Institute for Advanced Study in Computational Engineering Science (AICES) conducts interdisciplinary research at the cross-section of mathematics, computer science, and mechanical engineering.

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Excellence Initiative


million euros - that's what the University invested into excellent projects in the second funding phase between 2012 and 2017.

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