RWTH Aachen University aims to become one of the world‘s leading technical universities. With the RWTH Aachen Campus, the university is creating a unique portfolio of services for cooperation in specialist clusters in which RWTH Aachen University is providing both know-how and a unique research infrastructure.
This will give national and international companies the opportunity to get involved on the campus with their own research and development resources. Industrial partners are therefore granted access to qualified trainees as well as specialist training and further education programmes. Six clusters are currently being realised on Campus Melaten: Logistics, Production Engineering, Photonics, Bio-Medical Engineering, Heavy-Duty Drives as well as Sustainable Energy.
The challenges facing research over the coming years can only be solved by an interdisciplinary approach. Various companies – from SMEs to big corporations – can become actively involved in current and future research topics on the RWTH Aachen Campus through cooperation with university institutes. Common research problems will be dealt with in an integral and interdisciplinary manner in a cluster. Companies will share resources with university institutes, benefit from synergistic effects and swap know-how directly on the spot.
This close cooperation will facilitate coordination processes, increase the speed and quality of research results and help cut research and development costs. Industrial partners can use the research infrastructure and competence of RWTH Aachen University at various levels of intensity – from basic research, the further development of individual technologies, right through to the development of a marketable product.
Investors from the private sector who erect buildings on the RWTH Aachen Campus have two main motives for their involvement: reliable partners in the RWTH Aachen University and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) as well as an investment in an excellent university landscape with good prospects for growth in the future. The university expansion areas are owned by the Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW (building and real estate management authority of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia), who provides the plots on a hereditary lease. The works concession for a cluster will be awarded within the scope of a Europe-wide tendering procedure via a competition and negotiation procedure.
The following teams of architects and investors have been selected up to now: for the Logistics Cluster, ante4C GmbH (Aachen) with the architect’s office Meyer & van Schooten (Amsterdam), for the Production Engineering Cluster, Capricorn Development GmbH & Co. KG (Düsseldorf) with Henn architects (Munich) and for the Photonics Cluster, ante4C GmbH (Aachen) with KPF architects from New York.
(Source: RWTH Aachen Campus GmbH)