In the early 1950s, the number of students began to grow from initially 1,000 to currently over 45,000 and the upward trend is continuing. RWTH Aachen is one of the world’s leading technical universities and renowned specifically for its outstanding engineering expertise. In addition to the 260 institutes at RWTH Aachen, there are numerous external research institutes represented on campus today.
The high regard in which RWTH Aachen is held, is partly due to intensive cooperative partnerships with the industry for many years. As a result of these successes, some first large-scale institutes began leaving the city center in the mid-1970s to relocate to the university expansion area Melaten. By the mid-1980s, the university hospital moved to its new premises in the immediate vicinity.
In 2009, the new RWTH Aachen Campus laid the foundation for today’s development. Growing numbers of industry businesses seek space for a presence on campus and private investors build the necessary, state-of-the-art premises on public land to accommodate them.
But the concept of the Innovation Factory goes one step further: Its central focus is on a better, faster and leaner implementation of innovation.
There are currently more than 360 companies active on RWTH Aachen Campus, and the numbers continue to grow. These include multinationals, hidden champions from the mid-size segment, right up to highly specialized small businesses and startups. More and more of these businesses create their own incubators and accelerators, whose growth is powered by the recruitment of first rate graduates from Aachen universities.