Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and Technische Universität Darmstadt make up the RHINE-MAIN-UNIVERSITIES (RMU). The universities have a combined total of over 100,000 students and 1,440 professors and cooperate closely in research, studying and teaching. These renowned research universities are shaping the Frankfurt-Rhine-Main region as an internationally visible academic hub.
Between them, the universities offer more than 630 degree programs, with courses covering the entire spectrum of academic fields. In the future, they will combine their research strengths to offer additional joint degree programs. The alliance will increase each university’s academic potential and create strong research networks.
Close cooperation and intensive exchange are essential for science and research. The Rhine-Main Universities consider themselves to be a driving force of interaction – between each other, in the region, with society and business, and internationally.
The RMU is based on the idea of a powerful strategic alliance, led by a team of strong independent partners. Through coordination and close cooperation, they foster improvement in research, teaching, knowledge exchange, and administration and services.
Some four years ago, Goethe University Frankfurt, Technische Universität Darmstadt and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz joined forces to form the Rhine-Main Universities (RMU) strategic alliance. They recently opened their doors for the first RMU Open Day held in the IG Farben Building, Frankfurt. More than 250 visitors had the opportunity to find out about the alliance’s current activities through panel discussions and a ‘Market of Possibilities’. Students, researchers and administrative staff presented 40 projects that have only been made possible thanks to RMU funding.
The spotlight at the first Open Day of the Rhine-Main Universities was on celebrating what the alliance has achieved to date, on how to extend the network and proposals for the next phases of collaboration in research and studies, teaching and administration. More than 250 members of the three universities as well as representatives from the political sphere took the opportunity to attend talks, poster sessions and roundtables at the event hosted by Goethe University Frankfurt. One highlight was the panel discussion involving the university presidents, the Minister of Science for the State of Hessen, Angela Dorn, and her Rhineland-Palatinate counterpart, Prof. Konrad Wolf. The main points made during the discussion were as follows.