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An Area of Research

Business + Science

A location with the best future prospects

Four universities, two Fraunhofer Institutes, six research clusters, and the headquarters of 581 high-tech companies… all of Aachen is drumming in time with the rhythm of science. You will not find so many research institutions and scientists in such a small area anywhere else in Germany – one out of every two people in Aachen works in the future industry and every sixth employee is involved in research and development in NRW.


Four universities

58,000 students attend four universities in Aachen. That equates to around one in every four residents. The city has a youthful spirit and the main age group of people moving into the area is between 25 and 35 years old. Every year, 10,000 highly educated graduates make up the entrepreneurial foundation of the region. 2,000 start-ups are founded here every year.


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Campus & Cluster

16 research clusters are being set up on the RWTH campus. Six have already been completed and comprise 300 integrated companies. The clusters form the umbrella of continuous cooperation between science and industry. 800,000 square meters of new campus space are due to be developed in Aachen in the coming years. It is the largest university development project in Europe and guarantees the addition of 10,000 new jobs in the region.


Leading Economic Markets

The region's six leading markets are 'Information Economy', 'Education & Research', 'Production Engineering & Materials', 'Mobility & Logistics', 'Energy, Water & Waste Management', and 'Health Economy & Life Sciences'. Three university hospitals can be found in the Euregio Maas-Rhein:

RWTH Uniklinikum Aachen

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liege

Maastricht UMC+

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Startup companies & Industry 4.0

The production technology and smart logistics clusters on the RWTH campus are among the largest research laboratories in the field of 'Industrie 4.0' in Europe. The electro-mobility initiative 'StreetScooter', which was successfully sold to Deutsche Post, was created here. The latest coup is the electric car start-up, e.Go, which, with its 200 employees, is getting to work on the series production of an environmentally friendly and affordable small car.


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