Rhine-Westphalia Institute of Technology Aachen (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen ) (German pronunciation: [ɛʀveːteːhaː ˈʔaːxən]) is a research university of technology located in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The institution maintains close links to industry and accounts for the highest amount of third-party funds of all German universities in both absolute and relative terms per faculty member.
In 2007, RWTH Aachen was chosen by DFG as one of nine German Universities of Excellence for its future concept RWTH 2020: Meeting Global Challenges and additionally won funding for one graduate school and three clusters of excellence. In 2012, RWTH Aachen was selected again as a University of Excellence and altogether financially endowed for one graduate school and two clusters of excellence. RWTH Aachen is one of only six German universities to retain this status from the previous funding period of 2007 – 2012.
RWTH Aachen is a founding member of IDEA League, a strategic alliance of four leading universities of technology in Europe. The university is also a member of TU9, DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and the Top Industrial Managers for Europe network.
The RWTH is divided into nine faculties:
1. Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences
2. Faculty of Architecture
3. Faculty of Civil Engineering
4. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
5. Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering
6. Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
7. Faculty of Arts and Humanities
8. School of Business and Economics
9. Faculty of Medicine
National rankings regularly identify RWTH Aachen as the best university in Germany in the fields of engineering (especially mechanical engineering, chemical engineering andelectrical engineering), as well as amongst the top three in computer science, physics, chemistry, and medicine. The 2013 QS World University Rankings ranked the university 17th in the world in mechanical engineering (by subject) and 28th in engineering and technology (by faculty).
On the national level, two prominent German newspapers, “Handelsblatt“ and “Wirtschaftswoche“, currently rank RWTH Aachen the first place in Germany in the fields of mechanical engineering (including chemical engineering), electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and computer science. In the latest ranking published by DAADtogether with Centre for Higher Education Development and Die Zeit, RWTH Aachen also stands on top among other German universities in the aforementioned fields of engineering and computer science