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The City of Cities – a place like no other.

Just imagine: employees increasingly like to commute between home and the office – preferably by bike. Students easily find ‘digs’ – except they are not digs, but a real home. Reasonable rents make it possible. At the same time, the university is never far away – there are 22 higher education establishments.

Businesses and investors turn their back on Hamburg, Munich and Berlin, because the real estate prices are so inexpensive and the locations so favourable. Families choose how to spend their free time from countless options – and don’t even have to plan long journeys. That’s surely not possible. Yes, it is. In the ‘City of Cities’!

As if that wasn’t enough, it is also the region in Germany with the best connections, situated in the heart of the country, close to France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. It takes just an hour to fly to Paris, London or Amsterdam. Is it really any wonder that in a nationwide comparison, businesses feel at home here more than anywhere else? The latest study published by Ernst&Young is proof: Essen is top of the list, closely followed by Bochum and Dortmund.

  • ‘The research opportunities here are unique’

    Clara Saraceno is a high-potential polyglot and a very attractive prospect for many employers. She was born in Argentina, studied in France, completed her doctorate degree in Switzerland and has worked in Silicon Valley. Today, she lives and does research in Bochum – and this is where she sees her future.

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  • Cutting edge green research in the City of Cities

    ‘We work with fresh water algae, which are found everywhere – in aquariums, in lakes and in the pond in your garden.’ Dr Christina Marx, the head of SolarBioproducts Ruhr at the IGZ Herne innovation and start-up centre, is researching the generation of renewable, environmentally friendly energy sources from algae as part of a German-Chinese greentech research team.

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  • This is where 50,000 people get on their bikes every day

    A long way off? Not for the Ruhr Metropolis and its RS1. The RS1 cycle highway is the Metropolis Ruhr’s showcase infrastructural project. With a path more than 100 kilometres in length, it will link the cities between Duisburg and Hamm from 2020, making it the world’s longest cycle highway. No fewer than 1.7 million people live along its route; more than 400,000 jobs are in the immediate catchment area.

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  • The City of Cities – an excellent research location

    UA Ruhr alliance brings together universities and the world of business. We met up with Dr Hans Stallmann, coordinator of the university alliance (UA Ruhr), on the campus of Ruhr University Bochum (RUB). This is where the education boom began in the 1960s.

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  • The start-up scene in the Metropolis Ruhr is growing

    The City of Cities has an increasing number of initiatives, advice centres and competitions to promote innovative new companies. One of the most well-known start-ups internationally in the region is "my holidayguru", an online portal for holiday deals. We spoke with founder Daniel Krahn.

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  • Entrepreneurial experience from the start

    The E-Commerce degree programme at the Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences is the only one of its kind in western Germany. Here, students can combine marketing and design with the online aspect and conduct practical research for companies in the Ruhr Metropolis.

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  • Dual education – practically unbeatable

    In Germany and particularly in Metropolis Ruhr, the system of dual education is a matter of course, really – numerous companies here promote two-track education to meet the demand for skilled workers in a very conscious and targeted manner. Its a great example for other countries.

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  • thyssenkrupp: a start-up for 200 years

    The technology group’s headquarters offer a highly attractive working environment. The grounds of the former Krupp cast steel works in Essen are steeped in history and are now the site of the thyssenkrupp quarter, where the group has its head office.

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  • The industry of the future is socially networked

    Jana Jost stands for the new generation of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute. The young scientist invented an ergonomic, mobile, interactive load carrier for intralogistics, called Emili for short. The self-driving transport box enables intuitive communication between the person and the machine.

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