Partnership projects: linking the University with business

The Faculty’s close links with industrial enterprises, service companies, public bodies and other academic institutions are critical success factors for excellent teaching and the innovation potential of academic work. And so it is that all our chairs, research areas, laboratories and institutes have links to networks with companies of all sizes, from all sectors of the economy across the regional, national and international sphere.

Below we present some partnership projects that are of outstanding importance to the Faculty.


RWE Supply & Trading GmbH

RWE Supply & Trading GmbH controls all the activities of the RWE Group in the international energy procurement and wholesale markets. Operating as the interface between the parent company and the global wholesale markets, the company conducts proprietary retail operations on the trading exchanges, optimises the entire gas portfolio of the RWE Group from short to long-term procurement and supply contracts. Its trading activities make a valuable contribution to the growth of wealth within the Group.
With a trading volume of approximately 1.135 terawatt-hours (1,135,000,000 kWh) of electricity and 50 billion cubic metres of gas per annum, this RWE subsidiary is one of the leading energy trading companies in Europe.

The Essen-based company has been supporting the Faculty for many years. One particular example is the establishment and operation of a trading centre that, among other things, provides students with the opportunity to have real-time access to all the major international commodities and futures exchanges for electricity, gas, coal, oil and CO2 trading certificates. RWE Supply & Trading GmbH demonstrated itself to be the perfect partner to the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in helping set up the internet site for the Business Administration – Energy and Finance master‘s program and in sponsoring the International Ruhr Energy Conference (INREC). Other divisions of RWE AG have also lent their support to the University down through the years. Examples here include collaboration in the integrated EU Project “EU Deep”, the provision of funding for a research project entitled “Vision Wärmemarkt 2050” and with other research programmes for the reduction of CO2 and formation of pricing.
Among the university's everyday activities, for example the joint supervision of Diplom dissertations, the organisation of guided plant tours and hosting of joint seminars, RWE
Supply & Trading GmbH and other RWE affiliates provide students with the opportunity to gain an insight into their future fields of activity.
RWE Supply & Trading GmbH is currently funding the Energy & Finance endowed chair to the tune of around two million Euro, so making the University of Duisburg-Essen an international centre for capital market-orientated energy-related research and teaching. 

More information on the Master’s in Energy and Finance can be found here.

More information on RWE Supply & Trading GmbH is available  here.


SAP - erp4students

As the third-largest independent software supplier in the world, SAP develops customised solutions for more than 109,000 enterprises around the world. The enduring success story of this leading vendor of business software began with five IBM employees back in 1972. In 2009, some 53,000 employees generated a provisional turnover of approximately 12.464 billion Euro. Furthermore, SAP’s global research group, SAP Research, operates research centres in Europe (Belfast, Darmstadt, Dresden, Karlsruhe, St. Gallen), the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and Asian. It is little wonder then that the company applies its expertise in science and technology in order to make a valuable contribution to society. With its University Alliances (UA) Programme, SAP is supporting applied and future-orientated education by providing school children and students all over the world with access to the newest SAP technologies.

As part of a pilot project organised with SAP University Alliances, since 2006 Prof. Heimo Adelsberger’s Chair of Production Company Business Information Systems has been offering online e-learning courses to students in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) with SAP Software. Almost 4,000 students have attended the courses offered to date.  These courses are not only available to students at the University of Duisburg-Essen, but also to participants from the rest of Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. In 2010, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland also joined the group of countries to which these German and English-language online courses are available. 

erp4students encompasses a variety of courses that are directed towards various aspects of the products of SAP AG. Some of the areas included here are business intelligence, customizing ERP systems, ABAP programming and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).  The value of such knowledge for careers and the employment market is underlined by the IT-Jobscout 2009 survey conducted by the consulting and software firm, PPI AG. Familiarity with SAP ranks highly for job recruitment. 59 % of IT consultancy companies and 45 % of companies in the IT architecture field demand that their job applicants have a good knowledge of SAP.  This is a sound argument for interested students to improve their own competitiveness on the market by participating in this supplementary, applied course.

Further information on the erp4students programme can be found here.


Ruhr Graduate School in Economics

The Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ) is a research school organised by the University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr, which enables doctoral students to receive a well-grounded education at the highest international level. Established in 2004, this joint initiative of the Universities of Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg-Essen and the Rheinisch-Westfälischen Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI), takes an innovative approach to combining the fundamental research activities of the universities with problem-orientated, empirical research on policy consulting conducted by the RDI.

Alongside the State Government, the universities and the RWI, this international doctoral college is also funded by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation and the Ruhr GmbH Project.

Each year, the Ruhr Graduate School admits up to eight German and international graduates who complete their doctorates in economics in a perfect academic setting. The programme produces optimally educated new academics with internationally recognised expertise not just through its full-scholarship arrangement, but also particularly because of the structured curriculum of education and research, working in small teams, the close supervision and the access to global networks. 

Further information on the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics is available here.