RWTH Aachen University is the largest university of technology in Germany. Every year, numerous international students and scientists come to the university to benefit from its courses and facilities, both of which are recognised at an international level. RWTH Aachen University is in the process of developing from a polytechnic into an integrated, interdisciplinary technical university. The engineering focus of the university is loosely coordinated with the natural sciences and medicine; the arts, social sciences and economics, structurally linked to the core disciplines, also make a significant contribution to the university’s teaching and research profile. RWTH Aachen has 260 institutes in nine faculties. Teaching at RWTH Aachen University is first and foremost application-oriented. Its graduates are therefore sought after as junior executives and leaders in business and industry. National rankings and international assessments attest to RWTH graduates’ ability to handle complex tasks, to solve problems constructively with teamwork and to take on leadership roles. It is therefore not surprising that one in five board members of German corporate groups has studied at RWTH Aachen University. The work of the research centres of RWTH Aachen is closely oriented towards the current needs of industry. This leads to numerous developments that are patented and utilised. The competence centres of RWTH Aachen University achieve cross-subject, inter-faculty collaboration in interdisciplinary networks while maintaining a high level of specialisation and differentiation into distinct subject areas.