Bochum

Bochum: future at the heart of the Ruhr district

Bochum, the heart of the central Ruhr district, is home to over 375,000 people. The sixth largest city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the leading role in the economy is now occupied by the service sector. In addition to Opel and the Knappschaft-Bahn-See insurance company, major employers include the universities and colleges. Around 6,000 people are employed here in science, research and administration. The universities and the technology centres adjacent to them characterise the city of Bochum today. With this, the city has successfully completed the transition to a modern knowledge society.

The educational landscape in Bochum is acclaimed throughout Germany. The internationally renowned Ruhr University of Bochum and Bochum's four universities of applied sciences have provided a wide range of impulses for the establishment and development of technology-oriented companies. The Technologiezentrum Ruhr technology centre (TZR), the Technology Quarter and the new Ruhr BioMedicinePark in close vicinity to Bochum's universities and the Technology and Start-up Centre Wattenscheid are attractive locations with choice commercial properties.

Developments in economy

The settling of the headquarters of a number of major companies (such as Deutsche BP, mg technologies/GEA) in Bochum documents Bochum's increasingly significant role in the Metropole Ruhr. To develop additional growth markets and promote Bochum's position on the global market, the city has launched its Bochum 2015 initiative to take on the challenge of the increasingly fierce competition with other locations. As part of the Bochum 2015 initiative, a joint campaign by Bochum-based companies in collaboration with major Bochum institutions, such as the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) in the central Ruhr district, the Ruhr University of Bochum, the Human Resources Administration and trade union representatives, will develop and implement special projects to support Bochum's growth sectors. These sectors include the health sector/medical technology, software/IT, engineering, vehicle construction/traffic engineering and creative industries.

The educational landscape in Bochum is acclaimed throughout Germany. The internationally renowned Ruhr University of Bochum and Bochum's four universities of applied sciences have provided a wide range of impulses for the establishment and development of technology-oriented companies. The Technologiezentrum Ruhr technology centre (TZR), the Technology Quarter and the new Ruhr BioMedicinePark in close vicinity to Bochum's universities and the Technology and Start-up Centre Wattenscheid are attractive locations with choice commercial properties.

Developments in economy

The settling of the headquarters of a number of major companies (such as Deutsche BP, mg technologies/GEA) in Bochum documents Bochum's increasingly significant role in the Metropole Ruhr. To develop additional growth markets and promote Bochum's position on the global market, the city has launched its Bochum 2015 initiative to take on the challenge of the increasingly fierce competition with other locations. As part of the Bochum 2015 initiative, a joint campaign by Bochum-based companies in collaboration with major Bochum institutions, such as the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) in the central Ruhr district, the Ruhr University of Bochum, the Human Resources Administration and trade union representatives, will develop and implement special projects to support Bochum's growth sectors. These sectors include the health sector/medical technology, software/IT, engineering, vehicle construction/traffic engineering and creative industries.