Rhine-Main Universities alliance

The Rhine-Main Universities alliance

As outstanding research universities in the Rhine-Main area, Goethe University Frankfurt, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and Technische Universität Darmstadt have come together to form the strategic RHINE-MAIN UNIVERSITIES alliance.

In December 2015, they signed a framework agreement to provide for even closer cooperation. The alliance partners with their about 110,000 students and 1,440 professors aim at extending and permanently securing their existing collaborations in the fields of research, teaching, continuing academic education, and the promotion and mentoring of young researchers.

The Rhine-Main Universities - Geographic location
The Rhine-Main Universities – Geographic location

The trilateral agreement of December 2015 merges the particular strengths of the three universities, consolidates and enhances their complementary profiles, and expands the course offerings for their students. Already interlinked by more than 70 joint projects and discipline-specific networks, the Rhine-Main Universities represent and support the continuous development of the whole Rhine-Main research hub and improve its international visibility and attractiveness across a broad spectrum of disciplines – from Medicine and the Natural Sciences to the Humanities and the Social Sciences to Engineering.

History and mission of the alliance

News and Stories

  • 2018/01/19

    Humanist Computer Interaction on Trial project launched

    Gruppenbild mit den am Projekt „Humanist Computer Interaction auf dem Prüfstand“ beteiligten Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler. Bild: Arbeitsbereich Alte Geschichte, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

    Humanities researcher's work in digital research environments

    The Humanist Computer Interaction on Trial project, jointly initiated by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the Mainz University of Applied Sciences, and TU Darmstadt, was launched on October 1, 2017. Financed by the Validation of the Technological and Social Innovation Potential of Academic Research ― VIP+ program of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to the tune of EUR 1.44 million, it has a pioneering role as one of the first humanities research projects in this funding line.

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The Rhine-Main Universities – Facts and figures


Sights of the universities


Selected projects

African Studies Rhein-Main (GU-JGU-TU)
Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” (GU-TU)
International Research Training Group “Mathematical Fluid Dynamics” (IGK 1529)
CEDIFOR: Centre for the Digital Foundation of Research in the Humanities, Social, and Educational Sciences
“Multiscale Simulation Methods for Soft Matter Systems” (CRC TRR 146) (JGU-TU)
Collaborative research centre “Molecular Principles of RNA-based Regulation” (CRC 902) (GU-TU)
Research Unit INUIT (Ice Nuclei research Unit) (GU-TU-JGU)
Degree courses Master of Arts “Political Theory” and Master of Arts “International Studies/Peace and Conflict Research” (TU-GU)