RWTH Aachen University, established in 1870, is a research university located in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. With its 260 institutes in nine faculties, it is the largest technical university in Germany and one of the leading European scientific and research institutions having more than 42,000 students enrolled in 144 study programs. National rankings regularly identify RWTH Aachen as the best university in Germany in the fields of engineering (especially mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and electrical engineering), as well as amongst the top three in computer science, physics, chemistry, and medicine. The 2015 QS World University Rankings ranked the university 12th in the world in mechanical engineering (by subject) and 53rd in engineering and technology (by faculty).
The university maintains close links to industry (one in five board members of German corporate groups has studied in Aachen) and accounts for the highest amount of third-party funds of all German universities in both absolute and relative terms per faculty member. Teaching at RWTH Aachen is first and foremost application-oriented, therefore its graduated students sought-after as junior executives and leaders in business and industry.