Aachen is full of young people. 50,000 of the city's 250,000 inhabitants are engaged in studies. The RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe's leading research centres. The RWTH Aachen, a University of Excellence in teaching and research, the Aachen University of Applied Sciences, the University Hospital Aachen and the Research Centre Jülich along with numerous research institutes and research departments of international corporations all stand for scientific creativity and technological innovation. The RWTH Aachen University raises external funding for teaching and research to the tune of 350 million euro a year – the highest level of third-party funding in all of Germany.
But it is not only in the fields of Natural Sciences and Engineering that tomorrow's top specialists are being trained here in Aachen. The Catholic University of Applied Sciences North Rhine-Westphalia and the Academy of Music and Dance are also highly reputed for their excellence in practical teaching.
The RWTH Aachen University Campus represents a new international market place for research, development and teaching. More than 120 companies are active here. With an investment volume of two billion euro, an area of 800,000 square metres, 19 research clusters and 10,000 secure jobs, the RWTH Aachen University Campus ranks as one of the largest university development projects in Europe. The ultra-modern SuperC, the Service Centre of the RWTH University Aachen, represents the station SCIENCE on the Route Charlemagne.
Charlemagne's palace was also a place of science. Charlemagne himself gathered together the knowledge of his times and ensured that good use could be made of it throughout his empire. The university's modern service centre, the SuperC, is the station "Science" on the Route Charlemagne.