The Ruhr region is the home of our founding family and our foundation. This is why we see the Ruhr region as the area in which application of our strategy is given preference. We perceive the difficult conditions that prevail in this region, which is undergoing a process of structural change, as a particular challenge when it comes to working towards our strategic objectives. We regard the Ruhr region as a “laboratory” in which we make space for new ideas and try them out for the future. In our view, education and science are the key driving forces for the region’s development and integration, which is why our projects interlink and promote coordination between the relevant actors and institutions, thereby helping to lastingly strengthen the educational and scientific area in the Ruhr region.