Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences

The Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences (HRW) is a state-run university of applied sciences based in the cities of Bottrop and Mülheim an der Ruhr. The main emphases are on the areas of computer science, engineering sciences, mathematics, natural sciences and economics. Unique and practice-oriented degree programmes attract an increasing number of students.

More than 2,600 students from all over Germany are currently studying at HRW. High-quality practically relevant teaching and research are one of its strengths. Associated with this are new laboratories with excellent equipping. The HRW is regionally rooted and internationally oriented.

In addition to the interdisciplinary education the HRW attaches great importance to intensive and service-oriented student support – from start to finish. Valuable soft skills are imparted and the entry into professional life is prepared extensively: Well-structured and practice-oriented degree programmes with an internship semester at the end allow for effective studies within the standard period of study.

Professor Dr Mark Oelmann studied Economics and Ethnology in a double degree program at Philipps-University (Marburg, Germany) and Pennsylvania State University (USA). He completed his doctorate at the University of Cologne under the guidance of his doctoral advisor Professor Dr Juergen Donges who was Chairman of the German Council of Economic Experts for many years. In his dissertation with the title “Reorientation of price and quality regulation in the German water management” which has been awarded the Erhardt-Imelmann-prize of the University of Cologne, Professor Oelmann dealt for the first time with economic matters of network industries. In March 2011 he accepted a professorship for water and energy economics at the University of Applied Sciences Hochschule Ruhr West in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany.

In the course of his Master’s degree programme (M.Sc. Econ.) at the University of Munster, Benedikt Roters dealt much with network sectors. His focus, among other things, lies mostly on quantitative benchmarking processes, the estimation of infrastructural investments for regional growth processes, and the development of new pricing models across all network sectors. Since May 2014 he has been working as a research assistant of Prof. Dr. Mark Oelmann at the Hochschule Ruhr West. Here, he focuses on the development of innovative pricing models for wastewater disposal in connection with a LANUV research project.

Frau Freimuth

In addition to a profound theoretical education in economics at Durham University, UK (B.A. Economics) and University of Bonn (M.Sc. Economics), Claudia Freimuth has already gained comprehensive experience in consulting, research and administration. Water Economics has been one of her interests since working as a student assistant at the department “Water, Sewerage and Transport” at WIK-Consult GmbH. She has been directly involved in all steps of various water and sewerage projects. Subsequently, as a member of academic staff of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences for 3.5 years, she was engaged in several aspects of the development and establishment of the Faculty of Society and Economics. In October 2014 she joined FUTURE WATER at the University of Applied Sciences Hochschule Ruhr West. Since November 2017 she coordinates the Forschungskolleg FUTURE WATER at the University Duisburg-Essen