With 6,200 employees, TU Dortmund University is one of Dortmund's largest employers. It has done much to help transform the city and the Ruhr region into a high-tech and service hub and a cultural metropolis. In direct vicinity to the campus, two high tech centers, the TechnologieZentrumDortmund and Europe's largest technology park, successfully transform research ideas into industrial and business formats.
Students and scientists benefit greatly from TU Dortmund University’s active relationships with its neighbors in the region and with partners around the world. One out of every ten students comes from abroad. The university also welcomes around 190 exchange students each year who study German language and culture as well as subjects in their major areas of interest.
International students are perceived as making a strong contribution to campus life and are very welcome and well taken care of, as special orientation programs and activities are offered for them. A special emphasis is put on the contact with North America: under the label “UA Ruhr” the three Ruhr universities opened its first liaison office in New York in 2004. Other offices in Moscow and Sao Paulo/Rio de Janeiro followed. Furthermore, the individual faculties also have their own cooperation agreements and programs and/or are members of an international university networks.
Dortmund has a lively and versatile cultural life and a million ways to spend your time. Whether it is the opera, road shows, treasures of the Middle Ages or economic history – you name it, Dortmund has got it. The Ruhr Area has something to cater for every taste. Dortmund is a city of cultural energy and variety. Embedded in the Europe's largest arts & cultural landscape - in the Ruhr, that is - Dortmund's arts & culture scene is a byword for dynamism and innovation. Dortmund sees such energy as an opportunity and is shaping up as a center of music and art. Nearly half the municipal territory consists of waterways, woodland, agriculture and green spaces. Spacious parks - Westfalenpark, for example - invite you to go for a jog or tarry awhile on a bench. Dortmund has a world-wide reputation for professional sport. But there is a whole range of sports for the enthusiastic "amateur". The Signal-Iduna-Park (DE), home to the seven-time German football champion Borussia Dortmund, is only a stone’s throw away from the Westfalenhallen. As one of the most modern stadiums of the Bundesliga (the German national league), it can accommodate more than 80,000 people. Every fall it turns into Dortmund’s largest lecture hall, as the university rector traditionally welcomes the new students in Borussia Dortmund's home stadium.