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Stephan Hussmann in a white shirt and Barbara Welzel in a black jacket and a blue scarf sitting on a bench on the campus of TU Dortmund University © Felix Schmale/TU Dort­mund
Professor Stephan Hußmann, project manager of DoProfiL, and Professor Barbara Welzel, Prorector Diversity Management.

Once again, TU Dort­mund University has been successful in the nationwide funding program “Teacher Training Quality Campaign”: Along with other universities, it has now been awarded a grant for further funding from 2019 on. This means that the DoProfiL project – “Dort­mund Profile for Inclusion-Oriented Teacher Training” – can be continued until 2023. A total of around 5.7 million euros will go to TU Dort­mund University for this period.

TU Dort­mund University has received the go-ahead to continue the project “DoProfiL – Dort­mund Profile for Inclusion-Oriented Teacher Training”. The project, which – within the framework of the joint “Teacher Training Quality Campaign” of the Federal Government and the states (Länder) – has been supported out of funds of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research since 2016, was positively assessed in the interim review and recommended for the second funding phase of the quality campaign. TU Dort­mund University will receive further funding from mid-2019 until the end of 2023.

DoProfiL presented its broad spectrum of work already in summer 2018 with an anthology and a film. “We are proud that so many people – professors, doctoral students, postdocs and students – in Dort­mund are involved in shaping the future of teacher training for the changing demands of the present and future. The increasingly diverse society, for which future teachers must be carefully and reflectively trained, deserves particular mention. To this end, DoProfiL not only develops new teaching concepts but also conducts basic research,” said Professor Barbara Welzel, Prorector Diversity Management and co-manager of the project. 

“The success of the North Rhine-Westphalian universities confirms the high quality of teacher training in the state. With further funding, universities can continue their promising projects and further improve teacher education at a high level – especially in the important areas of inclusion and digitization,” said Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, NRW Minister of Culture and Science.

In the context of strategic change management, DoProfiL pursues the goal of increasing the overall quality of teacher training as well as profiling and optimizing it for the changed social requirements resulting from inclusion and the increasing perception of diversity. This is done in close cooperation with all key players involved in teacher training at TU Dort­mund University: (young) academics, as well as the Rectorate and the Teacher Training Center (DoKoLL). Inclusion orientation – related to diversity aspects in their entire breadth – thus becomes an integral part of teacher training. Yvonne Gebauer, NRW Minister of Education said: “Without well-trained teachers, excellent education is not possible. The ‘Teacher Training Quality Campaign’ strengthens the importance and effectiveness of teacher training in universities. This  serves as a basis for future teachers to address the key issues facing our schools in the future, such as how to deal with heterogeneity in schools and the opportunities and challenges associated with the digital transformation.”

The second funding phase offers the opportunity to broaden and intensify what has been achieved so far in three ways. On a structural level, the extension consists in the integration of all the teacher training departments of TU Dort­mund University. On the level of research and development, a thematic focus is aimed at specific aspects of diversity as well as at the four main topics “adaptive learning situations”, “cultural participation”, “video-based casework” and “inclusion-oriented subject-didactic development research”. In addition to theories and concepts, specific elements for inclusion-oriented teacher training are to be developed that can be used by university lecturers of all subjects in teaching. Finally, from a sustainability perspective, the research and development efforts are to be sustained through coherent concept and material development and design, institutionalized forms of communication and broad-based further qualification of university teachers in all subjects related to the teaching profession.

“This will enable us to further intensify our efforts to correlate theory and practice and to link research and teaching more closely,” said Professor Stephan Hußmann, project manager of DoProfiL.

TU Dort­mund University to begin second funding phase with DoProfiL

With the “ Teacher Training Quality Campaign”, the Federal Government and the states want to support and accelerate reforms in teacher training at universities. Up to 500 million euros have been allocated to fund teacher training projects from 2015 to 2018 (first funding phase) and are earmarked for the second funding phase from 2019 to 2023.

In June 2018, the Federal Government and the states also decided to provide additional funding of 64 million euros for the “Teacher Training Quality Campaign” focusing on “Digitization in Teacher Training” and/or “Teacher Training for Vocational Schools”.

For the first funding phase, TU Dort­mund University had raised around 5.7 million euros in funding for its DoProfiL project in 2015. On the basis of initial results, a nationwide academic committee has now decided on further funding from 2019 and evaluated the projects of the eight North Rhine-Westphalian universities positively, so that now another 40 million euros in funding shall flow into the project.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the university: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Universität S".

Dort­mund Airport offers flights to several destinations in Central Europe. There are regular connections to Katowice, Kraków, London and Munich. For the approximately 20km-trip from Dort­mund Airport to TU Dort­mund University, you can use a shuttle bus to the railway Station "Bahnhof Holzwickede", from which trains depart to Dort­mund main station (please visit Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr for more information). Normally, the fastest way is to catch a taxi at Dort­mund Airport.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.