There’s a lot happening on the campus of TU Dortmund University throughout the year – and that’s not just in the break between two lectures or during the lunchtime run to the cafeteria.
Each year in May, over a thousand runners lace up their shoes for the Campus Run and sprint past the Math Tower, while a few stalwart participants scale its 220 steps in record time. Like the Campus Run, the Summer Festival, which always takes place at the beginning of July, also attracts countless visitors to the area between Martin-Schmeißer-Platz and Emil-Figge-Straße 50. Central institutions, faculties and departments present their own fascinating or unusual things and invite visitors to join in. On the Mensa bridge, international students offer delicacies from their home countries, taking their guests on a culinary journey around the world in the process. Numerous groups and music ensembles see to the necessary party mood.
From the campus to the city
There’s a lot on offer away from the campus too: TU Dortmund University can’t miss the DORTBUNT city festival, which takes place once a year in Dortmund’s city center. It’s here that the University showcases itself to the local population in all its facets – with contributions from science, music, technology and sport. Exciting activities invite young and old to learn something new, watch, and join in. In addition, exhibitions staged by students and teaching staff from TU Dortmund University are regularly on display on the university floor of the “Dortmunder U” Center for Arts and Creativity.
The picture galleries give an impression of past events.
30 projects with an international dimension were presented at TU Dortmund University on 27 January in the framework of the first “Global Gallery”. The three best initiatives – a student project on climate justice in Brazil, the “Engineers Without Borders Challenge”, and a research project concerned with sport in refugee camps –were all pleased to receive a prize of € 1,500 each.
Around 1,000 guests came together in the main lecture hall on 16 December to celebrate the Annual Academic Celebration of TU Dortmund University. In keeping with tradition, a large number of prizes were awarded – for excellent theses and doctoral dissertations as well as for outstanding contributions to teaching and campus life. Professor Ursula Gather, Rector, looked back on a successful 2019 for TU Dortmund University.
The “TRADIGITAL” exhibition was on display at the “Dortmunder U” center for arts and creativity for several weeks. The different, mostly cross-media objects are among the research results produced by the “Malerei, Digital & Expanded Painting” group at the Department of Art and Material Culture of TU Dortmund University.
In longstanding tradition, around 1,000 visitors took advantage of the opportunity to get to know TU Dortmund University more closely in the framework of tours, exhibitions and various hands-on activities. The University also presented its academic and administrative institutions. Through many different as well as topical themes to do with digitalization and artificial intelligence, the University showed that it is both versatile and future-oriented.
Something very special was on view at the “Dortmunder U” center for art and creativity: Yoko Ono has made available her work of art first exhibited in Thessaloniki to the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism (EBI) at TU Dortmund University. Through this gesture, the artist, who is also a peace campaigner and human rights activist, wants to encourage the international dialogue on migration and flight.
Around 5,400 new students have enrolled at TU Dortmund University for the 2019/2020 winter semester. The University welcomed a large number of them at its traditional welcome reception for first-semester students in SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. The students not only learned lots of things worth knowing about the University and the city, there was also musical entertainment and great prizes to win.
This year, over 100 graduates who had completed their degree in 2018/2019 took part in the annual graduation ceremony for teacher training students at TU Dortmund University. The six students with the best master’s degrees in the respective school categories were awarded the “Best of Year Prize” by the Bernd Jochheim Foundation. Musical entertainment was provided by the band “Seven Teeth”, whose members are former teacher training students.
Towards the end of the summer semester, art students from TU Dortmund University presented their impressive creative prowess at an exhibition on the university floor of the “Dortmunder U”. As in past years, Professor Ursula Gather, Rector of TU Dortmund University, honored the best compositions in the spheres of painting, photography, graphic arts and sculpture at the opening of this year’s “Art Tour” too.
On a beautiful sunny day, students, staff and guests together enjoyed the traditional summer festival on the campus of TU Dortmund University.
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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.