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Internationalization

Liaison Offices Transport Ruhr Area Research and Academic Strengths around the Globe

Since 2007, TU Dort­mund University, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen have been pooling their capabilities and expanding their in­ter­na­tio­nal connections in the University Alliance (UA) Ruhr: The three Ruhr region universities cooperate with universities and research institutions around the world and are active members of numerous networks. To promote in­ter­na­tio­nal exchange, UA Ruhr has established three liaison offices abroad. As early as 2004, it opened its first joint office in New York. In 2009, it added the liaison office in Moscow; in 2011, it opened a branch in São Paulo.

Three dark blue squares crossed by a white bent line and below the inscription "UA Ruhr" © UA Ruhr

The mission of these liaison offices is to expand research contacts between the University Alliance and universities abroad, to initiate and support joint study and teaching projects, such as summer schools or dual degree programs, as well as to organize academic meetings. In addition, the offices help keep in­ter­na­tio­nal universities and the scientific community abroad abreast of UA Ruhr’s outstanding innovations in research and teaching. Another objective is to foster personal bonds between friends and alumni, both amongst themselves and with the three Ruhr area universities.

TU Dort­mund University is in charge of the New York liaison office. Each summer, UA Ruhr runs a Transatlantic Fellowship Program for UA Ruhr students. The New York office organizes the program, which consists of a summer school, a “skills seminar” and a six-week internship. As Transatlantic Ruhr Fellows, students have the opportunity to gain insights into US corporate culture as well as practical work experience in the New York metropolitan area.

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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.