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First Certificates in Studium Oecologicum Issued

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Dr. Henning Moldenhauer presented the first certificate in the summer semester 2022 to Aileen Böcker.

The studium oecologicum certificate promotes interdisciplinary learning and work among students. Current crises show that today’s issues are complex, require perspectives from different disciplines and call for solution-oriented work. These exact future-focused skills are taught in studium oecologicum. The first certificate of the 2022 summer semester was presented to Aileen Böcker by Dr. Henning Moldenhauer from the Sustainability Office.

So far, over two semesters, around 160 students have signed up for the new additional qualification. On top of that, ten departments are participating by providing 30-40 classes every semester. This semester, the university will already see its first group of graduates of the course. Patrick Sobbe, Jan Heinrich, Lina Ellinghusen and Lisa Behm also completed the studium oecologicum course alongside Aileen Böcker. All participants are free to complete the course at their own pace.

Such a positive response is really motivating us to further expand the certificate”

Dr. Henning Moldenhauer from the Sustainability Office of TU Dortmund University is satisfied with the results: “I’m delighted that the studium oecologicum course has been so well received by the students, and that we’re able to issue the first certificates after just two semesters. The overwhelming positive feedback from the students shows that we have struck a nerve with this course and can fill a gap in our offering. Such a positive response is really motivating us to further expand the certificate.”

In addition to the basic course in the winter semester that was predominately scientific, this past summer semester was the first time a basic course focusing on education for sustainable development (ESD) was also offered. As of the coming winter semester, students will also be able to have courses of the University of Duisburg-Essen ESD certificate credited. In addition, the Sustainability Office has applied for central quality improvement funds, which will be used to establish a Development and Coordination Office.

About studium oecologicum

TU Dortmund University has been offering studium oecologicum for two semesters now. This is a certificate that TU students can complete as an additional qualification over the course of their studies. The interdisciplinary public lecture series “Climate: Change, Values, Science” or “Education for Sustainable Development” form the basic module, designed to convey various perspectives from different fields. In the five specialization modules – Education, Society, Science and Technology, Space and Construction, and Economy – the students can then delve into the subject-specific issues related to sustainability in more detail.

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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 South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). 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 North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus 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 15 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”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. 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 South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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