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New Mentoring Program Launched for International Students

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Illustration einer Mindmap mit den Wörtern Tandem, Job, Mentoring in der Mitte © Referat Inter­natio­nales​/​TU Dort­mund
Mentors support in­ter­na­tio­nal students entering the German job market.

The new mentoring program Tandem2Job developed by the International Office supports in­ter­na­tio­nal students as they enter the German job market. Experienced professionals from re­nowned companies in the region act as mentors in one-to-one sessions and give their mentees insights into the world of work over a period of six months, in an effort to make the transition from uni­ver­si­ty to their new careers as smooth as possible. The program was launched on 19 May with a di­gi­tal kick-off event.

The in­ter­na­tio­nal and intercultural nature of the new Tandem2Job mentoring program is what truly sets it apart. Most of the mentors are alumni of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity, some of whom have an in­ter­na­tio­nal background themselves or have worked all over the world for many years. They work for re­nowned companies in the energy, pharmaceutical and chemical sectors, the automotive industry, electrical engineering, and other branches of the economy. The mentees are in­ter­na­tio­nal master’s or advanced bachelor’s students who are planning their entry into the German job market. As a group, the participants have already lived, studied or worked on almost every continent on earth.

Passing down knowledge and experience

“These tandem sessions give the mentees a unique opportunity to reflect on their personal career concerns with someone who has professional experience. The high number of applicants to the program has shown us that we are on the right track with this service and that there is a great deal of demand,” says Dr. Barbara Schneider, Head of the International Office, who is grateful to the mentors for their willingness to pass down their knowledge and experience: “Without the commitment of experienced professionals, we would not be able to offer such attractive services to our in­ter­na­tio­nal students. We are certain that both mentees and mentors will ben­efit from the intercultural exchange.”

The one-to-one discussions between mentees and mentors – supervised by the program coordinators – take place over a period of around six months. To allow for peer-to-peer mentoring, the program also aims to have the mentees support each other and exchange experiences.

Pharus Project at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity

The new Tandem2Job mentoring program set up by the International Office is part of the Pharus Project at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity, which is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The aim of the proj­ect is to develop new, in­no­va­ti­ve formats to ensure the academic success of various target groups and to support them on their journey to securing highly qualified employment on the German job market. In addition to Tandem2Job, the International Office offers other career development options, such as the in­ter­na­tio­nal career fair.

Further in­for­mation (in German)


Contact persons for further in­for­mation:

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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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