Since its foundation 52 years ago, one of the core tasks of TU Dortmund University has been to put knowledge and technologies into practice. This transfer takes place nearby in one of the largest technology parks Europe-wide, with over 300 enterprises and about 10,000 employees.
Strategic networking and collaboration with a large number of external partners makes it possible for us to bring our strengths into play and together develop potential on a continuous basis. Here, a variety of possible cooperation models are in use and different types of projects implemented. In this context, TU Dortmund University works together with external partners both within publicly funded collaborative projects as well as in contract research. Examples of such often interdisciplinary collaborative research are found in many projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research or within ZIM, the Central Innovation Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). TU Dortmund University is additionally involved in several joint ventures, such as INVITE GmbH, a public-private partnership between the university, Bayer Technology Services GmbH and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.
Such an alliance with external partners within the framework of a company fosters the partners’ research activities and creates synergies that cannot be achieved solely by working together on an informal basis.
TU Dortmund University is also open to other forms of collaboration with external partners. Thus, for example, there are partnerships with companies for the setting up of endowed professorships or foundations that support research and teaching in specific fields. Apart from this, purely non-material support from a company can also be enriching. With other scientific institutions in Dortmund too, networking and collaboration do not exist just on paper but are instead normal practice within windo e. V., the network of university and non-university science and research institutions in Dortmund.
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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 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”.
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”.