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International reception 2018 for students from all over the world at TU Dort­mund University

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Prof. Ursula Gather, rector of TU Dort­mund University, and Dr. Barbara Schneider, head of the International Office (right), presented the DAAD prize to Komay Saimouaa (holding the TU logo)

Professor Ursula Gather, rector of TU Dort­mund University, and Dr. Barbara Schneider, head of the International Office, welcomed the first-year in­ter­na­tio­nal students to TU Dort­mund University on Tuesday, November 6th, at the International Reception. The Syrian student Komay Saimouaa was also awarded the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Prize. In addition, prize winners of the film competition “Why TU Dort­mund University?” and the ideas competition “Designing Diversity Together” were presented awards at the International Reception. International alumni who were able to come to Dort­mund for the International Week due to grants from the Martin Schmeißer Foundation spoke in a panel discussion.

About one in eleven of the approximately 34,500 students at TU Dort­mund University is an in­ter­na­tio­nal student. Rector Ursula Gather reported in her welcoming address that 689 students come from Turkey, 665 from China and 274 from Syria. The group of students from India – there are currently 122 – has been increasing since a number of Master's programs are conducted in English.

Laudatory address for Komay Saimouaa

In her laudatory address for the DAAD award winner Komay Saimouaa, Professor Gather paid tribute to a young man who – although he had to flee from his homeland Syria – not only found the strength to successfully study computer science at TU Dort­mund University, but also volunteered at the same time in a sponsorship program for in­ter­na­tio­nal students at the faculty. The 25-year-old is an integration ambassador for the Maltese Emergency Service Dort­mund and is a member of the Association for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) for various projects in Dort­mund.

The award ceremony for the film and ideas competition was the second focus of the International Reception. Former Rector Professor Detlef Müller-Böling, in his capacity as chairman of the association “Education Angels –  Initiative for Equal Opportunities through Education“, did not miss the honor of presenting the awards to the winners of the ideas competition “Designing Diversity Together”. The association donated a total of 20,000 euros as a birthday present for the 50th anniversary of TU Dort­mund University. The awards went to

  • Dr. Peter Furlan, Dr. Meni Syrou and Dr. Carsten Martin of the Faculty of Mathematics and the Center for Higher Education (zhb) – Research Area Foreign Languages for the project “E-Learning for Specialist Terminology – German for Mathematicians“ (prize money: 5,000 euros)
  • Pia Kluth and Norbert Gövert from the University Library for the project “Village Square of Diversity” (prize money: 850 euros)
  • Christoph Teichmann, Frigga Göckede and Anna Lena Gurski of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering for the project “Promotion of Interculturalism in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering” (prize money: 5,000 euros)
  • Dr. Beate Bollig of the Faculty of Computer Science for the project “Mentoring Program in the Introductory Phase of Studies” (prize money: 3,600 euros)
  • And finally to senior students of TU Dort­mund University and university partners for the “Sponsorship Project between Senior Students and International Students” (prize money: 3,000 euros)

In the film competition announced by the International Office on the occasion of the anniversary year 2018 Max Schlickewei (prize money: 500 Euro) took first place, Malte Beran Kosan (prize money: 300 Euro) second place and Deniz Kideys third place (prize money: 200 Euro).

More than 3,976 people from all over the world are enrolled at TU Dort­mund University this winter semester. The reception also serves as an exchange between in­ter­na­tio­nal students and their German fellow students and between academia and the city of 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 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.