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innovative and strong in all research disciplines

Research Profile of TU Dortmund University

TU Dortmund University is innovative and strong in all research disciplines. Numerous research awards and prizes, over 1000 third-party funded projects, international cooperations and large collaborative projects such as a Cluster of Excellence and 8 Collaborative Research Centers are proof of the research success of all of the University’s departments.

The research strength of TU Dortmund University is particularly distinguished in its five profile areas, in which the University has achieved outstanding international success beyond disciplinary boundaries:

  • From Elementary Particles to Products Along Value Added Networks
  • Innovations for Sustainability and Health
  • Data, Models and Simulations to Shape Our Future
  • Educational and Labor Worlds of Tomorrow
  • Society and Transformational Processes in the 21st Century

All research areas share the university spirit of cooperation, in which interdisciplinary communication and collaboration are not merely taught, but lived by. This interactive culture creates a unique research environment in which technological innovation, new methods and new knowledge are generated every day.

TU Dortmund University has strong partners: Four affiliated institutes from the Leibniz Association and the Fraunhofer Society, a Max Planck Institute, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences provide a strong environment for successful research in Dortmund. Moreover, in the University Alliance Ruhr, the Universities of Dortmund, Bochum and Duisburg-Essen work together and share synergies in research and teaching. Complementing local engagement, TU Dortmund University maintains a strong international network of renowned partner universities and research facilities.

TU Dortmund University is effective in the transfer of knowledge: it integrates the public in science and research and, as a multiple award-winning start-up university, supports the transfer into application. The neighboring Dortmund Technology Park is one of the largest and most successful in Europe. The INVITE research center, together with Bayer AG and Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, combines basic research and industrial expertise.

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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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