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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 faculties.

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.

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

  • Materials, Production Technology and Logistics,
  • Chemical Biology, Drug Research and Process Engineering,
  • Data Analysis, Modeling and Simulation
  • Education, Schooling and Inclusion.

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.

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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.