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Farewell to Professor Ursula Gather after twelve successful years

Manfred Bayer Takes Office as Rector of TU Dort­mund University

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Prof. Ursula Gather hands over a key to Prof. Manfred Bayer. © Oliver Schaper​/​TU Dort­mund
Professor Ursula Gather (right) has handed over the keys to the Rectorate office to the new Rector of TU Dort­mund University, Professor Manfred Bayer.

Change at the top of TU Dort­mund University: Professor Manfred Bayer takes over as Rector of the University on 1 September. He succeeds Professor Ursula Gather, who led TU Dort­mund University over two terms of office for twelve years. She retires after 34 years as a professor at TU Dort­mund University.

Professor Manfred Bayer was elected as the new Rector by an overwhelming majority at the University Elective Assembly on 24 April. Before that, the internationally renowned scientist had taught and researched at the Faculty of Physics of TU Dort­mund University for 18 years. In addition, he was Chairman of the University Senate from 2008 to 2019.

The new Rector intends to continue the successful work of his predecessor. One of his goals is to further improve the conditions for students, especially the faculty/student ratio, i.e. the ratio of students to teaching staff. During Professor Gather’s term of office, the number of students has risen from 22,000 to more than 34,000 – a nationwide trend due to the double cohort of A-level achievers and an increasing willingness to study among the younger generation.

Strengthening in­ter­na­tio­nal orientation and regional cooperation

Professor Bayer also wants to further increase chances of academic success. For this goal, he is considering to introduce a “zero” semester. The new Rector wants to give the uni­ver­si­ty an even more in­ter­na­tio­nal orientation, but also expand regional cooperation – for example with the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FH Dort­mund University of Applied Sciences and Arts and among the partner universities of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr). He also wants to further ease the shortage of space at the uni­ver­si­ty. It is also important, he states, to acquire third-party funding from new funding programs in certain areas to be able to keep up with the competition in research.

With her re-election in 2015 and a total of twelve years in office, outgoing Rector Professor Gather has had a significant impact on TU Dort­mund University: A total of 228 new professors were appointed at TU Dort­mund University during her term of office from September 2008 till today. She appointed three of five professors currently working here. In order to create the best possible conditions for teaching, studies and research, the Rectorate developed a model for a needs-based and performance-oriented distribution of financial resources to the faculties. Beyond this, TU Dort­mund University joined the top group of young universities in Germany:  Until its 50th birthday in 2018, the uni­ver­si­ty was ranked third nationwide in the QS ranking “Top 50 under 50”. 

One particular concern of Gather was the perception of the city of Dort­mund and the entire Ruhr area as a strong science region. She received several awards for this commitment, including the title “Citizen of the Ruhr Area” in 2014.

Key officially handed over

“I am very pleased to be able to hand over the office of Rector to such an experienced colleague”, she said at the official handover of the keys to the Rectorate office. “I wish you, dear Manfred, best of luck and success at all times.” Chancellor Albrecht Ehlers joined in the congratulations: “I have already worked very well with Mr. Bayer in his function as Chairman of the University Senate. I am very much looking forward to continuing the pleasant and fruitful cooperation with him in this new constellation.”

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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".

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 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.

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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