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TU Dort­mund University Awarded UNESCO Chair

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Porträtfoto von Prof. Thomas Schröder © Nikolas Golsch​/​TU Dort­mund
Professor Schröder moved from Tongji University (Shanghai) to the Faculty of Education, Psy-chology and Sociology at TU Dort­mund University in 2016.

Together with TU Dort­mund University, UNESCO has set up the “UNESCO Chair on TVET and Competence Development for the Future of Work”. Chair holder is Professor Thomas Schröder. This means that 13 UNESCO Chairs in Germany are now contributing to the implementation of the global Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

“The network of UNESCO Chairs unites brilliant minds throughout the world in order to develop sustainable and creative solutions for the challenges of our times,” says Professor Maria Böhmer, President of the German Commission for UNESCO. “It plays a key role in the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals by offering ideas, innovations and mutual support. I’m very pleased that the new UNESCO Chair is dedicated to technical and vocational education and training with an in­ter­na­tio­nal perspective and will contribute to enhancing the importance of this highly topical issue in the network.”

Approach helps implement Sustainable Development Goals

The Chair is responsible for the further development of technical and vocational education and training research as well as instruction for vocational teachers at national and in­ter­na­tio­nal level. It fosters practice-oriented dialogue between academia and politics in order to advance the development of vocational training systems worldwide. The Chair cooperates particularly closely with universities in East and Southeast Asia. Professor Schröder’s work is thus in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York in September 2015.

Reformed training systems thanks to transnational cooperation

“The award of the UNESCO Chair is an acknowledgement of TU Dort­mund University’s contribution so far to the study and development of in­ter­na­tio­nal technical and vocational education and training systems,” says Professor Thomas Schröder. “It also includes a mandate to continue this work, whereby we will also take into account the goals of the United Nations.” Professor Schröder moved from Tongji University (Shanghai) to the Faculty of Education, Psy­cho­lo­gy and Sociology at TU Dort­mund University in 2016. In East and Southeast Asia he set up a uni­ver­si­ty research platform and supported transnational research projects that led to reforms in the training of vocational teachers in Thailand and Laos as well as to the establishment of the Regional Association for Vocational Teacher Education in Asia.

Through their work, the UNESCO Chairs heighten cooperation with universities, other research institutions and social actors in countries of the Global South, in Germany and in Europe.


Over 750 UNESCO Chairs in more than 110 countries are working together in a global network to anchor the UNESCO’s goals in science and education. Germany hosts 13 UNESCO Chairs. They are characterized by excellent research and teaching in the UNESCO’s fields of activity. The principles of their work include in­ter­na­tio­nal networking, especially North-South and North-South-South, and the fostering of intercultural dialogue. UNESCO Chairs contribute worldwide to the creation, dissemination and use of knowledge for the advancement of sustainable development.

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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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