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TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity Funds HoKiDo Expansion

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A group of children playing with a kindergarden teacher. © Aliona Kardash​/​TU Dort­mund
The new childcare group includes 20 places.

In early Au­gust, HoKiDo put a 130-square-meter expansion, financed by TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity, into operation. This made it possible for the on-campus daycare center to introduce a new childcare group with 20 places. With this expansion, TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is strengthening the range of care services available on campus and helping people strike a better balance between their studies, re­search, work and family. In addition to this, the uni­ver­si­ty also provided new kitchen appliances, toys and playground equipment for the outdoor area.

The parent initiative HoKiDo e.V. has been running a daycare center on the uni­ver­si­ty campus since 2011. TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity financed an expansion to the facility, which began operating in early Au­gust, in an effort to meet the increasing demand for childcare places and promote Dort­mund as a center for re­search by facilitating a better work-life balance. “As a parent initiative, we are delighted that we can now offer childcare to even more parents,” says Dr. Thomas Terfrüchte, HoKiDo chairman and academic staff member at the Department of Spatial Planning. The new childcare group has 20 places, meaning 80 children now attend the daycare center on campus.

The demand for these new daycare places was so high that all places for the 2021/2022 kindergarten year have already been taken. “The proximity to the campus and the flexible hours make HoKiDo particularly appealing to uni­ver­si­ty mem­bers,” explains Katja Kißler from TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity Family Services. The 80 children are cared for in five core groups. These serve as a kind of home base for the children within the open concept of the daycare center – although they spend most of the day mixing with the other groups.

Large wooden pirate ship

In addition to two new rooms where the children can play pretend and slip into various roles, the expansion also provides space for a new child-friendly bathroom and an office. On top of all that, the support provided by TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity made it possible to purchase new appliances for the kitchen as well as new toys. Not only that, but the center’s outdoor area was also expanded to give the children a very special playtime experience. They now have a large wooden pirate ship, a climbing frame and other playground equipment that they can use to let off some steam. “The children are very energetic and love the pirate ship. Whenever it’s time to go outside, the ship gets ‘hijacked’ very quickly. It lets them experience real adventures,” says Kirstin Simic, leader of the new childcare group. “And thanks to the extension, the children now have even more space to let loose, play with each other or even enjoy some alone time.”

Highlights from the expansion and the pirate ship

Contact for further in­for­mation:

Petra Rettig-Reinold
Management HoKiDo
Tel.: 0231 75 77 1

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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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