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TU Dortmund University Welcomes Ruhr Fellows

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Group photo in front of the International Meeting Center © Martina Hengesbach​/​TU Dortmund
Professor Tessa Flatten, Vice President International Affairs, together with Miriam Gothe and Laura Werse from the International Office (back row, from right) welcome the participants of the Ruhr Fellowship Program to TU Dortmund University.

After a two-year break, the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) is once again able to welcome students from elite American universities in the framework of the Ruhr Fellowship Program. The program enables its participants to get to know the Ruhr region from an academic, economic and cultural perspective. To launch their visit, Professor Tessa Flatten, Vice President International Affairs, and Miriam Gothe from the International Office welcomed the Ruhr Fellows on 2 June at the International Meeting Center of TU Dortmund University.

For the fourth time already, the program, which the three UA Ruhr universities (Dortmund, Bochum and Duisburg-Essen) have organized alternately since 2012 in cooperation with companies in the region and sponsors, is taking place this year under the leadership of TU Dortmund University. The aim is to present the Ruhr region as a region with a high quality of life to future professionals and to strengthen international networking.

At the start of the two-month program, TU Dortmund University welcomed the seven participants, who in their home country attend either Yale, Lehigh or Harvard University, at the International Meeting Center. “We’re happy that the Ruhr Fellowship Program can finally take place in person again after a two-year break and that you will have the opportunity over the next two months to get to know the Ruhr region better,” said Professor Tessa Flatten, Vice President International Affairs. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the program was cancelled in 2020 and held in a virtual format in 2021.

Summer school and internship

The eight-week summer program is taking place from 1 June to 31 July and comprises two phases. During the two-week summer school, which includes, among others, a language course and cultural studies lectures by Professor Walter Grünzweig and Dr. Julia Sattler from the field of American Literature and Culture at TU Dortmund University, the Ruhr Fellows should primarily gain cultural and academic impressions of the Ruhr region. Here, the program includes, among others, visits to the Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer and the Institute of Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics at TU Dortmund University, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), the ruhrSUMMIT conference as well as the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex and Essen Philharmonic Hall. The American students will then complete a six-week internship at participating organisations. This year, these include KPMG, DEW21, e. V., Emschergenossenschaft/Lippeverband, the Institute of Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics at TU Dortmund University, the Center for Logistics and Traffic of the University of Duisburg-Essen, and Westnetz.

Establishing contacts for the future

One objective of the Ruhr Fellowship Program is to establish long-term contacts for research and business partnerships between the Ruhr region and the elite US universities. To this end, the participants are closely integrated into the alumni network of UA Ruhr’s liaison office in New York. Some US scholarship holders return later to the Ruhr region to build their professional future here.

This year’s Ruhr Fellowship Program is funded by the Max Kade Foundation and the Economic Development Agency Dortmund.

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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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