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Tatiana Leonova, Vice Rector at the National Research University for Nuclear Technology (MEPhI), and Prof. Insa Melle, Vice Rector of Studies at TU Dortmund University, signed a Memorandum of Understanding which strengthens and expands the cooperation between the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the TU Dortmund University and the Faculty of Nuclear Physics and Engineering of the MEPhI.

The liaison office in Russia celebrates its tenth anniversary with two new collaborations and a Science Day.

The tenth anniversary of the Moscow Liaison Office of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) was celebrated in the Russian capital. Together with Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, NRW Minister for Culture and Science, the 24 members of a delegation of the three UA Ruhr universities visited the city. TU Dortmund University and Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB)  signed cooperation agreements with partner universities on 8 April 2019. On the following day, the University of Duisburg-Essen and RUB hosted a Science Day together with further partners.

For Minister Pfeiffer-Poensgen, the anniversary was an occasion to get to know the work of the Liaison Office, cooperating scientists and university rectorats as well as the local partners. “I would like to congratulate you on ten years of Liaison Office Moscow and, above all, on what it is today: a beacon project for the internationalization of universities in North Rhine-Westphalia. As Minister of Science, I am delighted that the in­ter­na­tio­nal networking of North Rhine-Westphalian universities has been so successful. Because in order to further strengthen the state's science and research location, we need in­ter­na­tio­nal exchange,” she said.

Cooperation in the engineering sciences

At the National Research University for Nuclear Technology (MEPhI), the TU Dortmund University and the MEPhI signed a Memorandum of Understanding which strengthens and expands the cooperation between the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the TU Dortmund University and the Faculty of Nuclear Physics and Engineering of the MEPhI. “The agreement focuses on the exchange of students and researchers as well as joint teaching and research projects,” said Professor Insa Melle, Vice Rector of Studies at the TU Dortmund University, who signed the agreement. Cooperation with Russian partners has a long tradition at TU Dortmund University: since 2015 there has been a German-Russian Collaborative Research Centre in Physics and since the 1990s student exchanges have been maintained with the Southern Federal University, the former University of Rostov-on-Don.

Cooperation in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics

RUB has been cooperating with the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University) in Moscow at various levels for years - for example in philosophy, Slavic studies, mathematics and within the framework of the in­ter­na­tio­nal project “Network University” with the Goethe-Institut Moscow. Cooperation in economics and other sciences is in the offing. The various activities have now been combined in a cooperation agreement. The agreement was signed by Professor Yaroslav Kuzminov, Rector of HSE University, and Professor Axel Schölmerich, Rector of RUB, in the presence of Minister Pfeiffer-Poensgen.

Science Day: Wastewater and waste

Technologies for the treatment of wastewater and waste were the focus of the German-Russian Science Day on 9 April. The lecture and networking event presented application-oriented research topics of North Rhine-Westphalian universities. The aim was to find new Russian partners for future cooperation in the field of environmental technologies.

On site were scientists from the University of Duisburg-Essen, RUB, the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences and the Zenit Business Forum. Here they met colleagues from the National Research University Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU), the Nizhny Novgorod State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (NNSAGU) and the Federal Research Centre “Fundamentals of Biotechnology” of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The visit to Moscow also served to prepare a summer school for young Russian and German scientists in 2020, for which committed partners were sought.


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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.

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