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Two New Graduate Schools for UA Ruhr

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Four doctoral caps thrown into the air © Jürgen Huhn/TU Dort­mund
The Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) will sponsor two new graduate schools within the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) from January 2020 onwards.

With funds totaling over € 1 million, the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) will sponsor two new graduate schools within the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) from January 2020 onwards. In the field of medical physics, TU Dort­mund University will create new opportunities for doctoral studies in cooperation with the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). At the interface between political science and philosophy, TU Dort­mund University will work together with Ruhr University Bochum (RUB).

“High-precision Particle Therapy – Practice-based Physics and Chemistry at the Interface with Medicine” is the name of the new graduate school led by physics professor Kevin Kröninger from Dort­mund. In the future, early career researchers will be able to undertake doctoral studies here at the interface between physics, chemistry, and medicine. The doctoral researchers will work on the promising field of proton therapy, a special type of radiotherapy where a beam of positively charged particles (protons) releases its radiation energy with a high degree of precision in the tumor tissue and destroys it. Research in the graduate school should contribute to achieving even greater precision.

The graduate school will profit from local advantages and synergies: For example, the Faculty of Physics at TU Dort­mund University offers an innovative “Medical Physics” degree program and the West German Proton Therapy Center Essen (WPE) of Essen University Hospital gives doctoral researchers access to one of the few proton therapy centers in Germany. The third partner in the graduate school is the UDE’s Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE) with its expertise in the preparation of nanoparticles. Also involved in the graduate school alongside Professor Kröninger of TU Dort­mund University are Professor Stephan Barcikowski (CENIDE and UDE), Professor Bernhard Spaan (TU Dort­mund University) and Professor Beate Timmermann (WPE and UDE). MERCUR funding amounts to around € 590,000 for three years.

Investigating political cohesion

“Graduate School on Political Cohesion” is the name of the second new graduate school, which brings together the expertise of RUB and TU Dort­mund University in an in­ter­na­tio­nal field of research at the interface between philosophy and political science: The intention is for the doctoral researchers to investigate the dimensions of political cohesion as the precondition for social and in­ter­na­tio­nal cooperation as well as its outcome. In this context, they are looking at cohesion between political stakeholders (such as societies, states and non-state players). Doctoral projects should throw light on the following four dimensions: Justice, identity, participation and security.

Both universities already run research-based master’s degree programs in this field: “Philosophy and Political Science” (MAPP) in Dort­mund and “Ethics, Economics, Law and Politics” (EELP) as well as the social science master’s program “Globalization, Transnationalization and Governance” (GTG) in Bochum. The spokespersons for the new graduate school rotate and are Professor Corinna Mieth (RUB), Professor Christian Neuhäuser (TU Dort­mund University), Professor Stefan A. Schirm (RUB) and Professor Christoph Schuck (TU Dort­mund University). MERCUR funding amounts to around € 550,000 for three years.


About the University Alliance Ruhr

Under the motto “Better Together”, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dort­mund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen have joined together to form the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr). Since 2007, the three major universities in the Ruhr region have been pooling their expertise and thus strengthening their capabilities.

The statistics of the UA Ruhr give an impression of the shared diversity and strength: more than 120,000 young people study, conduct research and work together in a network encompassing a subject spectrum ranging from engineering and natural sciences to the humanities, social sciences and medicine. The UA Ruhr thus makes the Ruhr region one of the strongest science locations in Germany.

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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.