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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.

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