Albrecht Ehlers, born in 1957, has been Chancellor of TU Dortmund University since 2010. The Chancellor is responsible for budget management and university administration.
An attorney with an additional degree in employment law, Ehlers studied law and economics and received his law degree from the University of Münster. From 1984 to 1987, he was a research associate at the chair of Professor Dr. Peter Raisch, Company and Corporate Law at University Hagen and held various leadership positions in the private sector until 2009.
Albrecht Ehlers began his professional career in 1987 as an assistant to the Executive Board of Glunz AG / Sonae SA, a listed company and one of the leading manufacturers of wood-based materials in Europe. There, he was in charge of various administrative and operative tasks and also acquired an international perspective by working in the United States. In 1996, he was appointed to the Executive Board of Glunz AG (Vorstand) and served as its vice chairman as of 1998 (Stellvertretender Vorsitzender des Vorstands).
In 2000, Albrecht Ehlers moved to Hochtief AG, Essen, also a listed company and one of the world’s leading construction service providers to become a member of the Executive Board (Vorstand). During his time at Hochtief AG until 2009, his responsibilities included global human resources, central group administration, the insurance business of the group as well as the responsibility of Hochtief’s operative sectors Facility and Energy Management. Albrecht Ehlers left Hochtief in the course of the takeover of Hochtief by the Spanish Construction Company ACS.
In May 2010, Albrecht Ehlers assumed the position of Chancellor of TU Dortmund University. In December 2021, he was elected for a third term in office for four more years starting July 2022.
In addition of being CFO and head of the central university administration, Albrecht Ehlers is particularly involved in the fields of transfer and international affairs as well as sustainability. Since 2016, he has been a member of the Executive Board of TU Dortmund University’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Transfer as well as the chairman of the Supervisory Board of PROvendis, the agency marketing university patents in North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2012, he became a member of the Executive Board of the Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism and chairman of the Board of Directors of the UA Ruhr Liaison Office in New York. Also in 2012, he launched a task force on sustainability which he continues to chair until today. In 2018 Albrecht Ehlers became a member of the International Advisory Board of Texas A&M University, College Station.
Albrecht Ehlers is also a member of various Supervisory Boards of private and public enterprises and organizations in Germany and abroad.
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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”.