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Albrecht Ehlers

Portrait photo of Chancellor Albrecht Ehlers © Lutz Kampert

Albrecht Ehlers, born in 1957, has been Chancellor of TU Dort­mund University since 2010. He is in charge of finance (CFO) and the central administration including legal affairs, HR and real estate.

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 October 2017, he was unanimously elected for a second term in office starting July 2018.

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 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.