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Chronicle of TU Dortmund University


Impressions from the founding period

Overview of facts and figures

16 December 1968

In the presence of the Federal President Heinrich Lübke and many other guests of honor, the university is ceremoniously opened by Minister President Heinz Kühn.

1 April 1969

The first semester begins with the start of study and teaching in the Division of Chemistry. This is followed by mathematics and spatial planning (1969), chemical engineering and physics (1970), manufacturing engineering (1971, mechanical engineering since 1975), computer science, statistics and electrical engineering (1972), economics and social sciences (1973), and civil engineering (1974).

8 September 1969

Foundation of the Research Association for Occupational Physiology and Occupational Safety with headquarters in Dortmund, whose statutes stipulate the establishment of an Institute for Occupational Physiology (Institut für Arbeitsphysiologie, IfADo) at the University of Dortmund. Since 1 January 2009, the IfADo has been called “Leibniz Institute for Occupational Research at TU Dortmund University” (“Leibniz-Institut für Arbeitsforschung an der TU Dortmund”).


The cafeteria is opened and expanded five years later. Today, there are two cafeterias, seven restaurants, cafés and bistros on campus.

1 April 1974

The division of Chemical Engineering is the first division of the university to move into its new building on the main construction site, which is now the North Campus.

1 April 1976

President Prof. Dr. Erich te Kaat takes office.

8 June 1976

The cafeteria on the North Campus is opened for business.

July 1976

The University Library, founded back in 1965, moves into its new building at Vogelpothsweg 87.

April 1977

Lectures begin in the central lecture hall building II on the North Campus.


Prof. Willi Gundlach founds the university chamber choir.

1 October 1978

President Prof. Dr. Paul Velsinger begins his term of office.

Cafeteria menus

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 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 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 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”.

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