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Chronicle of TU Dortmund University


The university grows

Overview of facts and figures

21 February 1979

First meeting of the Joint Organizational Commission, which has the task of preparing the merging of the Pädagogische Hochschule Ruhr with the University of Dortmund.


The first collaborative research center (CRC 11 “Material flow systems for unit loads”) of the University of Dortmund is established in the division of Mechanical Engineering.

Reinold Knümann, head of the State Building Department, transforms the first machine part into art on campus with the red-painted gear wheel from a decommissioned production plant.

The senior studies program starts as a model trial. Men and women over the age of 50 can complete the program in five semesters, which is designed in particular to prepare them for voluntary work.

1 April 1980

The Pedagogical Institute of Higher Education Ruhr is incorporated into the University of Dortmund.

1 January 1981

The Fraunhofer Society establishes the Institute for Transport Technology and Goods Distribution (Institut für Transporttechnik und Warendistribution), since 1992: Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (Fraunhofer-Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik) on campus.

14 June 1982

The International Guest House at Baroper Straße 233 - today: Helmut-Keunecke-Haus - built by the Association of Friends of the University of Dortmund is ceremoniously handed over.


A student project – a Unix computer (unido) – is the backbone of the German access to the EUnet, the forerunner of the international Internet.

2 May 1984

Opening of the H-Bahn, the first automated mass transit system in the Federal Republic of Germany to connect the North Campus and the South Campus.


The first campus run takes place.

The international degree program SPRING “Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies” starts as a certificate program.

The “Innovation Promotion and Technology Transfer Center“ (“Innovationsförderungs- und Technologietransferzentrum”) introduced as a pilot project at the universities of the Ruhr region is permanently established as the “Transfer Office of the University Dortmund” (“Transferstelle der Universität Dortmund”).


The Collaborative Research Center “Manufacturing of Coated Screw Rotors” (CRC 316) is established.

At the first “Campus Cantat”, international musicians rehearse for a week on the initiative of Prof. Willi Gundlach for the joint final performance.

6 May 1985

Das Tech­no­lo­gie­Zen­trum­Dort­mund next to the university campus is ceremoniously opened.


The German Network Information Center (Deutsches Network Information Center, DENIC), which has its origins in the University of Dortmund’s computer operations group, issues the first .de domains. One of the first three domains in Germany is:


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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