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Chronicle of TU Dortmund University


Impressions from the 1990s

Overview of facts and figures

19 September 1989

Dr. Klaus Anderbrügge becomes chancellor of the University of Dortmund.

21 March 1990

Founding of the Research Association for Gerontology. This is accompanied by the founding of the Institute for Gerontology at TU Dortmund University.

30 April 1990

President Prof. Dr. Detlef Müller-Böling takes office.

16 December 1991

For the first time, the university honors outstanding members of the university and friends of the university with the newly created university medal.


Founding of windo e.V., the network of university and non-university science and research institutions in Dortmund. windo e.V. now has more than 20 members. The chairwoman of the association is the president of TU Dortmund University.

3 February 1993

The Institute for Spectrochemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (today: Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences - ISAS - e.V.) is affiliated with the University of Dortmund.

17 December 1993

Ceremony in the Opera House on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the opening of the University of Dortmund.

30 April 1994

Inauguration of President Prof. Dr. Albert Klein.

13 October 1994

The Center for Synchrotron Radiation (Dortmund Electron Test Storage Ring facility, DELTA), which will be used for research into synchrotron radiation, is opened.

8 December 1994

Festive concert for the opening of the Audimax, which is the largest lecture hall at the university and seats 735 people.


The University awards the first Rudolf Chaudoire Prizes to highly qualified young scientists. The generous funds to support research stays abroad are provided by the foundation of the same name in the will of Rudolf Chaudoire, an industrialist based in the Ruhr area.

15 April 1996

Dorothee Dzwonnek becomes chancellor of the University of Dortmund.


The Gambrinus Forum takes place for the first time.

1 January 1997

The Collaborative Research Center “Design and Management of Complex Technical Processes and Systems with Methods of Computational Intelligence” (CRC 531) is established.

15 April 1997

The University awards the Martin Schmeißer Medal for the first time to promote international relations in research and teaching.

23 April 1997

The university awards its dissertation prizes for the first time.

1 July 1997

The Collaborative Research Center “Complexity Reduction in Multivariate Data Structures” (CRC 475) is established.

18 July 1997

The „Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft“ in Germany honors the University of Dortmund as one of six German “reform universities”.

1 January 1998

The Social Academy Dortmund, founded in 1947, becomes part of the University of Dortmund and is integrated as a new Center for Continuing Education (today: Division of Further Education in the Center for Higher Education).

1 July 1998

The Collaborative Research Center “Modeling of Large Networks in Logistics” (CRC 559) is established.

16 December 1998

The university celebrates the 30th anniversary of its opening with a ceremony in the Audimax.

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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 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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