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Chronicle of TU Dortmund University


TU Dortmund University in the new millennium

Overview of facts and figures

26 April 1999

„elDOradio”, the campus radio station of the University of Dortmund operated by a training editorial team of the journalism course, starts its regular program.


The University of Dortmund defines its research priorities in a strategy process, initially called “research ties” (today: profile areas).

1 October 2001

Dr. Roland Kischkel becomes chancellor of University of Dortmund.


In the Dortmund Center for Disability and Studies (DoBuS), the commitment for students with disabilities is consolidated. It goes back to a self-help group founded as early as 1977 (today: Division of Disability and Studies in the Center of Higher Education).

1 October 2001

The first Bachelor’s/Master’s program starts at the Department of Cultural Studies.

14 October 2002

For the first time, the University of Dortmund welcomes its new students at the start of the semester in Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion (today: SIGNAL IDUNA PARK).

30 April 2002

President Prof. Dr. Eberhard Becker takes office.

1 January 2003

The Collaborative Research Center/Transregional Collaborative Research Center “Integration of Forming, Cutting and Joining for the Flexible Manufacturing of Lightweight Structures” (CRC/TR 10) is established.

23 January 2004

The University of Dortmund awards an honorary doctorate to Federal President Johannes Rau for his services in establishing the University of Dortmund and setting up the Dortmund Model Civil Engineering.

3 November 2004

Together with the Ruhr Area universities of Bochum and Duisburg Essen, the University of Dortmund opens the “ConRuhr” liaison office in New York (today: UA Ruhr Liaison Office).

8 September 2005

The Forschungsinstitut Technologie-Behindertenhilfe (FTB) in Wetter / Ruhr becomes an affiliated institute of the University of Dortmund.

6 April 2006

The NRW state government decides to reorganize the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen (KWI) as a joint institution of the Ruhr University Bochum, the University of Dortmund and the University of Duisburg-Essen.

14 July 2006

The Collaborative Research Center “Design of intralogistics systems to meet demand - Logistics on Demand” (CRC 696) is established.

19 September 2006

The state government decides to integrate the Social Research Center Dortmund into the University of Dortmund.

1 January 2017

The Collaborative Research Center “3D-Surface Engineering for Tool Systems in Sheet Metal Parts Manufacturing - Generation, Modeling, Machining” (CRC 708) is established.

12 March 2007

Together with the neighboring universities of Bochum and Duisburg-Essen, the University of Dortmund founds the “University Alliance Metropole Ruhr” (today: UA Ruhr).

18 October 2007

The Senate adopts a new constitution. In doing so, it also decides to change the name to “Technische Universität Dortmund” (“TU Dortmund University”). The basic regulations come into force on 1 November 2007.

1 October 2007

All degree programs have been converted to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

15 December 2007

The University Council is constituted as the new highest governing body of the university.

30 June 2008

TU Dortmund University receives the “audit beruf und familie” certificate as a family-friendly university.

1 September 2008

Inauguration of President Prof. Dr. Ursula Gather.

12 December 2008

The Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia commissions the Institute of Journalism at TU Dortmund University to set up a television station to develop and operate a training and test channel for NRW and to reshape citizens’ television in NRW (today: nrwision).

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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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