From ideas to plans - The path to TU Dortmund University
Overview of facts and figures
At the opening of the Royal School of Mechanical Engineering Dortmund a technical a institution of higher education is discussed for the first time.
3 April 1900
The Dortmund magistrate suggests that a technical institution of higher education should be founded in Dortmund. The Mining Association, the Association of German Ironworkers, the Upper Mining Office and the Chamber of Commerce subsequently support the project.
21 January 1908
The city applies to the Prussian government for the establishment of a technical institution of higher education. The government refers to the priority of developing and building other institutions of higher education.
Renewed initiative by Dortmund to establish a technical institution of higher education, which is rejected by the government as too costly.
The city argues for the establishment of a technical institution of higher education, first to the British military government, then to the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia. The plan is subsequently supported again by representatives of business as well as science.
10 February 1958
Foundation of the Association of Friends of a Technical Institution of Higher Education which is later renamed the Association of Friends of TU Dortmund University.
12 June 1962
The state government decides to establish a technical institution of higher education in Dortmund.
30 May 1964
The advising founding committee is constituted.
26 May 1965
The state government decides to establish the new higher education institution as a university.
1 June 1965
Foundation of the University Library.
14 July 1965
Construction work begins on the Structure and Disposition Center (Aufbau- und Verfügungszentrum, AVZ; today: South Campus).
26 May 1966
Minister President Dr. Franz Meyers lays the foundation stone for the University of Dortmund.
16 September 1968
Prof. Dr. Martin Schmeißer is appointed president of the University of Dortmund, having performed the duties of the founding president since 1965. Dr. Heribert Röken becomes the university’s first chancellor.
From the Pedagogical Academy (Pädagogische Akademie) to the Pedagogical Institution of Higher Education Ruhr (Pädagogische Hochschule Ruhr).
1 June 1929
Prussian Minister of Education Dr. Carl Heinrich Becker opens the protestant Pedagogical Academy (evangelische Pädagogische Akademie). It is temporarily housed in the former district administration office at Luisenstrasse 11. The first director of the academy is Prof. Dr. Kurt Körber. 61 students are enrolled.
4 October 1930
The new building of the Pedagogical Academy at Hindenburgdamm (today: Rheinlanddamm) is ceremoniously inaugurated.
The Pedagogical Academy is transformed into a teacher training institution of higher education. In the following period, the educational curriculum is changed in the National Socialist sense and the teaching staff is reshuffled.
8 February 1941
The a teacher training institution of higher education is transformed into a teacher training school, which increasingly trains school aides in place of teacher training students who are deployed in wartime service. The teacher training school is evacuated in 1942, first to Altena, then to Höxter.
2 April 1945
Shortly before the end of the war and fascist regime, the university dissolves.
17 December 1946
New start of the Dortmund Pedagogical Academy, temporarily housed in Lünen, with the inaugural lecture of the new president, Dr. Emil Figge.
1 April 1951
The Pedagogical Academy moves into its old building at the Rheinlanddamm in Dortmund.
9 June 1965
The Pedagogical Academy Dortmund becomes part of the Pedagogical Institution of Higher Education Ruhr (Pädagogische Hochschule Ruhr). It is recognized as a scientific institution of higher education with a university character.
1 November 1973
The Dortmund section of the Pedagogical Institution of Higher Education Ruhr moves into its new building on Emil-Figge-Straße 50.
1 October 1976
After the concentration in Dortmund, the Pedagogical Institution of Higher Education is divided into eight divisions.
22 November 1979
Ceremony “ 50 years of teacher training in Dortmund“ (“50 Jahre Lehrerausbildung in Dortmund“).
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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”.
Site Map of TU Dortmund University (Second Page in English).