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Chronicle of TU Dortmund University


Chronicle of TU Dortmund University

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.

April 1933

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”.

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