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International Networks

World mapTU Dortmund University fosters strategic partnerships with 20 universities abroad. The University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), a strategic coalition of TU Dortmund University, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen, maintains liaison offices on three continents. In addition to contacts at institutional level, the faculties also have their own collaborations and international activities. Here  you can find detailed information on the networks in which TU Dortmund University is involved:



In Europe, TU Dortmund University is very well connected thanks to a raft of research collaborations and active student exchange. Every semester, more than 150 students from other European countries take advantage of the EU’s ERASMUS+ Program to spend a semester abroad at TU Dortmund University. For their part, over 280 Dortmund students go abroad to study in another European country every semester. Under ERASMUS, the faculties at TU Dortmund University foster more than 220 partnerships with universities in Europe. And of the 3,600 plus international students who complete their entire degree courses at TU Dortmund University, nearly half come from other European countries. Our researchers also put their faith in European cooperation: They participate in some 50 research projects funded by the European Union. In this way, the EU supports cross-border research alliances linking universities, research centers and enterprises.


North America

In 2004, the University Alliance Ruhr opened a liaison office in New York from where the three universities in the UA Ruhr expand their networking with academic institutions in the United States and Canada. TU Dortmund University has established just short of ten collaborations with universities in the United States. Furthermore, there are over 25 student exchange agreements at university and faculty level. Thanks to our outstanding connections with universities in the United States and our commitment to student exchange TU Dortmund University has acquired a unique position in the State of North Rhine-Westfalia (NRW) in this respect. Among its partners Dortmund is an ever more popular study destination: American students’ interest in coming to Dortmund is now almost as great as vice versa. Annually, some 40 students attend partner universities in the United States and every year, grants to the value of US$ 400,000 are awarded under this exchange. There are also many research collaborations with universities in the United States such as that between the Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering at TU Dortmund University and the distinguished Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).


Latin America

In 2011, the University Alliance Ruhr opened a liaison office in São Paulo, Brazil, from where they expand their network with academic institutions in Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile. The large-scale funding program “Science without Borders” has increased student mobility: More than 300 grant-holders from Latin America have come to the three Ruhr universities to study under the program. At institutional level, TU Dortmund University cooperates with three universities in Brazil and one in Colombia.


Eastern Europe and Central Asia

In 2009, the University Alliance Ruhr opened a liaison office in Moscow from where it builds a network with universities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Moscow is not just the hub of the Russian science landscape but also the research center of the entire region. In cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Goethe Institute Moscow, UA Ruhr supports the “Study Bridge Germany”. This program enables prospective students from Eastern Europe and Central Asia to start studying in Germany immediately after completing their school education. The requisite preparation is done at the local Goethe Institutes. Since 2015, TU Dortmund University also hosts a German-Russian collaborative research center in physics. Moreover, at institutional level, TU Dortmund University cooperates with Saint Petersburg University and the Southern Federal University in Rostov-on-Don.


In 2008, TU Dortmund University became a member of the University Consortium China-NRW that promotes relations between the People’s Republic of China and the State of North Rhine-Westfalia (NRW) and maintains a liaison office in Beijing. China-NRW comprises five leading universities in NRW which have formed a strategic alliance in order to continue expanding and actively implementing their links to Chinese partner institutions. The consortium’s main activities include the maintenance of a joint representation at the DAAD German University Office in Beijing and an annual summer school at a partner university in China which is open to six students from all the member universities. More than 500 Chinese students are enrolled at TU Dortmund University. At institutional level, TU Dortmund University cooperates with the University of Science and Technology Beijing.



The Faculty of Spatial Planning’s Master’s program SPRING (Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies), which is taught in English and focuses on topics relating to spatial planning in developing countries, has existed at TU Dortmund University for more than 25 years. The first year of the program is spent in Dortmund, the second at one of the four partner universities in Africa, Asia or Latin America. One of the partner universities is Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. More than 500 students from Africa are enrolled at TU Dortmund University of whom just under half come from Cameroon and a quarter from Morocco. At institutional level, TU Dortmund cooperates with one university in Ghana and another in Tanzania.



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