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The City of Dortmund

Luftaufnahme der Stadt DortmundLike almost no other German city, Dortmund has seen enormous change in recent years. The former 'steel city' has developed into a modern, cosmopolitan metropolis, known all over Europe as an innovative location for technological development. In the course of this structural change, new industries like IT, micro systems technology, and logistics have re-shaped Dortmund's corporate landscape.

The largest city in the Ruhr Valley – with nearly 600,000 inhabitants – also boasts extensive green areas and a high quality of life as well as a wide range of cultural and sporting opportunities. Everyone knows Borussia Dortmund. And that’s a good thing! However, Dortmund has far more to offer in the line of sport than just football. And if culture is your preference, Dortmund with its virtuoso concerts, excellent theater and new media art is definitely the place to be.

Science in Dortmund

With seven universities and some 20 research institutions, over 50,000 students and more than 10,000 academic staff, Dortmund has one of the largest university campus areas in North Rhine-Westphalia. Even just fifty years ago, such a development would have been inconceivable in the former mining and steel-manufacturing city. Against this historical background, the city acknowledges that science and knowledge-based activities have been and continue to be the key drivers of structural transformation, and this awareness encourages all players to work together. Networking and cooperation do not just exist on paper but are an integral part of day-to-day life for people working in science and academia in Dortmund.

Master Plan – Excellent Communication between Science and City

The Master Plan for the Science City of Dortmund is a strategy designed to optimize networking between science and the city. It details how science, industry and citizens can cooperate for mutual benefit and strengthen Dortmund's international competitiveness as a science location. In 2011, the City of Dortmund, TU Dortmund University, Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the TechnologieZentrumDortmund launched a broadly-based initiative involving 120 active participants; in 2013, they signed a commitment to introduce a hundred measures to implement their joint goals by 2020. This nationally outstanding project was awarded the University Communication Prize in 2015 by the German Rectors' Conference, the Zeit Publishing Group and the Robert Bosch Foundation.

windo e. V. is a network of university and research institutions in Dortmund that was founded in 1992. Their brochure invites readers to explore the many successful institutions, projects and plans which make Dortmund into a dynamic, knowledge-based location.

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