As a university, we practice diversity management in order to fulfill our legal mandate for science in research and teaching in the best possible way. Diversity management shapes and ensures equal opportunities and accessibility and is proactive anti-discrimination.
Diversity is a defining characteristic of universities. Science and research thrive on the differentiation of perspectives and questions. Furthermore, studying and teaching are also permeated by diversity: Students come from different countries and cultures, are of different ages, have different backgrounds of experience and are interested in different subject areas; they are of different genders and have different abilities. Finally, universities employ an equally diverse range of people in research, teaching, administration, and technical support with specialized areas of responsibility and qualifications.
This fact goes hand in hand with the realization that actively shaping diversity at universities is essential if they are to fulfill their tasks in a changing society. This also includes the implementation of justice concerns and anti-discrimination laws, prejudice-free recruitment for research, teaching, studies, administration and technical support, as well as the reflection and a discursive permeation of internal university procedures and processes. Dialogue and encounters with diverse people are an essential element of this.
Analogous to Gender Mainstreaming, Diversity Mainstreaming at TU Dortmund University aims to assess the impact of all decisions on the diverse members of the university and to incorporate their relevant concerns into all regular and standard processes. In the long term, this approach should lead to a sustainable cultural change and a "university for all".
The staff unit is a founding member of the German Diversity at Universities Network, whose members deal with the implementation of diversity and anti-discrimination tasks at their universities on an operational and strategic level.
In 2012, the TU Dortmund signed the Diversity Charter.
Since 16.2.2017, TU Dortmund has supported the HRK initiative for a cosmopolitan university.
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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 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 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 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”.