By signing the charter "Family in Higher Education", TU Dortmund University has been working in a network of universities since 2014 to further develop family friendliness specifically for the university sector: More than 120 universities and scientific institutions from all over Germany as well as Austria and Switzerland have been members of the Netzwork Familie in der Hochschule e.V. (Family in the University e.V.) since 2020.
The aim of the university network is to introduce a quality label for family orientation at German-speaking universities and to establish the network, which has been in existence since 2008, on a sustainable basis. Participating member universities share their experiences and learn from each other. An up-to-date insight into the work of Familie in der Hochschule e.V. is provided by the documentation of the 6th annual conference of FidH e.V., on October 1, 2019 at htw saar. During the Corona pandemic, the network drafted a statement with recommendations for all groups of the universities on April 17, 2020.
The association Familie in der Hochschule (Family in Higher Education) and the CHE Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (Center for Higher Education Development) jointly plead for the topic of family justice to be anchored across the board and permanently at the highest management level. A recent publication by CHE dated February 24, 2021, shows which measures for reconciling family and work or study have so far proven successful in the current crisis: Der Weg zur familienorientierten Hochschule - Lessons Learnt aus der Corona-Pandemie ("The Road to Family-Centered Higher Education - Lessons Learned from the Corona Pandemic).
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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”.