The International Career Fair brings together qualified young academics with attractive businesses from Dortmund and the region. Organized by the International Office of TU Dortmund University and the Dortmund Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the fair is taking place for the 10th time June 29, 2021. In 2020, the fair unfortunately had to be cancelled.
On the student side, the fair is primarily aimed at international graduates and students. The young personalities come to our university from all continents and are given the opportunity to study, do research or complete internships in regional companies in an international context. Almost 4,000 students from abroad are enrolled at TU Dortmund University, most of them in the so-called MINT subjects (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technical subjects).
The special feature of the fair is that exhibitors at the International Career Fair define in advance which profile suitable candidates should ideally have. Prior to the fair, the organizers then match the candidates to allow meetings and discussions in the morning which are highly focused and yield the greatest possible benefit for both sides. In the afternoon, the format is open and students of all disciplines can visit the fair without prior registration.
9. International Career Fair on Tuesday, 2 July 2019 in the International Meeting Center (IBZ)
Within the next five years, the lack of skilled employees in the eastern Ruhr Area will have reached an estimated 40.000 vacant positions. This is what Wulf-Christian Ehrich, deputy general manager of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Dortmund (CCI, respectively IHK), pointed out on the occasion of the 9th International Career Fair which took place on the premises of TU Dortmund University on Tuesday, 2 July. He and Prof. Ursula Gather, Rector of TU Dortmund University, encouraged the students to search for employment on a regional level. “Stay here, this area is livable”, said Ehrich. Prof. Ursula Gather agreed with him: „Look for your future employer in the region. It is worth it“.
It is a considerable advantage for the businesses, said Prof. Gather when opening the fair, that this fair makes it possible to meet students who, apart from the knowledge gained during their successful studies at TU Dortmund University, also perfectly mastered a further language, namely their mother tongue. Wulf-Christian Ehrich, who is also managing board member of the Association of Friends of TU Dortmund University, highlighted that companies can find their qualified junior staff at this fair. This event was organized by the International Office of TU Dortmund University in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Dortmund (CCI, respectively IHK) and the Association of Friends of TU Dortmund University.
Five years ago, Furkan Uyanik attended the 4th International Career Fair with a freshly acquired Bachelor degree in Computer Science in his pocket and introduced himself to ICA Traffic GmbH. On Tuesday, Uyanik, who had turned 29 years old in the meantime and had switched sides of the desk, was now on the search for suitable students for ICA in Dortmund. His company offers solutions for ticket systems, e.g. having supplied Deutsche Bahn with approximately 3.500 ticket vending machines and taking care of the ticket station’s programming, too. The ticket-related products and services offered by ICA also include apps which passengers can load onto their smartphones as tickets. The software solutions which are needed for this application are one part of Uyanik’s job, the former TU student. Having started as software developer, Uyanik has risen to become a software architect who devises and assembles full solutions from a variety of software components.
Furkan Uyanik’s development can serve as a good example for international students of TU Dortmund University. Approximately every 11th student of TU Dortmund University comes from abroad; 3600 young women and men from more than 100 countries are enrolled here. Four degree programs are held in English. The International Career Fair makes these students aware of career opportunitiess in the region of Dortmund and the whole of Germany as well.
17 enterprises with their headquarters in Dortmund or the local region make use of the International Career Fair in the International Meeting Center (IBZ) to present themselves to students of TU Dortmund University: ABP Induction Systems GmbH, Albonair GmbH, Dolezych GmbH & Co.KG, ICA Traffic GmbH, KHS GmbH, KTDM Metropole Ruhr UG, Kumavision AG, Lovion GmbH, Materna Information & Communication SE, Osudio Deutschland GmbH, P3 communications GmbH, QSG Verkehrstechnik GmbH, REMONDIS Service International GmbH, Rhenus Office Systems, , temicon GmbH and the power plant operator UNIPER SE. By the way, the 17th organization making use of the International Career Fair to showcase itself is TU Dortmund University, searching for young academics. “We like to hire graduates of our own university to prepare them specifically for leadership prepositions”, states Karolina Bihr from the Department of Human Resources.
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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 Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). 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 Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord 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 20 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 Campus Nord. 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 Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd 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.