On 27 Januar 2020, a new event took place in the International Meeting Center (IBZ) for the very first time: in the style of a vernissage, a total of 30 extraordinary international research projects were presented to the university public in a poster gallery walk.
Superseding the previous format of the International Reception, all guests could vote for one of their favorite projects and three of these projects were awarded 1,500 EUR each. More than 170 guests gathered to celebrate the international efforts of TU Dortmund University. In particular, the lively dialogue between all project participants and the guests was the focus of this event.
Among the three projects with the most votes was the project "Umweltgerechtigkeit, Environmental Justice, Justiça Ambiental" by students of the Faculty of Spatial Planning. In Brazil's big cities São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, environmental injustice is particularly evident. Therefore, the student project deals with the connections between environment, health and the social situation in Brazil. During an excursion to Brazil, the participants will collect data on air quality in different neighbourhoods of the cities and draft maps which depict the pollution in these districts.
The second winning project is located at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. In the "Engineers without Borders Challenge", teacher training students at TU Dortmund work together with American students from the University of Georgia on real problems of development cooperation. The aim is to find sustainable, practical and culturally appropriate solutions. By taking part in the Challenge, participants learn to think outside the box, train self-organisation, teamwork and their communication skills, and deal with everyday life and cultural conditions in the countries for which solutions are being developed.
In the third project which was awarded 1,500 EUR, Dr. Enrico Michelini from the Institute of Sport and Sport Science researches - in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - the role of sports in refugee camps. In May 2019, Dr. Michelini spent four weeks in refugee camps in Niamey, the capital of the West African country Niger. His research showed that sport in refugee camps do not only provides physical exercise, but also mental strengthening. Sport is also used as an educational measure. In the next step, Dr. Michelini will work with the United Nations to develop a concept on how refugees can be optimally supported through sports.
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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.