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Global engagement

Networks and Liaison Offices

Collaborating in strong international education networks and actively cooperating within different consortia are of high importance for TU Dortmund University and a key aspect of the  internationalization strategy.

TU Dortmund University is involved in different global networks and liaison offices to further develop existing partnerships and promote new international collaboration projects. Learn more about the objectives and services of the consortia and liaison offices.

We kindly ask you to send any requests regarding the networks and liaison offices to cooperationtu-dortmundde.

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The liaison offices of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) in North America and for the Eastern Europe/Central Asia region carry the strengths of the Ruhr region as a location for research and study into the world. In a short period of time they have initiated numerous exchange programs, scholarship programs and academic cooperations and thus make a valuable contribution to the international orientation of the Ruhr region.

UA Ruhr Liaison Office North America

  • Established: November 2004
  • Executive Director: Priya S. Nayar
  • Location: German House, New York City, USA
  • Leading University: TU Dortmund University
  • Academic Director: Prof. Gerhard Schembecker (TU Dortmund University)

UA Ruhr Liaison Office Eastern Europe/Central Asia

  • Established: March 2009
  • Executive Director: Elena Resch
  • Location: currently Ruhr-University Bochum
  • Leading University: Ruhr-University Bochum
  • Academic Director: Prof. Ilya Eremin (Ruhr-University Bochum)

The German Centres for Research and Innovation (DWIH) strengthen Germany's position as a location for research, science and innovation in the world at currently six locations. The management of the global network is the responsibility of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

TU Dortmund University is involved in the DWIH network at the locations in New York (USA), San Francisco (USA), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and in Tokyo (Japan), partly independently and partly through its membership in the UA Ruhr, and thus strives to promote the further development of international innovation networks and research collaborations.

DWIH New York (USA)

  • Membership within the UA Ruhr
  • Status: Main supporter

DWIH San Francisco (USA)

  • Membership within the UA Ruhr
  • Status: Main supporter

DWIH Sao Paulo (Basil)

  • Membership within the UA Ruhr
  • Status: Associated supporter

DWIH Tokyo (Japan)

  • Individual membership
  • Status: Associated supporter

The Ghana-NRW University Alliance is a consortium of eight universities from North Rhine-Westphalia, founded in 2023, which aims to promote the exchange in science and education  between the West African country and the universities of NRW.

The University of Cologne is the consortium leader for the new liaison office. Besides TU Dortmund University, further members are the Bochum University of Applied Sciences, the Ruhr University Bochum, the University of Duisburg-Essen, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences and the University of Siegen.

TU Dortmund University is a member of the China-NRW University Alliance. The consortium was founded in 2006 with the aim of developing and shaping the members' collaborations with their Chinese partners. The University of Cologne is the coordinator of the consortium. Other members besides TU Dortmund University are the University of Siegen, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, the University of Wuppertal and the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld.