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Ambassador Pro­gram for International Re­searchers

To quickly feel comfortable in a new place, you need a social network. Get to know our ambassadors and learn from their experience!

Looking for additional in­for­mation and personal advice?

Are you an in­ter­na­tio­nal researcher planning to start working at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity? Have you read all the in­for­mation and formal guidelines on the uni­ver­si­ty website and still have questions about how it all works out in day-to-day life? Are you interested in personal experiences of other in­ter­na­tio­nal employees? 

Find out what brought our ambassadors to TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity, get to know their experiences of living and working here, and make use of their tips for newcomers.

Get in touch! 

If you have any questions about the working environment at the departments, living in Dort­mund, relocation experience, or PhD life in general you can get in touch with one of our ambassadors. Have a look at the different profiles below and feel free to contact the ambassdors via mail.

Please avoid contacting the ambassadors concerning general and administrative questions, since they are here to help you with their knowledge gained from personal experiences only. If you have questions about practical matters such as visa regulations, required documents or accommodation please contact the Welcome Services

Our Ambassadors

Eine junge Frau vor einem TU Dortmund-Plakat © Samin Jamal Abadi

Name: Samin Jamal Abadi 

Contact details: samin.jamalabadi@tu-dortmund.de

Country of origin: Iran

Languages: Persian, English

Faculty: Electrical Engineering & Information Technology

Hobbies: Tennis, travelling, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures

Why TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity? TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is one of the most prestigious technical universities in Germany. It is strong not only in each specialized discipline but also in the inter­dis­ci­plin­ary re­search

Working at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity: During my Master studies at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity I found a deep interest in re­search. I enjoy following my curiosity and solving the problems it discovers. That is why I decided to continue my studies as a PhD student. I like the mixture of re­search, teaching, and super­vi­sion activities.

Tips for prospective in­ter­na­tio­nal researchers: I think as a PhD student it is im­por­tant to select a topic you’re genuinely passionate about. Also, for me, developing my confidence was the key issue I had to work on when I started working in a new country. And definitely, learning German can make your journey much easier.

Settling down in Dort­mund:  I have experienced the process of settling down in Dort­mund to be quite challenging when I couldn’t communicate in German. Now after having taken some free courses at the uni­ver­si­ty, I feel much better.

Ein Porträt eines asiatischen Mannes mit Brille © Thanet Pitakbut

Name: Thanet Pitakbut 

Contact details: thanet.pitakbut@tu-dortmund.de

Country of origin: Thailand

Languages: Thai, English

Faculty: Biochemical and Chemical Engineering

Hobbies: Boxing, swimming

Why TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity? Even though TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is a technical uni­ver­si­ty, I like that it does not only focus on the applied side, but also engages in fundamental re­search. This is very im­por­tant for my area of interest - sharing the biosynthesis between plant and its microbe. TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity provides good facilities for my re­search, and I enjoy working with people here. They are experts who can provide great super­vi­sion and support for young academics.

Working at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity: Working here at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity as a PhD researcher expands my knowledge vertically and horizontally: I apply state-of-art techniques to fill the knowledge gap and constantly learn new things. What I also find great is that you can participate in extra activities that sharpen your soft skills. For instance, you can participate in career development workshops, join social excursiosn with your re­search group, or attend the annual Christmas party.

Tips for prospective in­ter­na­tio­nal researchers: Stay push and be open-minded

Your life in Dort­mund: My main struggle when I first came to Dort­mund was to find accommodation. I had hoped there would be some uni­ver­si­ty assistance for the foreign PhD students but back then such service did not exist yet. Fortunately, I found one spot in a WG – a shared apartment – on the website that my friend recommended me.

German culture: German culture is very different from my home country. I was surprised that people here have their own office hours, and you have to make an appointment if you need to discuss something with your supervisor or colleagues. In Thai universities we have an open door policy: it is possible to reach anyone within their office hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. without an appointment.

Settling down in Dort­mund: There is a Facebook page or­ga­nized by the Thai Student Council in Germany. It is a great platform for Thai students and researchers to meet each other easily. But still it’s essential to find new friends and integrate into German society. A couple of good ways to achieve this is doing sports at the uni­ver­si­ty and participating in the workshops being offered.

Mann mit Brille und Anzug © Emmanuel Kofi Gavu

Name: Emmanuel Kofi Gavu

Contact details: Emmanuelkofi.gavu@tu-dortmund.de

Country of origin: Ghana

Languages: English, German, French, Akan, Ewe, Avatime and Hausa

Faculty: Spatial Planning

Hobbies: Reading, photography and singing

Why TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity? I chose TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity because of its reputation in teaching and re­search in the area of spatial planning. For me it was quite an easy decision as the school of spatial planning directly matches my re­search interests.

Working at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity: Working at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has been a learning curve for me, especially as a PhD student. One is supposed to be independent and the same time being able to fit in a team. What I like here is that colleagues and supervisors easily warm up to you. To make life easy for any newcomer, I say this: “If you need help, just ask”.

Tips for prospective in­ter­na­tio­nal researchers: I advise the prospective in­ter­na­tio­nal researchers abd students to contact the in­ter­na­tio­nal office in order to get in touch with some people from their home regions. You can get great survival tips for the first couple of months after your arrival. I think it is very im­por­tant, because some people prefer keeping to themselves and miss out on what the uni­ver­si­ty and the city of Dort­mund have to offer.

Your life in Dort­mund: Looking back at the first months of my stay in Dort­mund, I wish I had downloaded the app for public transport. Now it is always a life saver for me, as one can tell whether a particular connection is arriving on time or later.

Ein Mann mit Brille, der Hintergrund ist verschwommen © Muhammad Rayan

Name: Muhammad Rayan

Contact details: muhammad.rayan@tu-dortmund.de

Country of origin: Pa­kis­tan

Languages: English, Urdu, Pushto

Faculty: Spatial Planning

Hobbies:  Traveling, photography, badminton, cricket, and cycling

Why TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity? The underlying motivations for coming to TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity was to learn and share my experience in the field of green infra­structure and resilient cities in an in­ter­na­tio­nal environment. Here I could sharpen my critical thinking and problem solving and improve my re­search skills.

Working at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity: TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity provides great conditions for young researchers to accomplish their re­search goals. It provides an environment where you can build good relationships with your colleagues, achieve mutual learning and build partnership between the global North and the global South. I value the guidance provided by other researchers and experts in my re­search area, as it helped me a lot to shape my re­search ideas.

Your life in Dort­mund: Dort­mund is a multicultural city with a population of almost 600,000 inhabitants from all over the world. If you stay open, you can learn so much about different cultures.

The city also offers a wide range of leisure and sports facilities. For example, you can go to see a soccer game at the Borussia Dort­mund stadium or take a walk in the big Westfalenpark. I especially like that almost half the city is covered with green spaces and parks.

German culture: Dort­mund was not the first city where I experienced German culture. I did my Master’s at the Uni­ver­sity of Stuttgart. I am willing to admit, I love the country: the open atmosphere, a lot of green spaces, cultural hotspots, and multicultural environment.

Tips for prospective in­ter­na­tio­nal researchers: In Dort­mund, finding a private accommodation is quite hard, and it is im­por­tant to be aware of all the options. The first option is uni­ver­si­ty guest housing, but due to limited number of rooms it’s quite difficult to get. Second option is an on­line platform for room/apartments search i.e. WG-gesucht, Immobilienscout24, etc. I got my apartment through WG-gesucht, so I can recommend it.

Porträt einer Frau © Uwe Gruetzner​/​TU Dort­mund

Name: Anastasiya Matyushkina

Contact details: Anastasiya.matyushkina@tu-dortmund.de

Country of origin: Russia

Languages: Russian, English

Faculty: Spatial Planning

Hobbies: Painting, travelling, taking care of my plants, longboarding

Why TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity? It is not commonly known but TU Dort­mund Universiry has the largest School of Spatial Planning in Europe. The faculty is very in­ter­na­tio­nal and involved in different projects across the world: Europe, Asia, Middle East and America. Here I have a position in an in­ter­na­tio­nal proj­ect that received finding through the EU grant Horizon2020. Germany is a welcoming country for PhD students with many re­search and grant opportunities.

Working at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity: What I really appreciate as an employee of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is that the employees and PhD students can take German lan­guage courses at the uni­ver­si­ty - for free. Also the uni­ver­si­ty has a Doctorate Centre that organizes events and workshops to develop re­search and interpersonal skills, such as proj­ect management or public speaking. As a researcher it is also very im­por­tant to me to have access to a rich on­line journal database and good library. Here I don’t have problems with accessing the academic articles I need.

Life in Dort­mund: After living for a few years in the Netherlands, I was positively surprised with accommodation prices in Dort­mund. It is very affordable to live here, even in comparison with other cities in NRW. It has some cool spots where I like going: art studios in the harbour, hipster concept shops in the district "Kreuzviertel", or open swimming pools and parks in different parts of the city. The transport system is very convenient and as an enrolled PhD student you can travel for free in the entire NRW region.

German culture: As a Russian, I found many similarities between our cultures. I cannot say that something strikes me as odd here. Of course, it takes a while to get used to some small things, like for instance, I didn’t expect that after my public presentation people would knock on the table, instead of clapping. Another one: I was quite surprised to see that the majority of rented apartments do not have an installed kitchen.

Tips for in­ter­na­tio­nal students: If you struggle, I would advise you to not be on your own, especially when you’re relocating and going through a lot of administrative tasks. If you have questions or need help, you should always ask your colleagues or the International Office. You will certainly get help or be provided with necessary in­for­mation. I also recommend you to enroll in the German course as early as possible. It helped me not only to improve my lan­guage but also to find friends.

Porträt einer jungen Frau mit kurzen Haaren vor Bäumen © Yumeng Wang

Name: Yumeng Wang

Contact details: wymfuberlin@126.com

Country of origin: China

Languages:  Chinese, English, German

Faculty: Education, Psychology and Sociology

Hobbies: Playing table tennis

What was it like for you to work on your PhD at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity during the pandemic times?

Actually, it was not bad to work on my PhD during the pandemic times. My re­search is education, which belongs to the social science field, so studying on­line did not bring too much inconveniences for me. However, I really lacked the authentic experience of studying in a European uni­ver­si­ty. It is a pity I could not take part in non-video conferences in Germany and Europe. I had some problems when I first came here but my supervisor and the colleagues in my team were very attentive and offered all the necessary help.

What tips would you give to prospective in­ter­na­tio­nal researchers who are thinking about doing their PhD at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity?

To begin with, open your mind and communicate more with your German and in­ter­na­tio­nal colleagues. Good re­search ideas will appear during comprehensive com­mu­ni­cation. Furthermore, try to change your perspective of thinking to be more in­ter­na­tio­nal rather than relying on the background knowledge of your home country all the time. It can help you form an in­ter­na­tio­nal re­search habit. In addition, you’ d better make full use of the library system in TU Dort­mund, which can provide you with a lot of useful German and English literature.

How was it for you to settle down in Dort­mund?

Despite the difficult time, I still could finish all the necessary procedures for settling down. Asking German colleagues for help is definitely useful.


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Anfahrt & Lageplan

Der Cam­pus der Technischen Uni­ver­si­tät Dort­mund liegt in der Nähe des Autobahnkreuzes Dort­mund West, wo die Sauerlandlinie A45 den Ruhrschnellweg B1/A40 kreuzt. Die Abfahrt Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen auf der A45 führt zum Cam­pus Süd, die Abfahrt Dort­mund-Dorstfeld auf der A40 zum Cam­pus-Nord. An beiden Ausfahrten ist die Uni­ver­si­tät ausgeschildert.

Direkt auf dem Cam­pus Nord be­fin­det sich die S-Bahn-Station „Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät“. Von dort fährt die S-Bahn-Linie S1 im 20- oder 30-Minuten-Takt zum Hauptbahnhof Dort­mund und in der Gegenrichtung zum Hauptbahnhof Düsseldorf über Bo­chum, Essen und Duis­burg. Außerdem ist die Uni­ver­si­tät mit den Buslinien 445, 447 und 462 zu er­rei­chen. Eine Fahrplanauskunft findet sich auf der Homepage des Verkehrsverbundes Rhein-Ruhr, au­ßer­dem bieten die DSW21 einen interaktiven Liniennetzplan an.

Zu den Wahrzeichen der TU Dort­mund gehört die H-Bahn. Linie 1 verkehrt im 10-Minuten-Takt zwi­schen Dort­mund Eichlinghofen und dem Technologiezentrum über Cam­pus Süd und Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S, Linie 2 pendelt im 5-Minuten-Takt zwi­schen Cam­pus Nord und Cam­pus Süd. Diese Stre­cke legt sie in zwei Minuten zu­rück.

Vom Flughafen Dort­mund aus gelangt man mit dem AirportExpress innerhalb von gut 20 Minuten zum Dort­mun­der Hauptbahnhof und von dort mit der S-Bahn zur Uni­ver­si­tät. Ein größeres Angebot an inter­natio­nalen Flugverbindungen bietet der etwa 60 Ki­lo­me­ter entfernte Flughafen Düsseldorf, der direkt mit der S-Bahn vom Bahnhof der Uni­ver­si­tät zu er­rei­chen ist.

Die Ein­rich­tun­gen der Technischen Uni­ver­si­tät Dort­mund verteilen sich auf den größeren Cam­pus Nord und den kleineren Cam­pus Süd. Zu­dem befinden sich einige Bereiche der Hoch­schu­le im angrenzenden Technologiepark. Genauere In­for­ma­tio­nen kön­nen Sie den Lageplänen entnehmen.