Technical University of Dortmund

TU Dortmund University
Technische Universität Dortmund

Official logo of TU Dortmund University
Former names
Universität Dortmund
Type Public
Established 16 December 1968
Endowment €161,4 million
Rector Ursula Gather
Academic staff
294 (2011)
Administrative staff
3,381 (2011)
Students appr. 33,500 (2015)
Location Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Campus Urban/Suburban
Affiliations UA Ruhr - University Alliance Ruhr

TU Dortmund University (German: Technische Universität Dortmund) is a university in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany with over 30,000 students, and over 3,000 staff. It is situated in the Ruhr area, the fourth largest urban area in Europe.
The university is highly ranked in terms of its research performance in the areas of physics, electrical engineering, chemistry and economics.[1]


The University of Dortmund was founded in 1968, during the decline of the coal and steel industry in the Ruhr region. Its establishment was seen as an important move in the economic change (Strukturwandel) from heavy industry to technology. The university's main areas of research are the natural sciences, engineering, pedagogy/teacher training in a wide spectrum of subjects, special education, and journalism. The University of Dortmund was originally designed to be a technical university, but in 1980, it merged with the adjacent Pädagogische Hochschule Ruhr that housed mostly humanities.

In 2006, The University of Dortmund hosted the 11th Federation of International Robot-soccer Association (FIRA) RoboWorld Cup. The university's robot soccer team, the Dortmund Droids, became vice world champion in the RoboWorld Cup 2002 and finished third in 2003.


Dortmund University's Mathetower

Following the Zeitgeist of the late 1960s in Germany, the university was built auf der grünen Wiese (on the meadows) about 2 miles (3.2 km) outside of downtown Dortmund. It consists of two campuses, North and South, which since 1984 have been linked by an automated hanging monorail system, the H-Bahn, that crosses the quaint nature reserve between the campuses at a height of about 50 feet (15 m). One of the most prominent buildings in the university is the Mathetower (Mathematics Tower), which houses the faculty of Mathematics.


  1. Faculty of Mathematics
  2. Faculty of Physics
  3. Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  4. Faculty of Computer Science
  5. Faculty of Statistics
  6. Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering (BCI)
  7. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  8. Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  9. Faculty of Spatial Planning
  10. Faculty of Civil Engineering/Architecture
  11. Faculty of Economics/Business and Industrial Sociology
  12. Faculty of Pedagogy and Sociology
  13. Faculty of Special Education/Rehabilitation Sciences
  14. Faculty of Social Sciences, Philosophy and Theology
  15. Faculty of Cultural Studies
  16. Faculty of Art and Sport Sciences

Student life

Student hostels
Campus Food Court
Renovated place inside Food court
The H-Bahn for commuting inside University campus

The university has a student radio station called eldoradio* which can be listened to also via livestream (link: see below).

Department of Computer Science

The first point of registration for .de-domains was at the Dortmund University Department of Computer Science.

The first .de-domain (currently the most popular German ccTLD in terms of number of registrations) was

Partner Universities

Honorary doctorates

Former president of Germany, Johannes Rau was awarded an honorary degree from the university in 2004.
Carl Djerassi was awarded an honorary degree for his science-in-fiction in 2009.

See also


Coordinates: 51°29′33″N 7°24′51″E / 51.49250°N 7.41417°E / 51.49250; 7.41417

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