Dortmund University of Technology

Dortmund University of Technology

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Dortmund University of Technology 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.

More than 3,000 international students from more than 100 nations study at Dortmund University of Technology. Most of them are degree-seeking students. The international dimension is of primary importance on our campus, regardless whether students come to TU Dortmund University to study abroad or whether Dortmund students would like to study in a foreign country for a while. All questions related to study abroad, either in the USA, Europe or Asia can be directed to the staff at the International Office.

The International Office is also taking care of the international students on Campus. Special emphasis is placed on the cooperation with the United States. In 2004 the three UAR-Universities set up a liaison office in New York City. Furthermore TU Dortmund University is a member of the university consortium “China-NRW” which supports the cooperation between China and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and has an office is Beijing. In addition to that the UAR opened liaison offices in Moscow (March 2009) and Rio de Janeiro/São Paulo (May 2011).

The cooperation on the university level is enhanced by collaboration and other international activities conducted by the individual faculties.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties

  • Faculty of Mathematics
  • Faculty of Physics
  • Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Faculty of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Statistics
  • Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering (BCI)
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Faculty of Spatial Planning
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering/Architecture
  • Faculty of Economics/Business and Industrial Sociology
  • Faculty of Pedagogy and Sociology
  • Faculty of Special Education/Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Faculty of Social Sciences, Philosophy and Theology
  • Faculty of Cultural Studies
  • Faculty of Art and Sport Sciences


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, theDortmund Droids, became vice world champion in the RoboWorld Cup 2002 and finished third in 2003.

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