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Engineering Allianz Ruhr (EAR)

Three universities for Germany's strongest mechanical engineering cluster

With 12,520 students, 76 professorships and 920 employees from science, administration and technology, as well as an unmatched diversity of subjects, the association of the mechanical engineering faculties of the TU Dortmund University, the Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is one of the largest of its kind in Germany. Through the EAR, the mechanical engineering faculties of the three large universities in the Ruhr region not only combine their strengths locally in cooperative research activities, but also make a strong joint appearance internationally. A joint study area is being created that is among the top nationally and internationally.

Metropole Ruhr © EAR

One of the strongest mechanical engineering clusters in Germany is emerging along the Ruhr railroad, without losing the special features of the individual locations. The diversity of offers and synergies in research and teaching are to become more visible for applicants, students, scientists and potential research partners. 

The researchers involved are among the world's best in many disciplines; they work with leading international institutions and also with world market leaders.

Students and doctoral candidates benefit from the lively exchange with leading universities and institutes on all continents.

The Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR),  founded in 2010, promotes cooperation between the Ruhr University Bochum, the TU Dortmund University and the University Duisburg-Essen, which have been linked in the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr) since 2007. With its program lines, MERCUR supports scientists, institutes, faculties and the administrations of the three universities in networking across universities, especially in research, but also in teaching and university management. In addition, MERCUR initiates projects in the region with which it improves the framework conditions for science in the Ruhr region and promotes its exchange with business and politics.

Location & approach

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.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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