The AStA represents the entire student body and promotes student interests in university politics. The members of the AStA are elected once a year by the student parliament (StuPa). The candidates elected here do not necessarily have to come from the ranks of the StuPa. In principle, any student can stand for election. However, if a representative of the StuPa is elected to the AStA, he or she must resign from the StuPa. After the election, the AStA then assigns the various offices internally to its members. In addition to its political duties, the AStA offers students a number of services.
These include the various advisory services, such as:
- the BaföG or housing advice
- the supervision of the copy store in the foyer of the Nordmensa and much more.
- In addition to public relations, political tasks include organizing lecture series and producing political information pamphlets. Here, the AStA mainly carries out the resolutions of the student parliament. Continuous topics are, for example, university policy, equality of foreigners, women, homosexuals and disabled persons as well as public relations. The AStA must use public relations to represent its policies to the students and to the non-university public.
The Dean's Office consists of a Dean and two Vice-Deans. The dean or dean's office represents the department (faculty of mechanical engineering) vis-à-vis the university. The most important tasks of the dean or dean's office include:
- The management of the department and its representation within the university.
- Responsibility for the completeness of the course offerings and compliance with teaching obligations, as well as for the organization of studies and examinations
- Distribution of positions and resources within the department based on the principles of distribution established with the departmental council
- Responsibility for ensuring that the officers, committees and institutions of the faculty perform their duties and that the members and staff of the faculty fulfill their obligations
- Verification of the legal correctness of decisions within the faculty and preparation of drafts for study and examination regulations
The Student Council is composed of all students of a study program. Mostly, however, the term Fachschaft is used to describe the active Fachschaft, the Fachschaftsrat of the respective study program. Here, the students elected by the Fachschaftsvollversammlung (FVV) represent the respective Fachschaft.
The tasks of the student representatives are manifold.
On the one hand, the student councils stand up for their fellow students in the committees at the university, such as the student council conference, the faculty council, appointment committees, etc. On the other hand, they function as a link between students and the university.
On the other hand, they function as a link between the students and the faculties.
They can be the point of contact for complaints about examination and teaching conditions and can advise and support students with problems, e.g. in examination matters.
The student councils provide information to their students and make it easier for first-year students to start their studies.
They organize the O-Phase (orientation phase), first-year trips, parties, but also excursions to interesting business enterprises.
Basically, everyone can get involved in the student council. The easiest way to make contacts is to attend the student council meetings, the public meetings of the student council and other activities.
There are two student councils at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The Mechanical Engineering Student Council represents students of mechanical engineering, while the LogWings Student Council is the contact point for students of logistics and industrial engineering.
The Faculty Council is composed of elected members from the status groups of university teachers, academic staff, technical and administrative staff, and students. The Faculty Council elects the Dean's Office. The task of the Faculty Council is to decide and/or advise on the use of faculty resources (funds and materials, personnel, rooms, etc.) and on fundamental questions of research and teaching in the faculty. This includes, among other things, the determination of the legal basis of the studies, such as study and examination regulations. In addition, the Faculty Council may be involved in the awarding of academic degrees and titles.
The Study Advisory Board is responsible for the framework conditions of teaching within the faculties at the faculty level. The Study Advisory Board serves to advise the Faculty Council as well as the Dean's Office in matters of teaching and studies, especially in matters of study reform, the evaluation of studies and teaching, and with regard to the enactment or amendment of examination regulations. The members are elected by the Faculty Council.
The student parliament (StuPa) is a parliament elected annually by the students of the TU Dortmund University and thus the highest decision-making body of the student body. Since the parliament is elected by all students, the up to 51 members can, according to the university constitution, basically decide on all issues and concerns of the constituted student body (VS), i.e. for all enrolled students. Elections are generally held in the summer semester. In addition to the parties known at the federal level, some internal university parties and independent groups are also represented. As the legislature (legislative body), the StuPa lays down the foundations and the budget for the constituted student body. The decisions are then implemented by the General Student Committee (AStA), which is elected by the StuPa. The AStA is therefore the executive body of the student body.
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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.
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".Zum Lageplan