As part of a central scientific institution of TU Dortmund University, DoBuS not only fulfills service tasks, but also carries out research and project development. The research projects, which are mainly practice- or application-based, aim to improve the circumstances of students with disabilities. The needs of students with disabilities and chronic illnesses have to be identified and systematically analyzed in the counseling process. In accordance with the Dortmund work approach, these needs are an essential starting point for the development of projects. The projects address the transition from school to university, the period of higher education as such, as well as the transition from university to professional life. In the context of projects, new offers and services are designed, tested, and, if necessary, consolidated and implemented in the university structure. All of DoBuS’ services were set up this way. Since the services and offers set up by DoBuS often have an exemplary function for other universities, the distribution of the project results is an important component of the project work.
Moreover, DoBuS participates in projects of the TU Dortmund University and with its extensive expertise and knowledge on the topic of disability and studies conducts joint projects with non-university cooperation partners. In the context of the disability mainstreaming, the aim is to ensure that the topic of disability and study is considered from the outset in new and further higher education developments. This is important to avoid potential sources of discrimination and disadvantage and to realize opportunities for equal participation in higher education. The Participation in various scientific discourses (Disability Studies, ICT, Higher Education Research and Didactics, Education and Educational Sciences etc.) enables DoBuS to examine recent developments with regard to their relevance to the topic of disability and study and, if necessary, to take into account possibilities in its own research and project work.
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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 South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). 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 North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus 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 15 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 North Campus. 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 South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus 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”.