Internationalization Task Force leader Prof. Leišytė presents the vision and future plans.
Question 1: Professor Leišytė, why is it so important, that the department made "Internationalization" one of its most important issues?
Internationalization is recognized as a highly important priority at TU Dortmund. It is central for high quality teaching and research and as our department has always been committed to excellence, internationalization is a natural priority. Attracting foreign students to our programs as well as sending our students to universities abroad add enormously to the student experience while studying at WiWi and thus, create more value for students entering the labor market upon graduation. Further, international networks, international research grants as well as collaboration in publishing with foreign colleagues are central for positioning of our department nationally and internationally. To me, as the leader of the Task Force Internationalization, these are the most important drivers for the commitment of the department to internationalization.
Question 2: Which topics are you actually working on within the Task Force?
After careful consideration of the status quo, evaluation of the achievements so far as well as identification of the areas for improvement, the Task Force has put forward the strategic goals to foster internationalization at our department for the period 2021-2025. After discussion with the professors at the department, the deans as well as with the Vice President International Affairs, we have set short-term, mid-term and long-term goals. The goals of internationalization range from increasing the number of courses offered in English, attracting more international students, fostering skills and capacities of staff towards internationalization, improving study and work environment, like organizing an International Day each semester and providing information and communication in English so that international students and staff feel welcome and can fully participate in the academic life of our department. Further, we aim to foster exchanges with scholars from abroad, provide more exchange spaces for visiting and local doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. Our long term goal includes developing a new study program in English as well as offering a steady critical mass of courses in English in our Bachelor and Master programs.
Question 3: What is your vision, regarding Internationalization, for the year 2025?
Our task force vision for the WiWi department is to be a highly vibrant and internationally attractive place to study in various areas of Business Administration and Economics.
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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 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 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