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Benjamin Schiller

Benjamin Schiller is is an external doctoral student at the Professorship of Higher Education. The topic of his doctoral thesis is "Governance of the third mission at a multi-campus university: the case of cooperative study programs".

Portrait photo of Benjamin Schiller © Dieter Schwarz Foundation

Doctoral Thesis

Governance of the third mission at a multi-campus university: the case of cooperative study programs

Cooperative education is a phenomenon within Germany’s system of higher education and takes on greater significance. The number of enrolled students increased as well as the demand of skilled work force on the side of profit and non-profit organizations. Official statistics show evidence to this fact. Cooperative education can be attributed to the general term “third mission”. Cooperative study programs combine workplace training in a profit or non-profit organization with academic studies at a university. The study model is directly linked to the labor market and shows a complex stakeholder structure. Benjamin Schiller therefore studies in context of a dissertation how stakeholders influence the governance of the third mission at a multi-campus university in case of cooperative study programs. By using existing stakeholder-theories he analyses the role of stakeholders and their impact on governing the third mission at multiple levels. Based on qualitative case-studies the dissertation has the goal to investigate governance of the third mission regarding cooperative study programs more specific and wants to contribute to the governance debate in higher education research.

Professional Activity

Benjamin Schiller works as project manager for the science division at the Dieter Schwarz Foundation in Heilbronn. The position includes the supervision and processing of current funding projects in the field of science as well as participation in the further development of strategic projects of the foundation. Benjamin Schiller graduated with a diploma degree in industrial engineering and management (2006) at the Stuttgart Media University and with a MBA degree at the Steinbeis University Berlin (2011).


German Society for Higher Education Research (GfHf)
Swiss Austrian German Simulation and Gaming Association (SAGSAGA)

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.


Interactive map

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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