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Panourgias Papaioannou

Panourgias Papaioannou started working as a research assistant at the Professorship of Higher Education in April 2022. He is also conducting his doctoral thesis at the professorship on the topic "The reconfigured governance of the universities in the EHEA".

Further information on Panourgias Papaioannou

Panourgias Papaioannou studied English language and American studies at the University of Athens and at Freie Universität Berlin. He worked for the European Parliament before completing his Erasmus Mundus in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MARIHE) at the Danube University Krems and the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. Before joining TU Dortmund he worked for the European Association of Institutional Research (EAIR), the WPZ Research and the Athens University of Economics and Business. His work focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship and digitalization of higher education institutions.

  • Digitalization
  • Governance reforms
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Third mission

2022: STARK – Studierende als Akteur*innen des Wandels
Students as Actors of Change: The development of an innovative, research-based and student-centered flipped classroom module in the BA program in Business and Economics at TU Dortmund University

2021–2022: BeyondScale
BeyondScale utilises the HEInnovate self-assessment-platform to drive entrepreneurial and innovative change across a range of education and engagement activities in higher education institutions (co-funded by the European Union).

Papaioannou, P. (2022). Digitalization strategies in HEIs: A mean to respond to the needs of students, staff, and the society: The case of a German higher education institution. Presentation at the 17th Annual Conference of the Society for Research on Higher Education (GfHf), Vienna, Austria, September 15.

Campbell, D., Fellner, M., Papaioannou, P., & Pausita, A. (2021). Innovation and distance learning: How COVID-19 has impacted organizational development of Austrian higher education institutions. Presentation at the 43rd EAIR Forum 2021 "Transformation Fast and Slow: Quality, Trust and Digitalisation in Higher Education", Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany,  September 10.

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.


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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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