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Prof. em. Dr. Arie Rip

(University of Twente, The Netherlands)

Science and Engineering in Transformation and the Position of Graduate Training

In Rip (2004) I argued that graduate training should reflect changes in professional practices worldwide, and that present graduate training in applied science and engineering still reflects earlier disciplinary traditions (since the 1950s). Instead, it should be organized in two main streams, 'advanced technology' and 'sociotechnical systems engineering'. This point is reinforced by the move towards strategic science and the general phenomenon of knowledge production in contexts of application. One implication is that graduate training should not be the exclusive prerogative of universities.

Ten years later, there are signs of such moves, including the rise of Research Centres of Excellence and Relevance, but it is not enough. With the recent interest in so-called Grand Challenges, which aim at transformation, further competences become important. One scenario (controlled speculation) about a possible pathway into the future is reluctant adaptation of graduate training in universities to the new contexts, another scenario is the growth of "niches" for graduate training in various Research Centres. A third possibility is a break with the past because of new sponsorship constellations (cf. Kuhlmann and Rip 2014).

  • Arie Rip, 'Strategic Research, Post-Modern Universities and Research Training', Higher Education Policy 17 (2004) 153-166.
  • Kuhlmann, Stefan, and Arie Rip (January 2014) The Challenge of Addressing Grand Challenges. Report to the European Research and Innovation Area Board.

Arie Rip is emeritus professor of philosophy of science and technology at the University of Twente. He was educated as a chemist, and moved into science, technology and society teaching and research in the 1970s. He has published widely, and has served on panels and advisory committees. His research and background studies have focused on (1) long-term developments of science institutions in context; and (2) technology dynamics and constructive technology assessment. Topics are universities of technology, research funding agencies, foresight studies, sociology of technology and innovation, societal aspects of nanotechnology, and responsible research and innovation.

Wednesday, 16 November 2014, 4.00–5.30 p.m. | Vogelpothsweg 78 (CDI building), room 114
Center for Higher Education (zhb)

Professorship of Higher Education


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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