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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ulrich Teichler

(Former Director of INCHER-Kassel, Germany)

Potentials and Challenges of Comparative Surveys of the Academic Profession

Comparative surveys of the academic profession have been undertaken for the first time in 1992 (The "Carnegie" survey) with more than a dozen countries and between 2007 and 2010 (The "Changing Academic Profession" survey and the "Academic Profession in Europe" survey) with more than 20 countries. Some identical or similar questions were included and some countries participated in both surveys – thus providing the opportunity to undertake an analysis of change over time. Other questions varied in order to allow an in-depth analysis of current salient issues (first: "The academic profession under pressure"; subsequently: "The role of strong managerial power", "Increasing expectation of relevance" and "Internationalisation". Since 2014, preparations are underway to undertake a third survey in 2017 with almost 30 countries being interested to participate – and hopefully more than 20 countries successful in raising the necessary funds and forming a competent team of researchers. Again, some questions will be repeated to measure change over time, while "Higher education in the knowledge society" and "The formative years of scholars" will be new areas of emphasis. It is hoped that a reflection of theoretical and methodological strengths and weaknesses of prior studies will lead to qualitative improvement of this area of higher education research.

Ulrich Teichler was Professor at the University of Kassel from 1978 to 2013 and for many years Director of the International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER-Kassel). He has held professorships at Northwestern University (USA), the College of Europe (Belgium) and the University of Hiroshima (Japan) and has also been active in teaching in Germany, Argentina, China, Norway and Austria. Prof. Teichler has published over 1000 scientific papers. His research focuses on higher education and profession, structural development of higher education, international cooperation and mobility, and the teaching profession.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016, 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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