It was officially founded in 1971 but the original institute, the “Königliche Werkmeisterschule für Maschinenbauer”, was established in 1890. Nevertheless, the fundamental concept has remained unchanged throughout the years: study and teaching geared towards practical problem-solving, taught by highly experienced professors, cementing the link between theory and practice. True to this philosophy, the university offers over 50 study options, in seven different faculties: applied social sciences, architecture, design, computer sciences, economics, engineering, information technology and electrical engineering. More than 12,500 students are currently enrolled at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The world is changing – and so does a modern university
Versatile, interdisciplinary and practical – this is the guiding principle for research at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Approximately 200 researchers work on projects in a wide range subjects. Innovation is created by the interaction between science and economics, and it is therefore not surprising that 95 % of all research is in cooperation with external partners. This provides diverse benefits, particular for our students. Our Vice-Rector for Research, Development and Transfer, Prof. Dr. Andrea Kienle believes that students who have worked in such research projects are particularly attractive as potential employees for private and public employers. With easy access to research facilities, Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts is a very attractive partner for small and medium-sized businesses in Dortmund and the surrounding region. A network based on mutual exchange means mutual benefits for all concerned.
From the university out into the world, from the world to the university: This characterizes international diversity at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Irrespective of where our students come from, whether Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba or Ukraine, they all help shape the international profile of Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. “The university thrives on the cultural variety of our students,” – says Gisela Moser, lecturer for Student Services and International Affairs. The other side of internationality means awakening potential. The goal is to motivate students to go abroad for at least one semester. By going abroad, students improve their language skills, develop intercultural competences and develop their own personality.
We are committed to supporting both students and staff in achieving an equitable balance between studies, professional and family life. This is not just a question of a good and reliable child care but also finance, and the organization of study and work. With a helpdesk and central office, the family supports and advises students and staff on such issues. The service can also provide help with arranging home care and study or business matters.
Study or vocational training? This is the question a lot of young people have to answer when they are about to leave school. At Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts the answer could be both! The combined studies programme integrates studying for a Bachelor at the university and vocational training in a company. The advantages are explained by Prof. Dr. Sabine Sachweh, study coordinator for “Softwaretechnik”: “The theoretical lessons go hand in hand with practical education. Moreover, the transition to working life is already done and most of these students hope to take a job in the same company after finishing their combined studies course.” The company pays the usual salary and thus supports studying at the same time. At the end of seven to nine semesters you have two professional qualifications: vocational training certified by the IHK or HWK and a Bachelor from Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts.