MentorInn: Interdisciplinary mentoring for innovation
Together with university-internal partners at TU Dortmund University (Prof. Flatten, Prof. Strese, JProf. Hensellek and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Transfer) and regional partners from the University of Duisburg-Essen (Prof. Winther, Prof. Stieglitz and Mr. Altenschmidt) and Ruhr University Bochum (Prof. Pöppelbuß, Prof. Meske and the Makerspace respectively the Worldfactory), the team of the Professorship for Digital Transfsormation innovates university teaching in the field of Design Thinking.
The consortium bundles its expertise within the University Alliance Ruhr in a joint framework program for design thinking courses at the universities involved. The existing resources of the project partners already offer great potential for the teaching and application of Design Thinking. The joint conception of an overarching module aims to achieve synergy effects and offer more diverse opportunities for student teams. Here, the central concept of mentoring is relied upon within a structured innovation process. Especially in the context of higher education, "Academic Mentoring" shows a great and positive correlation with performance, career as well as engagement. Our project provides for the linking of a continuous and expert-bound mentoring offer along the innovation approach Design Thinking. Students get the chance to work on challenges from practice and society in an entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary way. The digitization trend, but above all social and societal issues such as sustainability goals, offer great innovation potential.
The research project is funded by the Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre. The project duration is 12 months from 09.2022 to 08.2023.
Contact person for questions or cooperation offers is: Kay Hönemann
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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 North to Campus South by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus North 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 20 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.
The departments 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".
Street navigation from and to the TU Dortmund University:
The document and the graphic represent the motorways and federal highways around the TU Dortmund University in a very simplified way:
This interactive map helps you find and navigate between facilities and buildings on campus:
This document contains a simple campus map in German and English: