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A unique skill set in data science and social sciences

Graduate training

A major goal of FAIR is the development of a modular qualification program in data sciences and statistics, which will be integrated in various graduate training programs, e.g. at the Center for Research on Education and School Development and the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. The conception and implementation of a joint postgraduate training program in the field of quantitative methods for dealing with large data sets or small case numbers for social science oriented questions aims at establishing sustainable methodological knowledge at TU Dortmund University. Modular teaching materials are being designed across faculty boundaries and their use is being evaluated within the structured PhD programs of the participating faculties. 

Upon integration into the postgraduate training, the program will be improved continuously. The quality standards are assessed through formative and summative evaluation with students, and people responsible for teaching and doctoral training, culminating in an agile adaptation and reevaluation of the material. It is planned to extend the graduate training to other social and cultural science areas.

The joint methodological qualification of (post-)graduate students thus ensures a reliable, systematic and interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge and leads to an institutional anchoring of FAIR in teaching programs at TU Dortmund University.

Location & approach

The campus of the TU Dortmund University is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus.  The university is signposted at both exits. All FAIR PIs have offices on the North Campus. FAIR's main offices will be located a bit off the North Campus on Martin-Schmeisser-Weg 17 (parking behind the building).

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 15 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Verkehrsverbundes Rhein-Ruhr, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

From Dortmund Airport, the AirportExpress takes just over 20 minutes to Dortmund main station and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.