Leipzig University elects new rector

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For the first time, a woman will head the University of Leipzig

The rector's office at Leipzig University is being filled today. For the first time in the more than 600-year history of the University of Leipzig, a woman will take over the post. Because the choice is between the 56-year-old Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dr. phil. Sabine E. Kunst, President of the University of Potsdam and the 54-year-old Prof. med. Beate A. Schücking from the University of Osnabrück decided.

Introducing the applicants One of the two applicants will succeed Prof. Franz Häuser, who has headed the University of Leipzig since 2003. Prof. Häuser had turned 65 in August and will retire this year. The applicants had already presented themselves publicly for the first time on Saturday. As part of today's rector election, one of the two is named head of the University of Leipzig for five years. The inauguration is expected to take place on December 2, the so-called "Dies academicus" (academic holiday).

Former Rector Leaves Great Footsteps The footsteps left by Professor Franz Häuser and which the applicants are to fill are a certain measure of awe. With increasing success, he had established the University of Leipzig as an outstanding educational institution in recent years. Often enough, Prof. Häuser was in dispute with the higher education policy of the Saxon state government - even when it came to the plans for a balanced offer in the higher education sector. "This mosaic", which would result from the balanced offer, "is a provincial country perspective", explained Prof. Häuser and pushed a little provocatively behind: "If we as a university are looking for international partners, then we cannot score with a balanced Saxon Format. Nobody cares about that. ”In addition, Prof. Häuser was always critical of the state government's austerity policy. Even if no savings are currently planned in the universities, the specialist fears a massive job cuts starting in 2013, which would have a negative impact on the "smaller areas" in which the University of Leipzig can look back on a good history.

Both applicants highly qualified Large tasks are waiting for one of the applicants. The résumé of both women makes them seem suitable for the position. Prof. Schücking Beate A. Schücking, who was born in 1956 and studied human medicine, is both a psychotherapist and a trained general practitioner Osnabrück active.

From 2005 to 2009 she was Vice President for Research and Promotion of Young Researchers at the University of Osnabrück and is currently Dean of Studies for Health Sciences in Osnabrück. The applicant Dr.-Ing. Art, studied biology / chemistry as well as political science / philosophy and received her doctorate in 1982 and 1990. In addition, she habilitated in 1990 at the Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying at the University of Hanover, performed several scientific activities in Hanover, Darmstadt and at the Federal Environment Agency, as well as in South Africa and Bolivia, in 1991 a teaching position in Hamburg and has been President of the University of Potsdam since 2007. Both applicants therefore have extensive experience in a wide variety of disciplines and regardless of the result of the rector election, it can already be said that the first woman at the head of Leipzig University will be highly qualified for the job in any case. (fp, 16.11.2010)

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