‘We are delighted with the decision made by the Cabinet in its meeting today in favour of our planned site development,’ says Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger, President of FAU. ‘It is a big step towards making our ‘Vision FAU 2030′ concept a reality, as it means that we have the go-ahead for our plans. Thanks to the Council of Ministers’ decision, negotiations regarding the purchase of the former AEG site can begin and we can then develop our plans for the move.’
For researchers and students a key benefit of these plans is that the various parts of the Faculty of Engineering which are currently spread out across almost 30 locations in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region would be brought together on two large sites, considerably reducing the time needed to travel between locations. It would also mean greater opportunities for creative discussion and an exchange of ideas. After the move, around half of the Faculty of Engineering’s students would be based at the former AEG site.
Similarly, the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology’s planned move into the Himbeerpalast building and adjacent buildings would result in the Faculty being concentrated on one large site. Furthermore, the smaller subject libraries would be replaced by a faculty library at the new location. ‘This would also solve the problem of the large amount of renovation work required at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, and we would no longer need to rent as much space in the city centre as we have done until now,’ explains Hornegger. The move to the new site in Erlangen would also benefit the departments involved in teacher training, as resources would be concentrated in one place.