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Contributing to the decision-making process

The University Council is involved in all decisions which are significant for the entire University. This includes development planning, the structure of the University, the introduction of new degree programmes, policy issues and budget priorities. The University Council is also responsible for appointing the President of the University and the Vice Presidents.

It consists of the elected members of the Senate and important figures from academia, culture and industry. The Executive Board, the women’s representative and the doctoral candidates’ representative participate in its meetings in an advisory capacity. A representative of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts is invited to the meetings.

External members

Roland Auschel (image: adidas-Group/Hanna Hlavacek)

Roland Auschel (image: adidas-Group/Hanna Hlavacek)

Roland Auschel, who has a Diplom in Business Administration, a BA in European Business Studies (UK) and an MBA (USA), began his career at adidas in strategic planning, later taking on management positions in the company at the regional and global levels. His previous positions include business unit manager, key account manager Europe, managing director market central and head of region Europe, Middle East and Africa. He became chief sales officer for multichannel markets in 2007. He is currently a member of the executive board of adidas AG in Herzogenaurach. Roland Auschel represents FAU’s involvement with companies in the region and its regional, national and international contacts to global players in industry.

Walter Bockshecker (image: Nürnberger)

Walter Bockshecker (image: Nürnberger)

After studying vocational education teaching at Universität der Bundeswehr München, Walter Bockshecker spent seven years in the Bundeswehr, during which time he held various positions. In 1990, he moved to the German Insurance Association for Vocational Education and Training (BWV), where he later became managing director. In addition, he was managing director of the newly established Deutsche Versicherungsakademie (DVA) for three years, starting in 2001. Walter Bockshecker has been a member of the executive board of NÜRNBERGER Versicherungsgruppe since 2004, where he is responsible for human resources and welfare, as well as materials management. He has also been chairman of the board of directors at NÜRNBERGER Communication Center GmbH since 2013 and chairman of the supervisory board at NÜRNBERGER SofortService AG since 2014. He is also holds several voluntary positions as a member of the executive board of the German Insurance Association for Vocational Education and Training (BWV), chairman of the executive board of BWV Nordbayern-Thüringen and deputy chairman of Forum V. Walter Bockshecker represents the strength of the insurance industry in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region and its strong ties to FAU.

Prof. Dr. Carola Jäggi (image: F. Brüderli)

Prof. Dr. Carola Jäggi (image: F. Brüderli)

Prof. Dr. Carola Jäggi, born in Winterthur, Switzerland, studied art history, various disciplines of archaeology and ethnology at the universities of Basel, Zurich, Freiburg im Breisgau and Bonn. She obtained her doctorate in 1995. Carola Jäggi has held positions as a doctoral thesis scholar of the Max Planck Society at Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, as a freelancer at the archaeological specialist institute Kantonsarchäologie in Zurich and as a research fellow at the University of Basel. In mid-2000, she took on a temporary C1 position at the Institute of History and Art History at Technische Universität Berlin for one and a half years. From 2002 to March 2013, Carola Jäggi was Chair of Christian Archaeology and Art History at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology at FAU. She also acted as Women’s Representative and Dean of Studies. Since April 2013, Prof. Dr. Carola Jäggi has been Professor of Medieval Art History and Archaeology of the Early Christian and High and Late Medieval Period at the University of Zurich.
In the University Council, Prof. Dr. Carola Jäggi can draw on the extensive experience which she has gathered at various universities.

Peter Kurz (image: LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung Co. KG/Karin Prussak)

Peter Kurz (image: LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung Co. KG/Karin Prussak)

Peter Kurz is chairman of LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG in Fürth, an international group which is a global leader in transfer and coating technology and has 4500 employees. KURZ manufacturers and sells decorative and functional hot stamping foils for a wide range of applications. After studying business studies at the European Business School in Frankfurt, Paris and London, Peter Kurz became the fourth-generation managing director of the family company. In addition to this role, he is also a voluntary member of the executive board of Arbeitgeberverband der Bayerischen Chemischen Industrie. Peter Kurz was previously a member of FAU’s Advisory Board. By making him a member of the University Council, the University hopes to benefit further from his expertise and include a representative of SMEs/hidden champions in industry in the University Council.

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Müller

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Müller (image: private)

Prof. Müller, former rector of the University of Bremen and Higher Education Manager of the Year 2012, was born in Schleswig-Holstein in 1945. After completing a Diplom in chemistry while also studying philosophy at Kiel University, he studied education science, sociology and philosophy at Universität Hamburg, where he later completed his doctoral degree (Dr. phil.). He was a research assistant at Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Hochschuldidaktik (IZHD) at Universität Hamburg and an assistant professor of training and education for scientists and engineers at the University of Bremen, before being appointed as a permanent professor for the professional practice of engineers and technical innovation processes/social technology research at the latter in 1979. He previously contributed his comprehensive knowledge of higher education management gained through his positions as vice rector and rector of the University of Bremen, as well as vice president of HRK and speaker of the Association of North German Universities, during the structural evaluation of FAU’s Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology. His experience in science management and his broad academic background mean he is in an excellent position to provide support to a full university such as FAU.

Prof. Dr. Benno Nigg (image: private)

Prof. Dr. Benno Nigg (image: private)

Born in Switzerland, Prof. Nigg studied nuclear physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). He began his career in biomechanics in 1971 and became director of the biomechanics laboratory at ETH Zurich in 1976. In 1981, he moved to the University of Calgary, where he established and developed the Human Performance Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research centre with 180 researchers working on research into the human body and how it moves. The goal of this work is to improve mobility and quality of life. Prof. Nigg has received numerous prizes and awards for his research, including the Olympic Order, an honorary doctorate from the University of Salzburg and an honorary professorship at the Shanghai University of Sport. His experience as a dean at the University of Calgary in Canada, which is comparable to FAU, his work as a member of the Alberta Economic Development Authority, a think tank of the Alberta provincial government, and his practical experience in developing and managing spin-offs are incredibly valuable for FAU.

Prof. Dr. Margit Osterloh (Image: Bild: Reto Schlatter)

Prof. Dr. Margit Osterloh (Image: Bild: Reto Schlatter)

Margit Osterloh studies industrial engineering and management at Technische Universität Berlin, completing her Diplom in 1970. She then spent several years working for a medium-sized company in Nuremberg as an assistant to the director. She received a scholarship from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development from 1976 to 1981 and was awarded her doctoral degree by Freie Universität Berlin in 1981. Margit Osterloh completed her habilitation at FAU in 1990. She spent some time as a professor of human resources at the University of Lüneburg before being appointed as a professor at the University of Zurich. She became chair of business administration at the University of Zurich in 1991. She has held various research fellowships at institutions such as the University of Canberra in Australia and the Institute for Advanced Study Collegium Budapest, and spent time as a visiting professor at the University of Vienna. She was professor of management science at Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick, UK, from 2010 to 2013. Margit Osterloh has an honorary doctorate from the University of Lüneburg and was a member of the German Council of Science and Humanities until 2011. As part of her academic work, Margit Osterloh is involved in a wide range of committees and boards. FAU benefits from her international experience in academia and science management, and the expertise in business administration that she brings to the University Council.

Prof. Dr. Josef M. Pfeilschifter

Prof. Dr. Josef M. Pfeilschifter

Prof. Dr. Pfeilschifter, born in Windischbergerdorf, studied medicine and philosophy at the University of Regensburg and Technische Universität München, where he also obtained his doctorate in 1982. Following his research fellowships at the University of Regensburg and the University of Zurich, he joined the company Ciba-Geigy AG in Basel in 1987, where he worked as a research associate for four years. His Habilitation in biochemical pharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Basel followed in 1990. Here, he became an associate professor for pharmacology and toxicology in 1992. In 1993, he was awarded the Franz Volhard Prize of the German Nephrology Society. Since November 1996, he has been a C4 professor and director of the Institute of General Pharmacology and Toxicology at Goethe University Frankfurt. He has received offers for prestigious appointments from the universities in Tübingen, Munich, Regensburg and Jena, but decided to stay at Goethe University Frankfurt. Since May 2002, he has been dean of the School of Medicine there. He has also been deputy chairman of the Paul Ehrlich Foundation since 2002. Prof. Pfeilschifter is a member of the research society Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft an der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (since 2000), the Physiology and Medicine section of Academia Europaea (since 2000) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (since 2004). He is a member of the steering committee of Medizinischer Fakultätentag (the association of medical schools in Germany), vice president of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers, and also has various functions at DFG. FAU benefits from Professor Pfeilschifter’s expertise in the areas of science and science management. In the University Council he provides medical expertise.

Prof. Dr. Hermann Requardt

Prof. Dr. Hermann Requardt

Prof. Dr. Requardt studied physics at Technische Universität Darmstadt and at Goethe University Frankfurt. Following his doctoral degree and two years as a research fellow at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine at the German Centre for Aeronautics and Space Research (DLR) he joined Siemens AG in 1984. After working in several areas of the Medical Engineering Group he became a member of the Group Executive Management of the Medical Solutions Group in January 2001. Hermann Requardt was a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG from 2006 to early 2015. He was initially head of Corporate Technology and was then CEO of the Healthcare sector from 2008 to 2015. In 2006, he was made an honorary professor of Goethe University Frankfurt. Professor Requardt represents relations with Siemens, an important partner of FAU, particularly in the area of medical engineering.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wilhelm

Ulrich Wilhelm

Ulrich Wilhelm finished his degree in journalism (Redakteursdiplom) at Deutsche Journalistenschule in 1983. He studied law at the universities in Passau and Munich. During his degree he worked as a freelance journalist, his last position was in the chief editorial office of Bayerischer Rundfunk. In 1991, he entered public service as a fully qualified lawyer, initially working at the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior. In 1993, Ulrich Wilhelm started working for the Bavarian State Chancellery. In 1999, he became the press spokesman of the Bavarian Prime Minister and the Bavarian government. In 2004, he became head of the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts. In 2005, he became head of the German government’s Press and Information Office and government spokesperson with the rank of permanent state secretary in Berlin. In May 2010, he was elected director of Bayerischer Rundfunk by the broadcasting council with 40 out of 44 votes. He resigned from all of his government posts and took up his position as director of Bayerischer Rundfunk in February 2011. Ulrich Wilhelm represents high-profile media on FAU’s University Council.

Members of the Senate with voting rights

Beratende Mitglieder

Advisory members

Co-ordination