1. June 2023 | Magazine:

Valuable external expertise for university development University Council bid farewell

Whether it is the consequences for university operations due to the Corona pandemic, the digitalisation of administrative services, the University Development Initiative 2030, the measures to deal with the energy crisis or the development of student numbers: Since 2019, the current University Council has manoeuvred Technische Universität Braunschweig through difficult times with its advice on the challenges of the past four years and set important parameters for the future. In its last meeting on 31 May, the members of the University Council were bid farewell and their work was acknowledged.

The outgoing University Council with advisors: (from left) Fenja Arendt (student), Prof. Monika Schäfer-Korting, Prof. Dr. Tina Cornelius-Krügel, Prof. Dr. Ute Daniel, Prof. Dr. Lothar Hagebölling, Gabriela Schimmel-Radmacher, Petra Eimbeck (Staff Council) and Ulrike Wrobel (Equal Opportunities Officer). Photo credit: Madeleine Franke/TU Braunschweig

The term of office of the current University Council ends by rotation after four years on 31 May 2023. During this time, the University Council met a total of 20 times in a wide variety of formats, digitally, hybrid, in presence or as a telephone conference, due to the pandemic conditions. The most important topics that the members dealt with were the positions on the appointment of the President, the appointment of the part-time Vice-Presidents and the appointment of the full-time Vice President for Digitalisation and Sustainability.

The Executive Board bid farewell and thanks to the members of the University Council for the term of office 2019 to 2023:  Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Prof. Ute Daniel, Institute of History as representative of the University, Prof. Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann, retired Chairman of the Executive Board of Salzgitter AG, Prof. Lothar Hagebölling, retired State Secretary, Prof. Tina Cornelius-Krügel, Head of Department at the Ministry of Science and Culture representing the ministry, Prof. Monika Schäfer-Korting, retired Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Free University of Berlin, and Gabriela Schimmel-Radmacher, Head of Corporate Communications Öffentliche Versicherung Braunschweig.

“Our sincere thanks go to the members of our University Council for their successful work. They have accompanied and advised TU Braunschweig with knowledge and commitment over the last four years. The perspectives they have brought have been particularly valuable for the enormous challenges we have had to overcome as a university during this time,” says President Angela Ittel. “The members of the University Council were important sources of inspiration for us as a university, especially for the exchange with business and society that is so important for us. The entire TU Braunschweig owes a great debt of gratitude to the members of the University Council, and I personally would also like to thank them for allowing us to benefit from their different experiences and expertise.”

Special thanks went to the Chairman of the University Council Prof. Dr. Lothar Hagebölling, whose extraordinary commitment accompanied and significantly supported TU Braunschweig in its development, especially during the crisis-ridden years.

The outgoing University Council with the Executive Board and advisors. Photo credit: Madeleine Franke/TU Braunschweig

About the University Council

As a body, the University Council advises the Executive Board and the Senate of TU Braunschweig and gives its opinion on the developmental and economic plans, on the establishment of or participation in companies and on the drafts of the target agreements with the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture. The University Council confirms the Senate’s proposal for the nomination, appointment or dismissal of members of the Executive Board. In addition, the University Council has the task of reaching agreement on appointment proposals to fill professorships. The University Council is also entitled to request information from the Executive Board and the Senate on all matters concerning the university. The tasks of the University Council are regulated in the Niedersachsen Hochschulgesetz (Lower Saxony Higher Education Act) § 52.