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New University Council Elected
The University Council advises the Rectorate and conducts oversight over its management. A new board, with a new composition, has now been elected.
The Senate of the University of Siegen was responsible for the new appointment of the University Council. During its session on 20 September 2023, the Senate confirmed the proposed list of members of the new University Council.
The new University Council is composed of
the following external members (alphabetical order)
Prof. Dr. Barbara M. Kehm,
Arndt G. Kirchhoff,
Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Risch and
as well as internal members
Prof. Dr. Peter Haring Bolívar (Faculty IV),
Prof. Dr. (retired) Hildegard Schröteler-von Brandt (Faculty II),
Prof. Dr. Friederike Welter (Faculty III) and
Prof. Dr. Niels Werber (Faculty I).
The list was composed by a selection committee comprising two members of the Senate, two members of the University Council, and one representative of the Ministry for Culture and Science (MKW). It was chaired by Prof. Giuseppe Strina. The University Council comprises ten members, of whom at least five must be external to the university.
The next step is for the university to inform the ministry and request approval. If the MKW offers approval (as specified in § 21(4) p. 5 of the Higher Education Act), then the ministry issues certificates of appointment. The university then negotiates with the MKW about how these are to be conveyed. Once presented by the MKW, the new University Council is then officially empowered. The Council’s term runs until 29 January 2028.
The University Council is a central organ at the University of Siegen. It advises the Rectorate and conducts oversight over its management. Among its responsibilities are participation in the selection of members of the Rectorate at the university electoral assembly, approval of the draft university development plan, draft agreements on objectives, and the issuance of opinions on matters related to research, instruction, and study of relevance or central importance to the entire university or central institutions.