The Vice-Rectorate is responsible for the University’s strategic development as an “open-campus Leipzig”, in particular with regard to its profile and external positioning vis-à-vis its national and international partners, as well as with regard to interaction with the local society. Its remit also encompasses internal structural campus development, particularly with regard to the strategic development of research buildings, and academic infrastructure development. Furthermore, the Vice-Rectorate manages the universal task of internationalisation in all performance markers.

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Professor Matthias Middell, Vice-Rector for Campus Development: Cooperation and Internationalisation, Photo: Christian Hüller


  • Since April 2022
    Vice-Rector for Campus Development: Cooperation and Internationalisation
  • 2020–2022
    Director of the Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics
  • Since 2020
    Board member of the International Commission for Philosophy and the Humanities (CIPSH)
  • Since 2016
    Spokesperson of Collaborative Research Centre 1199 “Processes of Respatialization under the Global Condition” (funded by the German Research Foundation, DFG)
  • Since 2016
    Co-spokesperson of the Leibniz-ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe – Global Area”
  • Since 2015
    Board member of the International Committee for Historical Sciences
  • 2015–2020
  • Member of DFG Review Board 106
  • 2014–2022
    Director of Leipzig Universitys Centre for the Study of France and the Francophonie (FZL)
  • 2013–2022
    Director of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies at the Research Academy Leipzig
  • 2011
    Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Wassenaar
  • 2008–2022
    Director of the Global and European Studies Institute and spokesperson of the Erasmus Mundus Consortium “Global Studies – A European Perspective”.
  • Since 2008
    Professor of cultural history, Leipzig University
  • 2007–2008
    Fulbright Distinguished Professor in Transnational History, Duke University, US
  • 2002
    Habilitation with a study on world historiography in the 20th century, Leipzig University
  • 1999–2002
    Deputy Spokesperson of Collaborative Research Centre 417 “Identification with the Region. The Case of Saxony”
  • 1994–2008
    Acting Director of the Centre for Advanced Study at Leipzig University
  • 1989
    PhD degree (general history), Leipzig University
  • 1981–1985
    History studies at Leipzig University

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