Under the Saxon Freedom of Higher Education Act (SächsHSFG), the University Council is a central committee of our university. It gives recommendations for developing Leipzig University’s profile and improving its performance and competitiveness, taking into account the development planning of the Free State of Saxony and the agreed targets.

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Members of the University Council. From left: Walter Kühme (SMWK), Siegfried Bülow, Friederike Fless, Rainer Ambrosy, Hans-Gerhard Husung, Annette Beck-Sickinger, Birgit Munz, Volker Gruhn, Jörg Junhold, Ekkehard...

Tasks

The University Council is an advisory and control committee of our university, participating in strategy formation as well as structural and development planning. Working on a voluntary basis, its members contribute their experience from academia and research, from science management and science policy as well as from the private sector. The University Council meets at least twice a semester. Its meetings are not open to the public.

The responsibilities of the University Council are set forth in Section 86 of the Saxon Freedom of Higher Education Act (SächsHSFG):

  • preparation of a proposal for the election of the Rector
  • application to the Extended Senate for the Rector to be voted out of office
  • confirmation of the Extended Senate’s vote to remove the Rector from office
  • approval of the Rector’s proposal for the appointment of the Head of Administration and Finance
  • approval of the University’s development planning, draft business plan and annual financial statements
  • formulation of principles for the use of posts and resources and the use of reserves
  • statement on the Rectorate’s annual report
  • approval of the activities of the Rectorate
  • statement before the conclusion of target agreements
  • statement on the establishment of, major changes to, and the discontinuation of study programmes.

Members of the University Council

Members are appointed on a pro rata basis by the Senate and the State Ministry of Science and the Arts for a term of five years.

Chairperson

Dr Hans-Gerhard Husung

Dr Hans-Gerhard Husung

Former State Secretary for Science and Research in the Berlin Senate Administration for Education, Young People and Science and former Secretary General of the Joint Science Conference (GKW)

Deputy Chairwoman

Professor Annette Beck-Sickinger

Professor Annette Beck-Sickinger

Deputy director of the Institute of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Life Sciences

Members

Dr Rainer Ambrosy

Dr Rainer Ambrosy

Head of Administration at the University of Duisburg-Essen

Professor Ekkehard Becker-Eberhard

Professor Ekkehard Becker-Eberhard

Director of the Institute for the Legal Profession at the Faculty of Law

 Siegfried Bülow

Siegfried Bülow

Former Managing Director of Porsche Leipzig GmbH

Professor Friederike Fless

Professor Friederike Fless

President of the German Archaeological Institute

Prof. Dr. Volker Gruhn

Prof. Dr. Volker Gruhn

Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board at adesso AG

Professor Jörg Junhold

Professor Jörg Junhold

Director of Leipzig Zoological Garden and Managing Director of Zoo Leipzig GmbH

 Birgit Munz

Birgit Munz

Vizepräsidentin des Oberlandesgerichts Dresden, Präsidentin des Verfassungsgerichtshofes Sachsen

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