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Page: /about-hrw/leadership/executive-board/
Date: 22.01.2021, 19:39Clock

Executive Board

HRW / Köhring

President: Prof Dr-Ing Susanne Staude

Together with my colleagues in the President’s Office, I want to move the university forward and further expand its existing strengths. In the years ahead, we want to keep pursuing our vision of being the region’s most modern university – boasting innovative teaching methods and interdisciplinary degree programmes, service-oriented processes, creative colleagues and qualified graduates, who can be proud of their achievements and who are sought after by the region’s employers. In this way, Ruhr West can help make the western Ruhr area ready to meet the challenges of the future. Our ambitions are reflected in our planning principles:

  • Ruhr West pursues high-quality, interdisciplinary learning, teaching and research in the STEM fields and in business administration.
  • Teaching/learning and applied research are well connected and interdependent.
  • The actions of Ruhr West are guided by diversity and society.
  • Ruhr West serves as an attractive partner in the region and for the region.

Head of Administration and Services: Helmut Köstermenke

‘In the future, Ruhr West will concentrate even more on the core issue of quality in teaching and students’ overall academic experience. To do so, we must work on topics such as quality management systems, diversity management, sustainability and staff development, and we must get everybody to work in concert. I see my work situated at the intersection of academics and services, and I see my actions as supporting the core issue of academic quality and service orientation as the basis for making Ruhr West a modern university for the future.’

Vice President Research and Transfer: Prof Dr Oliver Koch

‘Research activities are a way for our university to document its innovative power and its commitment to the future of this region and beyond. By linking the university to employers, schools and other regional institutions, we make sure that both our degree programmes and our research are based on regional needs. Integrating students in research projects as part of research-oriented teaching programmes makes them valuable employees for industry.’

Vice President for Innovation in Teaching: Prof. Dr. François Deuber

‘To many students, beginning their studies at Ruhr West is a big step into the new world of academics – a world both unfamiliar and exciting. In their new role, students are responsible for their own success. But Ruhr West can support them as they enter university life by providing a respectful welcoming culture and customised support services.’

Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Students: Prof Dr Marion Gelien

‘What I would like to see at Ruhr West is a culture in which excellent teaching is the top priority for all instructors. To achieve this, it is my important responsibility to support our teaching staff with training opportunities in university-level teaching. Ruhr West has many young professors. This is an opportunity for us to introduce and implement new teaching methods. I want to create incentives for teachers to try something new. My goal is to create degree programmes that work based on modern teaching methods, enabling students to enjoy their studies and complete them successfully. Another key goal of my work is to make our STEM programmes more appealing to young women.’