Vice Presidents elected
After Professor Simone Fulda took up office as President of Kiel University (CAU) last Thursday, 1 October, three Vice Presidents have now been elected. The University Senate followed Simone Fulda’s nomination and, on Wednesday 7 October, elected Professor Nele Matz-Lück as well as Professor Markus Hundt and Professor Eckhard Quandt. Together with Chancellor Claudia Ricarda Meyer, they form Kiel University's five-member University Board with immediate effect. The Vice Presidents will serve a term in office of three years.
Fulda and Meyer warmly congratulated the new University Board members on their election. “The CAU’s new University Board is now complete! I would like to thank the University Senate for following my nomination and for the trust it has thus shown in us. Many thanks also to Ms Matz-Lück, Mr Quandt and Mr Hundt for standing for office. Together we will achieve a lot!” said Fulda. “I am looking forward to working together on the new University Board! We will now be able to meet the new challenges facing us, not just in the coming hybrid winter semester, at full strength,” added Meyer.
The office of Vice President for studying & teaching as well as continuing professional development is to be represented by Professor Dr Markus Hundt. The 55 year-old specialist in German studies studied at the universities of Tübingen and Freiburg im Breisgau, where first he passed the “Staatsexamen Lehramt an Gymnasien” (state examination in studies in secondary education) and then the “Magisterexamen” (Magister degree examination). In 1994, he was awarded the Hermann Paul Prize from the University of Freiburg for his doctoral degree on “Modellbildung in der Wirtschaftssprache” (modelling in economic terms). He then took up a teaching position in Freiburg and became a research assistant at Technische Universität Dresden. In 1999, he completed his habilitation in the specialist field of “Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft” (German linguistics), was granted authorisation to teach as a university lecturer and took up deputy professorships at Technische Universität Chemnitz, at Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt an der Oder and finally, in 2006, at Kiel University. On 1 October 2006, he was appointed Professor of German Philology / German Linguistics at the Institute of German Studies at Kiel University. He took on an active role in academic self-governance and teaching organisation at Kiel University. For several years he was, among other things, a member of the Study Committee at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and on the Central Committee for Teacher Training at Kiel University. In addition, since 2008, he has worked as a liaison lecturer of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), Germany’s oldest provider of scholarships for outstanding students. From 2010 to 2014, Markus Hundt was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Kiel University and, from 2016 to 2020, deputy member of the University Senate.
Hundt plans to actively incorporate his wide-ranging experiences into his role as Vice President: “Along with research, academic teaching forms the core of what constitutes a university. It is therefore important to regard research and teaching as interconnected areas looking for answers to current social issues and problems. As a contribution to this, I would like to strengthen, expand and enhance the areas of studying, teaching and continuing professional development.”
The office of Vice President for international affairs, young researchers, equality and diversity is to be represented by Professor Dr Nele Matz-Lück, LL.M (46). Since 2011, she has been Chair of Public Law specialising in international law, in particular, maritime law, at Kiel University as well as co-director of the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law. She is also spokesperson for the Future Ocean network and was a member of the steering group of the university's priority research area Kiel Marine Science for several years. She held the position of Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Between 2013 and 2018 she was also Adjunct Professor at K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea at the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsö. Since 2018 she has been a member of the Schleswig-Holstein regional constitutional court. Before her appointment at Kiel University, she worked as a research advisor at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. During this time she was also seconded for two years as a research associate at the Federal Constitutional Court. In 2003, in Heidelberg, Nele Matz-Lück graduated with a doctoral degree in international law and completed her habilitation there, too. As well as passing the first and second state examinations in law, she completed an interdisciplinary LL.M. degree programme at the University of Aberystwyth, Wales, in “Environmental Law and Management”. In addition to international maritime law, her research and publication activities focus on international environmental law and international treaty law.
As Vice President, Matz-Lück will be responsible for various interdisciplinary subjects connecting the university’s central tasks: “Being an excellent university means not only producing outstanding achievements in research, teaching and transfer, but also creating the corresponding framework conditions for internationalisation, promotion of young researchers, equality and diversity. I see it as my job on the University Board to represent these interdisciplinary subjects in a way that enables us to work together to produce strategies and structures that can then be implemented across the whole university.”
The office of Vice President for research, transfer, scientific infrastructure, digitalisation is to be represented by Professor Dr-Ing. Eckhard Quandt (60). His appointment marks the first time the fields of digitalisation and scientific infrastructure are to be embodied by a Vice President. In 1979, Quandt began studying at Kiel University and, in 1980, switched to a physics degree at Technische Universität Berlin, where he completed his doctoral degree in 1990. In 2000, he completed his habilitation in materials science at Universität Karlsruhe. After his doctoral degree, he worked in materials science at the Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe (KfK, Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center) until 1999 and at the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (caesar) in Bonn until 2007. In December 2006, he was offered the W3 professorship for inorganic functional materials at the Faculty of Engineering at Kiel University. At the CAU, from 2009 to 2012, he was spokesperson of the priority research area “Nano Science and Surface Research”, from 2010 to 2014, he was spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre 855 “Magnetoelectric Composites” and, from 2010 to 2012, member of the University Senate at Kiel University. From 2012 to 2014, he was firstly Vice Dean and then, from 2014 to 2016, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Since 2016 he has been spokesperson of the Collaborative Research Centre 1261 “Magnetoelectronic Sensors”. In 2016, he received personal funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for a five-year Reinhart Koselleck project to research ceramic shape memory materials. In 2018, together with the start-up Acquandas GmbH, he was awarded 1st prize for the Petersen Innovation Transfer Award for an “innovative technology platform for new bioelectronic and microtechnological medical technology products”. He was a member of the "Materials Science" review board of the German Research Foundation (DFG) for two terms of office and is a member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).
On his election as Vice President of Kiel University, Quandt said: “Innovations that are achieved through excellent research at universities are a crucial foundation of successful solutions for major social issues. As a result of this, in my future position, I am very much looking forward to being able to provide stimulus for this and helping to create the best possible conditions for successful research and transfer into applications as well as into society.”