University Council of Bielefeld University
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University Council

Since 1 January 2007, the law stipulates that the central body for all universities in North Rhine-Westphalia should be the University Council. On this day, the Gesetz über die Hochschulen des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen [North Rhine-Westphalia University Act] came into force in the form of the 'Freedom of Institutes of Higher Education Act'.
The University Council advises the Rektorat and oversees its management activities. Pursuant to § 21 of the Hochschulfreiheitsgesetz [University Education Act], its tasks particularly include:

  • Electing the members of the Rektorat
  • Approving the university development plan and formulating target agreements
  • Approving the budget
  • Drawing up reasoned opinions on the accounts submitted by the Rektorat and on evaluation reports
  • Drawing up reasoned opinions on issues within research, art, teaching, and studying that either concern the complete university or central departments thereof or are of fundamental importance
  • Formally approving the work carried out by the Rektorat

The University Council has the right to inspect and audit all university documents. It meets at least four times every year.
The composition of the University Council is regulated by the University constitution. In the constitution of Bielefeld University that came into force in January 2008, the Senate accordingly specified that the University Council of Bielefeld University should be composed of five external and five internal members. The Senate appointed a selection committee in which one half of the members were representatives of the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research, and Technology (MIWFT). This committee chose and elected 10 persons who were confirmed by the Senate and approved by the Ministry. During the constituent assembly of the University Council on 28 May 2008, the ten elected members of the University Council received their certificates of appointment.


In its third session on 12 September 2008, the University Council elected Heinz-Elmar Tenorth, Professor of Education Science at Humboldt University Berlin, as vice chairperson to the political scientist Dr. Annette Fugmann-Heesing from Berlin who had been elected chairperson in the first session.


Bielefeld University
Business Office of the Hochschulrat
Chair: Dr. Annette Fugmann-Heesing
Head of the Business Office: Dr. Gerd Meier

Universitätsstr. 25
D-33165 Bielefeld

+49 521-106 5000

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  September 19, 2014