The new so-called "Future of higher education act" (HZG) of North Rhine-Westphalia came into effect on 1 October 2014 issuing in many changes to the Higher Education Act (HG). Each university will have a new central organ, the University Electoral Committee. Half of this is made up of all Senate members and the other half from all members of the University Council. Members of the University Electoral Committee who are eligible to vote consist of all members of the eligible Senate members as well as external members belonging to the University Council of Bielefeld University. Members who have the right to vote will elect a chairperson from their number as well as a vice-chairperson. The University Electoral Committee meetings are open to the general public, as are the Senate meetings.
The main task of the University electoral Committee is to elect the members of the Rektorat. The University Electoral Committee elects members using the majority of votes from the body as a whole and the majority of votes from each of its two halves.
Apart from the University Electoral Committee, the main organs of the University are as stipulated by § 14 of the Higher Education Act of NRW, the Rector, the Rectorate, the University Council of Bielefeld University and the Senate.
For information in accordance with § 17 of anti-corruption law concerning the members of the University Electoral Committee of Bielefeld University, please contact Department II, Mr Nübel (Academic Affairs, office: main university building C0 268, phone: 0521-106-5227).
In consultations between the chairperson of the University Council and the chairperson of the senate, the following meetings have been planned.
Election of the Rektor on 30.04.2015, 8.30am in the Plenary Hall at ZiF
On 30.04.2015 the constituent meeting of the University Election Committee took place in the Plenary Hall at ZiF, the common committee of the Senate and the University Council of Bielefeld University combined.
At the start of the meeting, the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Committee were elected. This was followed by presentations, discussions and the election of the Rektor of Bielefeld University.
Rektor Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer was confirmed for a second term by a large majority of the members of the University Electoral Committee.
Election of Vice-Rector on 26.06.2015, 10am in the Lecture Hall E0-001 (Building X)
On 26.06.2015 the second meeting of the University Election Committee will take place in lecture theatre E0-001 at Building X, the common committee of the Senate and the University Council of Bielefeld University combined.
At the meeting the vice-rector will be elected. The candidates, who have been pre-selected by the Rektor for the office of vice-rector, will introduce themselves. Following this there will be discussions and then the election of the vice-rector of Bielefeld University.