Two New Vice Presidents Take Office

Category: Englisch

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Zindler (left) und Prof. Dr. Holger Paschedag (right)

The two new members of the university management elected by the University Council in May will commence their three-year term on 1 October.

Professor Klaus Zindler will commence his term as Vice President of Research in the winter semester 2019/2020. “I am especially grateful to Professor Hans-Georg Stark, who made a considerable contribution to the success of research at the Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences,” said Zindler in acknowledgement of the fruitful work done by his predecessor, who held the post since 2007. 

Professor Holger Paschedag will remain in office for the next three years as the Vice President for Academics, Teaching and Internationalisation, having been initially appointed to succeed the former incumbent Vice President and current President, Professor Eva-Maria Beck-Meuth. Holger Paschedag wishes to devote his attention to two areas in particular over the coming years. 

Continuing to improve the quality of teaching, and driving on internationalisation
Professor Paschedag sums up one of his goals as follows: “the quality of teaching at the TH Aschaffenburg has always been good, but there are now several new technical opportunities in existence that can be beneficial to us. Students continue to expect more and more in terms of teaching, which is why I wish to initiate an offensive aimed at raising teaching quality.”

“I also wish to further our activities with regard to internationalisation,” he adds. “One possible project involves enabling students to take certain subjects, either in English or with some other international relevance, which will earn them ‘international credits’. When students have attained the required number of credits, reference will be made to their attainment of a significant international orientation on their certificates. In addition to this, I wish to intensify international exchanges in both directions.” 

Building on the positive results obtained in research activities, and optimising research marketing
Professor Klaus Zindler aims to build on the positive placing that the TH Aschaffenburg attained in a national ranking of universities with a reputation for research activities. “I would be very pleased to assist any colleagues with a special interest in research by supporting them in their funding applications,” he stresses.
“Furthermore, it is my hope that we as a university will succeed in creating the necessary conditions for acquiring third-party funding now and into the future, despite the intensified statutory requirements in terms of cost calculations for industrial research and development contracts. Networking with our international partner universities in the field of science and research, stabilising the high level of cooperative doctoral procedures, and developing new ways and formats of optimising our research marketing constitute further goals that we should be jointly working towards,” says Zindler.

He goes on to point out that an important component in achieving these goals is the ABInteract project. “This is a measure that will be financed over the next two years by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The aim is to create a digital forum for internationalised networking with strategic partners in science and business, with the emphasis on international and interdisciplinary research, taking as its starting point those teaching cooperations that already exist within the university community.”

For further information about the election of the two vice presidents, please see our News Article: “Two New Vice Presidents Elected”.