Professor Dr. Ulrich Radtke from the University of Duisburg-Essen is University Manager of the Year 2015
Professor Dr. Ulrich Radtke, Rector of the University of Duisburg-Essen, is “University Manager of the Year 2015”(Hochschulmanager des Jahres). The title is awarded by the CHE in collaboration with the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT. The aim of the award is to pay tribute to managers of German higher education institutions who have shaped the success of their HEI with outstanding leadership and promoted far-reaching reforms. The award ceremony took place today during the ZEIT conference “Hochschule & Bildung” in Berlin.
“The University of Duisburg-Essen is rising to the grand social challenges of our time,” stated Svenja Schulze, Minister of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, in her laudatory speech at the award ceremony, also underlining aspects such as how the university deals with the diversity of the student body. “The University of Duisburg-Essen identified the potential offered by this diversity at an early stage, and responded by introducing targeted support measures. By establishing Germany’s first Prorectorate for Diversity Management and implementing many target group-oriented projects and initiatives, the university undoubtedly takes the lead when it comes to equal opportunities and educational equity. Professor Radtke was instrumental in accelerating these measures with great motivation and passionate conviction.”
(from left) Marion Schmidt, Head of University Development and Strategic Communication, COGNOS AG, Professor Dr. Ulrich Radtke, University Manager of the Year 2015, Svenja Schulze, Minister of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Professor Dr. Frank Ziegele, Executive Director of the CHE Centrum for Higher Education, during the presentation of the award at the ZEIT conference. (Credit: Phil Dera for DIE ZEIT)
“It is also due to him that the university is now so strong in research and has a good network in the region. He is also committed to achieving fair prospects for young academics in an exemplary manner,“ emphasised Professor Dr. Frank Ziegele, Executive Director of the CHE Centre for Higher Education, and jury member.
Radtke’s leadership style and the successes achieved by his university enabled him to come out tops in the multi-stage selection procedure in the search for the University Manager of the Year. First of all, each German HEI was analysed to find out which universities performed strongly in the areas of research and teaching, internationalisation and the “Third Mission”, i.e. services that go beyond teaching and research, such as technology transfer, continuing education and the university’s social or regional commitment.
As in previous years, successful change processes at the HEIs were a decisive factor in the preselection. These change processes were identified on the basis of data from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the CHE University Ranking, among others. As a result, Radtke and 46 other managers of strongly developing HEIs were questioned about their leadership philosophy and the measures they took to achieve these successes. In order to expand on the findings gained with other perspectives, the respective vice presidents, vice rectors and chairs of university councils were asked to provide information about the leadership performance of their university managers.
The award-winner was selected by a jury of seven:
Professor Dr. Joachim Metzner, former President of TH Köln, Professor Dr. Wilfried Müller, former Rector of the University of Bremen and University Manager of the Year 2012, Professor Dr. Hans Müller-Steinhagen, Rector of the TU Dresden and University Manager of the Year 2014, Professor Dr. Ada Pellert, President, Carl Benz Academy, Marion Schmidt, Head of University Development and Strategic Communication, COGNOS AG, Martin Spiewak, KNOWLEDGE Division, DIE ZEIT, Professor Dr. Frank Ziegele, Executive Director, CHE Centre for Higher Education.
The other nominees were:
Professor Dr. Michael Braun, President of the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg, Professor Dr. Lambert T. Koch, Rector of the University of Wuppertal, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Lehmann, President of Hof University of Applied Sciences, Professor Dr. Ursula Nelles, Rector of the University of Münster and Professor Dr. Michael Pötzl, President of Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts.