At the Technical University of Berlin there will be a three-way battle for the office of president. In addition to incumbent Christian Thomsen, the Academic Senate (AS) also nominated physics professor Ulrike Woggon, also from TU, and Geraldine Rauch, Vice Dean for Studies and Teaching, Charité on Wednesday. The approval of one third of the 24 members present in the AS is required for the nomination. Thomsen received 20 yes votes, smoke 18, Woggon 14. All three applicants were nominated for the office by the AS.
Previously, Thomsen, Woggon and Rauch had presented themselves in ten-minute presentations at the meeting, which took place digitally. The first candidate to speak was Woggon, the 2010 / 11 Vice President of the TU was, but resigned from office after a year. Like Thomsen, Woggon competes for the list of professors in the Liberal Center. The fact that both candidacies are supported by the list should be an indication that Thomsen can by no means see his re-election as certain.
“Crisis as an opportunity”
Woggon presented herself as a candidate who wanted to “rebuild internal and external trust with a new team”, as she said. She sees “crisis as an opportunity” to enable something new. This should also be understood as an allusion to current failures, for example after the hacker attack on the TU. Ulrike Woggon presented the university members with several fairly detailed fields of action, whereby she specifically addressed the needs of the administration on several occasions. She later spoke of a “loss of trust” in recent years: “We discussed processes for a long time and forgot about the employees.”
Christian Thomsen focused on three points: He wants to enable “excellent administration”, “define a new normal” – so that is For example, a concept for teaching after the pandemic meant – as well as promoting climate protection. Thomsen was the only one who had already named his team of Vice Presidents, including new names.
Thomsen also focused on administration
The fact that Thomsen focused on administration could also be interpreted negatively – after all, with a call to modernize the administration eight years ago, he started his first election. Why should the implementation only come now? In the question and answer session that followed, a critical self-reflection of his two terms in office was missed.
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Charité Vice Dean Geraldine Rauch was the only external applicant before – with 39 she is significantly younger than Woggon and Thomsen (both 62). Rauch, professor of biometrics, introduced herself energetically and enthusiastically: “I offer you a different perspective on the topics of the TU.” As Vice Dean of the Charité she is an “expert for new beginnings”. who found himself completely new.
Rauch suggested 100 – day program for the TU
Rauch submitted a hundred-day program to AS if it won the election. In the first three months, she wanted to implement several goals immediately: a process for a common value and corporate culture with democratic and efficient decision-making channels, the start of a ten-year digitization strategy – and for research and development, the establishment of central service providers that TU and the Berlin University Alliance support. The first building block here should be a network for data science.
The choice is on 19. January, before that there should be a kind of Uni-Triell, so a public debate of the three.