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New president for the HFT Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Katja Rade will take office on September, 1st

The University Supervisory Board and the Senate of the Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart have elected a new rector for the University. Prof. Dr. Katja Rade will take office on September, 1st 2020.

"We are extremely pleased to have won an outstanding and renowned president for the HFT in Prof. Dr. Rade. She will continue to develop our university with great commitment and success in the coming years," says Dr. Guido Bader, Chairman of the University Supervisory Board.

Prof. Dr. Katja Rade holds a doctorate in business administration and received her first appointment as professor at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in 2001. From 2007 to 2017 she was a professor at the Pforzheim Business School. There she took over the office of Vice-Dean from 2012 to 2014 and was responsible for budget and finances, quality management and international accreditation. From 2015 to 2017, she was Vice President and responsible for strategic planning and university development as well as for the continuing education institute at Pforzheim University. Since 2017, she has been President of the SRH University of Applied Sciences Heidelberg. Prof. Dr. Katja Rade will take over as Rector of the Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart in the coming winter semester.

"It is a great honour for me to be elected as President of the HFT Stuttgart with its future-oriented teaching and research focus. I am looking forward to the special task of working together with my colleagues to shape the necessary change in society in a responsible manner," explains Prof. Dr. Katja Rade.

To elect the President a selection committee consisting of four members of the university council, four members of the senate and one representative of the ministry was formed. On January, 29th 2020, 3 candidates introduced themselves to the members of the University Supervisory Board and the Senate. Afterwards, the election took place in a open university meeting. Prof. Dr. Katja Rade received a large majority of votes from both boards.

The term of office of the current Rector, Prof. Rainer Franke, ends on 31 August 2020 and Prof. Franke will retire after thirteen years as Rector. During his term of office, he played a decisive role in shaping the university and successfully led it to its present size.


Publish date: 29. February 2020 By Petra Dabelstein ()