The Senate and the University Council appointed the Rector of Danube University Krems, Mag. Friedrich Faulhammer, for a further four-year term of office 2021 - 2025. Faulhammer has been Rector of Danube University Krems since 2013. The new term of office begins in August 2021.
With the reappointment of the current Rector, Danube University Krems has set the course for further development. The University Act 2002 stipulates that acting rectors can be reappointed in an abbreviated procedure. This requires a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and the University Council. The vote in the Senate comprised 16 pro votes with 2 abstentions, in the University Council the result was unanimous.
Senate and University Council are convinced that with Rector Faulhammer the successful and dynamic development of Danube University Krems will be continued.
Dynamic course will be continued
Building on the development goals achieved so far by the Rectorate, in particular the expansion of quality as well as the achievements in research and teaching, the positioning of Danube University Krems as a leading public university for continuing education is particularly noteworthy. Exemplary for this were the inclusion of Danube University Krems in the University Act 2002 and the increase in public funding in connection with the university's expanded role in the Austrian science system.
Based on a university-wide strategy, the dynamic course, for example in the field of transdisciplinarity or the committed shaping of digital change at the university, is to be continued. In view of current and future social challenges, Danube University Krems will increasingly promote the further development of the framework conditions and the importance of continuing education in Austria.
About Friedrich Faulhammer
Since 2013, Mag. Friedrich Faulhammer has been the Rector of Danube University Krems. He is a law graduate and was previously Head of Section and Secretary General in the Federal Ministry of Science and Research. There, his activity spanned more than two decades, during which he played a decisive role in shaping Austrian and European higher education policy, i.a. the implementation of the University Act 2002.
Faulhammer (born in 1963) studied law in Vienna. In the years from 1985 to 1990, he worked at the Institute for Legal History at the University of Vienna, and in the legal department of the University Directorate. In 1990, he moved to the Federal Ministry of Science and Research; 15 years later, he headed the Higher Education Section in the Federal Ministry of Science and Research and was its Secretary General since 2009. In 2017 and 2018, Faulhammer presided the Danube Rectors' Conference, a network of some 70 universities located in the Danube region; in 2018 he was appointed to the board of the Ludwig Boltzmann Society and finally to the board of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe in 2019.