Dr. Eva-Maria Stange, the State Minister for Higher Education, Research and the Arts of the Free State of Saxony, appointed Prof. Dr. Volker Gruhn a member of the University Council of Leipzig University for the next five years. The task of this central committee is to make recommendations for developing the university’s profile and improving its performance and competitiveness. As an advisory and control committee of the university, the council also participates in strategy formation as well as structural and development planning.
Gruhn, the founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the IT service provider adesso, has a history of involvement with Leipzig University, having taught there for eight years as Professor for Applied Telematics and e-Business. From 2002 to 2010, his main focus there was on the development of mobile, distributed software systems. He then became Head of the Software Engineering Department at the University of Duisburg-Essen. However, he has maintained his ties to Leipzig over the years. Since 2017, Gruhn has been on the Executive Board of the Institute for Applied Informatics (InfAI), an affiliated institute of Leipzig University that is dedicated to optimising transfer processes between science and the economy.
“I am certain that with his many years of experience and expertise as an academic and entrepreneur, Professor Gruhn will enrich this important committee of the Alma Mater Lipsiensis,” said State Minister Stange with regard to the appointment.
Gruhn is looking forward to his new task in Leipzig: “I am proud to be part of an important body such as the University Council at the same university I so enjoyed working at, and to therefore be able to experience university policy from a totally different perspective.”
The University Council in Leipzig is made up of ten members, including Gruhn, who work on a voluntary basis and contribute their experience from academia and research, from science management and science policy as well as from the private sector.
Volker Gruhn’s appointment is for a standard five-year term and ends in February 2024.