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Online opening of the Competence Center Digital Administration at Hof University of Applied Sciences

Does the GDPR prevent the digitization of the administration? Does a city need a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) and what exactly is this person supposed to do? Why is it not enough to introduce a few new technology systems? And can digitization succeed at all in the structures currently in place? These are some of the questions that will be addressed at the inaugural event of the new Competence Center for Digital Administration at Hof University of Applied Sciences on March 19, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The online event will feature discussions with representatives from state authorities, cities and districts – the Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder will also be joining the event.

Prominent panelists

The Bavarian State Minister for Digital Affairs, Judith Gerlach, the State Secretary for Digital Administration in the Saxon State Chancellery, Thomas Popp, and the Bavarian State Data Protection Commissioner, Prof. Dr. Thomas Petri, will be among those answering questions.

The CDO of the city of Karlsruhe Markus Losert, the head of the central services department in North Frisia Thorsten Wilcke and the head of the finance, personnel and IT department of the city of Nuremberg Harald Riedel will also be welcomed digitally as guests. Katja Köhler, team leader for digitization at the Institute for Municipal Data Processing in Bavaria (AKDB), and Stefan Fuhrmann from the service provider Media Solutions will also contribute their expertise, along with students from the part-time bachelor’s degree program in digital administration.

The opening will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Heike Markus and Prof. Dr. Thomas Meuche, both heads of the new Competence Center Digital Administration.

Prime example of a digital public authority

Professor Meuche outlines the goal of the new institution as follows

Over the next 5 years, we want to create the digital twin of a German public authority. On the one hand, this image should serve applied research, but on the other hand, it should also serve teaching purposes. We want to build a best-practice authority for research, whereby this is not just about technical aspects, but also about organizational aspects.”

Prof. Dr. Thomas Meuche
Prof. Dr. Thomas Meuche, professor of business administration, is head of the Digital Administration and Digital Economy degree programs and is head of the Digital Administration Competence Center
Image: Hof University of Applied Sciences;

In addition, the development of solutions in the future will also address the very important issue of the digital divide, i.e., how to provide access to digital public administration services to as many citizens as possible. The establishment of the center is funded by the Bavarian State Ministry for Digital Affairs and supported by the Upper Franconia Foundation with EUR 540,000.

Prof. Dr. Heike Markus, Professor of Digital Administration with a focus on AI, Head of the Digital Transformation Master’s program and Head of the Digital Administration Competence Center; Image: Hof University of Applied Sciences


Participation in the event is free of charge, but registration is required via the website www.kdv-hof.de for better planning.

Competence Center Digital Administration at Hof University of Applied Sciences

Daniela Klier
Rainer Krauß

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