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Vice Presidents Prof. Wolff and Prof. Plenk confirmed in office

The previous vice presidents of the Hof University of Applied Sciences will each remain in their posts for a further period. The University Council confirmed the Vice President for Teaching, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Wolff, as well as Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk, who holds the office of Vice President for Research and Development. The new term of office lasts three years and officially begins on October 1, 2023.

In the picture (from left): university president Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.. Jürgen Lehmann, Vice President Research and Development Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk, Chancellor Ute Coenen, Vice President Teaching Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Wolff and Prof. Dr. Dieter Baums (Chairman of the University Council of Hof University of Applied Sciences); Image: Hof University of Applied Sciences;

For Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Wolff, a third term of office thus begins in the fall. Since 15.03.2015, he has been leading the fortunes of the university in the area of teaching. In particular, the digitization of teaching, which he is leading, has been so well received by students at Hof University that Hof University is ranked second in Germany for this on the studycheck.de study portal. For the future, Prof. Wolff formulates the following goals for his work:

“One focus will be on the sustainable establishment of new teaching formats that rely on a balanced mix of classroom and online components. The introduction of digital, competency-based exams will also be one of the upcoming challenges, as will the continuous development of our internal quality management system.” And further:

I would also like to make Hof University an even more attractive employer in an attractive region for young academics who are also experienced in practice – especially for new female lecturers.”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Wolff, Vice President Teaching

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk, previously Scientific Director of the Institute for Information Systems at Hof University of Applied Sciences (iisys), has held the office of Vice President since October 1, 2020 – meaning that he will soon begin his second term in office. Prof. Plenk’s term in office has so far been characterized by a high level of third-party funding and ongoing research projects:

In the coming years, I want to continue to consistently create structures that enable successful research – and I want to make our results even better known.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk

He continues, “An additional focus for me is the so-called third mission of universities, i.e., the promotion of the innovation process in society as a whole, to which we want to make our contribution.”

The re-election was congratulated by University Council Chairman Prof. Dr. Dieter Baums, University President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.. Jürgen Lehmann, Chancellor Ute Coenen and the entire University Council warmly congratulated him on his re-election.

Rainer Krauß

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