ToU is committed to involving faculty, learners, and members of the university administration in its decision-making through strong democratic and inclusive processes. There are two primary governing bodies: the Executive Committee and the Academic Senate.
The university is managed by the Executive Committee, which is responsible for various critical functions such as preparing and reviewing governing body and committee decisions, operational management, as well as developing and implementing strategies for the university's progress. It is also responsible for overseeing the duties of other university bodies, committees, and officials, and ensuring that the university members and staff fulfill their obligations. Furthermore, it presents an annual report to the Academic Senate.
Dr. Thomas Funke is acting as the Founding President. The President heads the Executive Committee and is responsible for the orderly operation of the university. He represents the university externally and determines the guidelines for the execution of tasks. He supervises the academic staff, initiates the advertisement for professorial positions and makes personnel proposals for the appointment committee. He appoints professors in accordance with the appointment regulations.
Christian Rebernik is acting as the university Chancellor. The Chancellor heads and coordinates the university administration and supervises the non-academic staff. He is responsible for the operational implementation of the university's strategic goals, economic and administrative tasks, occupational health and safety, and IT matters.
The Vice President for Teaching & Learning teaches and delivers ToUs study programs and proposes lecturers and teaching staff to the Executive Committee for employment. He/she coordinates the implementation of teaching activities in accordance with the study and examination regulations, develops proposals for new teaching concepts, coordinates the evaluation of teaching activities, develops proposals for updating study and examination regulations in consultation with the professors, coordinates the program directors, and develops proposals concerning necessary investments in the teaching activities.
The Vice President of Research is responsible for research activities across the university and in the existing study programs. He/she develops ToUs research strategy and goals, develops proposals for third-party funding applications, defines and establishes KPIs and quality assurance measures for research, evaluates research activities, coordinates research activities, and develops proposals regarding necessary investments for research activities.
The Director for University Strategy & Development leads ToUs quality assurance activities, including the implementation and coordination of accreditation processes, and advises the Executive Committee in the implementation of the strategic goals of the university.
The Academic Senate makes decisions on academic matters. It passes university regulations, elects the president and the members of the Executive Committee, and provides input into issues relating to the introduction, modification and cancellation of study programs, learning content and processes, the budget and academic staffing.
ToU is currently transitioning from a Founding Senate, made up of five external professors, to the establishment of an Academic Senate, which will represent the voices of all university stakeholders: professors and academic staff, learners, non-academic staff and the Executive Committee. The newly formed Academic Senate is expected to take up operations in the first quarter of 2023.
The University Council comprises the Executive Committee, external professors, and representatives from diverse fields of business, politics, culture, and public life outside the university. The council offers guidance to the university on various matters, including course planning, knowledge and technology transfer, and university development. Serving on the University Council is an honorary role. Learn more about the University Council by clicking below.