The autonomous Technische Universität Darmstadt is headed by an executive board. It is comprised of the President, the Vice President, Administration and Financial Affairs, and three Vice-Presidents. The Executive Board coordinates itself closely with such committees as the University Council, the Senate, the University Assembly and the faculties and members of the university as part of the systematic further development of the university, reporting annually to the Hessian State Parliament. The Executive Board is supported in its work by the Office of the Executive Board.

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Prof. Dr. Tanja Brühl, Präsidentin der Technischen Universität Darmstadt
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President Professor Dr Tanja Brühl

is responsible for the university’s strategy and structure, the appointment of new professors, quality management and international relations as well as for representing the university externally vis-à-vis policy-makers, society and other interested parties.

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Vice President Dr Manfred Efinger

is in charge of administration and financial affairs

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Full-time Vice President Professor Dr Ralph Bruder

is in charge of all tasks related to studies, teaching and young researchers as well as teacher education.

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Vice President Professor Dr Mira Mezini

is in charge of research and innovation.

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Vice President Professor Dr Andrea Rapp

is in charge of scientific infrastructure.

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The Executive Board Programme

The Executive Board Programme for TU Darmstadt maps out the main strategic development priorities for the period from 2014 to 2019.

  • a thriving place for the sciences that addresses pressing questions of relevance to the future,
  • a responsive university that seeks new academic challenges and is open to the new,
  • a university that closely links the diversity of its people, methods and subjects with a visible profile and a distinct sense of identity,
  • one of Europe’s major universities of technology with high global visibility.
  • Promoting junior researchers: With their curiosity and high degree of mobility, young scientists are to play an even more significant role in the university's academic dynamics and international connectedness.
  • Internationalisation: By making a conscious effort to foster international networks and internal diversity, and to use these opportunities for learning and research, TU Darmstadt as an institution will benefit significantly from a higher degree of internationalism.
  • Interdisciplinarity: Its thriving, established culture of interdisciplinarity is one of TU Darmstadt’s particular strengths that must be promoted further.

1. Recruiting and promoting talent

  • ensure a high degree of appeal and openness at the various academic career stages
  • create a programme to promote post-docs more effectively
  • support initial and continuing training of technical staff
  • increase the percentage of women in leadership positions and in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects

2. Facilitating high-quality learning and teaching

  • continue to profile the initial phase of studies with a structured introduction for new students
  • advance the profiling of Master's programmes
  • expand high-quality digital instruction
  • strengthen the international orientation of studies

3. Developing research in a distinctive and visible way

  • assess and then continue to develop the research structure
  • push for a renewal of the research profile
  • enhance the international visibility of research
  • promote interdisciplinarity in research

4. Being proactive in transfer and networking

  • strengthen the culture of business start-ups
  • expand strategic business partnerships
  • further develop collaborations with non-university research institutions
  • consolidate international partnerships
  • play an active role in the city and region

5. Responsive organisation and responsible management

  • work towards system accreditation
  • continue to develop high-quality administration
  • continue to improve cooperation between central and decentralised units
  • increase the sustainability and energy efficiency of the buildings

Accountability Report

Here you can find the Accountability Report of the Executive Board (in German).

Basic documents and advisory boards

Laws, principles or guidelines on all topics involving the entire university are listed here. These include both internal and external papers that serve as binding orientation for all university members.

The Executive Board of TU Darmstadt is also supported and advised in strategic topics and developments by its own specially appointed advisory boards. A summary of the current advisory boards and working groups can also be found below.