Future President Prof. Dr. Tiziana Margaria

The Academic Senate of the University of Lübeck elected the new president in an election meeting today

Today, the academic senate elected the new president of the University of Lübeck: Prof. Dr. Tiziana Margaria convinced with her ideas for enriching the university networks and for making the University of Lübeck even more interdisciplinary and international. She currently holds the Chair of Software Systems at the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Her term as the new president of the University of Lübeck will begin on January 1st, 2024.

“I'm thrilled!” exclaimed Prof. Dr. Tiziana Margaria after her election by the Senate. “My enthusiasm is genuine.” This was preceded by a close decision by the Senate, as both candidates proposed for election were high profile. 

Prof. Dr. Tiziana Margaria has already gained various insights into education systems on an international level. She appreciates that the University of Lübeck is a university with focus. Nevertheless, she has some ideas for sharpening the existing profile: “For example, I would enter into more cooperations and promote new forms of teaching and training,” said Margaria during her presentation at the public election meeting of the senate of the University of Lübeck.

About Prof. Dr. Tiziana Margaria

As head of the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of Limerick, she has been instrumental in its realignment, including programs in immersive software engineering that connect students with businesses at an early age. Her research focuses on software design and cybersecurity. As part of international collaborations, Prof. Margaria has also worked on data management in the field of cancer research. She is a member of the Harvard University-led GENIE group (Global Educators Network for Health Innovation) and vice president of the European Association of Software Science and Technology (EASST).

The Office of the president

In accordance with the Higher Education Act of Schleswig-Holstein, the president of the university chairs the presidential board, which manages the university, and has the authority to issue directives. She holds the office on a full-time basis. The term of office is six years. In addition to the president, the university's presidential board consists of three vice presidents and the chancellor. The president represents the university externally. She is responsible for day-to-day business and for maintaining order within the university. 

Congratulations from the acting president

Professor Gabriele Gillessen-Kaesbach congratulated her successor on her election and wished Prof. Dr. Margaria all the best in fulfilling her new task. Her own term of office, which ends on December 31st, 2023, is associated, among other things, with a significant increase in student numbers and in funds raised for research and teaching. The outgoing president was honored for these achievements by the German University Association (DHV) and the German Rectors' Conference (HRK). In recent years, she has succeeded in providing important impetus for the campus of the University of Lübeck with new research buildings and the renovation of the Central University Library, and in creating attractive working opportunities for scientists and students.

The future president of the University of Lübeck, Prof. Dr. Tiziana Margaria, elected by the Senate, in front of the tower building on the Lübeck campus. Photo: Vivian Upmann / University of Lübeck

The chairman of the senate, Prof. Dr. Cornelius Borck, congratulates the future president on her election. Photo: Guido Kollmeier / University of Lübeck

Applause in the auditorium of the Tower Building on the Lübeck campus for the future president. Photo: Guido Kollmeier / University of Lübeck

Acting President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gillessen-Kaesbach (left in picture) and Senate Chair Prof. Dr. Cornelius Borck (right in picture) congratulate the future President of the University of Lübeck, Prof. Dr. Tiziana Margaria (center). Photo: Guido Kollmeier / University of Lübeck