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Four North Rhine-Westphalian universities want to recruit contract lecturers in a more professional way

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences receives € 883,001 from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

  Kleve/Emmerich/Kamp-Lintfort, July 17, 2012: Green light for an ambitious project: The Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, the Lower Rhine University of Applied Sciences, the Duesseldorf University of Applied Sciences and the Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences are now working together to establish a "Service Centre Contract Lecturers Pool". The project is aimed at recruiting contract lecturers in a more professional way. Contract lecturers play an important role, particularly at universities of applied sciences: In addition to their activities as lecturers they can also continue working in their profession. Thus, they are an ideal link between the university and businesses.

The project managers of the four participating universities have now met for the official project launch. The aim is to establish a Service Centre for the four universities of applied sciences which is able to rapidly and straightforwardly recruit contract lecturers according to the need of the departments. Therefore, staff of the Service Centre will systematically search for contract lecturers. They are to use existing contacts to companies, associations or other institutions as well as establish new links in order to find suitable personnel.

So far, contract lecturers have been hard to find, specifically in technological subjects. Additionally, the need for them is growing as student enrolments are increasing. In the future, the four universities want to progressively appoint contract lecturers as a means to temporarily sustain peak capacities. This is in reference to the situation concerning the need for sufficient teaching staff to accommodate the inflow of 2 age-groups who are set to commence A-Levels next year. Aim of the project is to support the departments with recruitment, assistance and continued training of qualified contract lecturers. Thus, to globally optimise teaching quality at universities of applied sciences.

The Service Centre will be helpful for the career of the contract lecturers themselves and possibly facilitate the way to a professorship at a university of applied sciences. At the same time, women will be promoted in order to increase the proportion of women professors. For this, a human resource development concept will be worked out that takes into consideration the demand for different target groups. Furthermore, applied approaches in teaching will be strengthened systematically by organising contacts that have been established in practice. Therefore, universities of Applied Sciences can further develop their core competencies - job market oriented and application oriented teaching and research.

The project is part of the Teaching Quality Pact established by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The associated partners receive approximately €4.1 million for the implementation of the project "Service Centre Contract Lecturer Pool" until 2016. About €883,001 have been earmarked for the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.



From left to right: Daniela Wolsdorf (Duesseldorf University of Applied Sciences), Prof. Dr. Michael Lent (Vice-President for Studies and Teaching, Lower Rhine University of Applied Sciences), Prof. Dr. Christof Menzel (Coordinator of the joint project, Lower Rhine University of Applied Sciences), Prof. Dr. Hans-Hennig von Grünberg (President of the Lower Rhine University of Applied Sciences), Cornelia Al Naqib (Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences), Corinna Stich (Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences), Prof. Dr. Anja von Richthofen (Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences).

Photograph: Lower Rhine University of Applied Sciences