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Focus on continuity and strategic future topics

The University Council of the University of Liechtenstein relies on continuity and confirmed the management model of the University of Liechtenstein, which was adopted in April and has proven itself excellently in recent months on November 23, 2021. Andreas Müller is promoted to Administrative Director.

Markus Jäger, since the retirement of the previous rector from the University of Liechtenstein in April 2021, has automatically ipso iure held the position of rector as the statutorily appointed deputy for the current term of office, which runs from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2023, since April of this year. Thus, the leadership of the operational university management was guaranteed throughout. An advertisement for the rector's position will be made once ongoing university operations have stabilized again, particularly after the consequences of the Corona pandemic and the cyberattack, and the central strategic priority issues, which the rectorate has addressed with great commitment and persuasiveness in recent months, have been completed in the course of 2022.

Andreas Müller promoted to Administrative Director

In order to avoid duplication of functions and to enable the Rectorate to focus fully on the strategic issues for the future and the key projects for the university as a whole, the current Head of Risk and Process Management, Andreas Müller, has been promoted by the University Council to the position of Administrative Director, effective January 1, 2022. An engineering graduate with a focus on computer science, he has many years of leadership experience in operations. In 2010, he successfully completed the master's program in Entrepreneurship at the University of Liechtenstein's institute of the same name and has been active in various positions and as a lecturer at the university since 2016. He is thus a proven expert on university processes and procedures, both from the perspective of a student and lecturer as well as an institute and administrative staff member.

Strengthening of the "Governance and Culture" prorectorate

Monika Pfaffinger, who has led the Prorectorate "Governance and Culture" since April, has been definitively confirmed in her position by the University Council. The experienced professor of private and information law will in future be responsible for the important areas of law and compliance, data protection, gender, diversity and sustainability and, following the completion of AAQ accreditation, also for quality management. She will step down from her position as a previous member of the University Council. The University Council has initiated succession planning in this regard.

Prorectorate "Academic Development" to be filled as of June 1, 2022

Stefan Seidel, who has headed the Prorectorate "Academic Development" since April 2021, will continue in this position until the end of May 2022, to the delight of the Rectorate and University Council. This ensures that he will continue to oversee the final coordination of the upcoming 2023–2026 development and financial plan and advanced schools development from an academic perspective. As of June 1, 2022, at his own request, he will resume the position of Chair in the Senate – the highest academic body of the University – which he has put on hold since April 2021. In the upcoming weeks, the University Council and Rectorate will conduct an evaluation of possible internal candidates to fill the position of Vice Rector for Academic Development.