Education researcher Regina Egetenmeyer new on the University Council
"Lifelong learning is indispensable for societies and has become a substantial part of the tasks of universities," said the President of Kassel University, Prof. Dr. Reiner Finkeldey. "With Regina Egetenmeyer, we are gaining a great deal of expertise for the University Council here. We will also benefit from her experience as a former junior professor in the implementation of the Tenure Track Programme and the associated 'cultural change'. I am also proud that our university council is now composed of an equal number of men and women.
Egetenmeyer studied education, special education, Indonesian philology, sociology and psychology, received her doctorate at the University Duisburg-Essen with a thesis on informal learning in corporate learning cultures and initially worked as a junior professor at Mainz University. Since 2013 she has been Professor of Adult Education at Würzburg University. Her research focuses on the professionalisation of adult education/further education, international comparative adult education research, lifelong learning, European education policy and digitalisation in adult education/further education.
In addition to many other functions and memberships, Egetenmeyer has been chairperson of the Council of Continuing Education - KAW, the Federal Association of Providers of General, Political, Vocational and Academic Continuing Education and Training in Germany, since last year.
With Egetenmeyer, the Presidium appointed Prof. Dr. Wilfried Müller, the long-standing Chairman of the University Council, as a member for a further two years until August 2022. Müller was Rector of Bremen University until 2012. The term of office of Dr. Annette Beller was also extended, by four years. Beller is Chief Financial Officer of the medical technology manufacturer B. Braun Melsungen.
In accordance with the Hessian Higher Education Act, the University Council supports the University in its development, articulates the expectations existing in the professional world and promotes the use of scientific findings and artistic achievements. Among other things, it has a right of initiative on fundamental matters of the university and must approve the development plan.