28 February 2022
Change in Leadership at Universität Hamburg: Hauke Heeren Becomes President
Photo: Universität Hamburg / Schell
The doctor and university manager, who has long-standing experience in heading interdisciplinary collaborative projects and large units within the Excellence strategy, received his official appointment documents from the Hamburg Senate on 15 February 2022. In accordance with the requirements set forth in the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG), Heekeren officially commenced duties for his 6-year tenure on 1 February. Heekeren was appointed following election by the Academic Senate and confirmation by the University Council of Universität Hamburg in October 2021.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren “I am very happy to begin working today at Universität Hamburg in cooperation with the Executive University Board. I cordially thank all members of the Academic Senate and the University Council as well as the Hamburg Senate for their trust. I thank my predecessor, Professor Dieter Lenzen, for his long-standing commitment to the University, named a University of Excellence under his leadership.
In the upcoming weeks, my first goal is to get to know Universität Hamburg, its members in all areas, and its various groups and to show my respect for their outstanding work. The years ahead present a crucial task for the entire institution and it is my main goal to shape the University together and to join forces to continue on the path of success. Universität Hamburg will continue its pioneering work and make a notable contribution towards inspiring a renaissance in our society and creating a resilient future. And it will do so as a sustainable university that has learned from the pandemic, shines internationally, and plays a central role in the heart of the city as a leading center of academic pursuit.”
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren, born in Herford in 1971, was Professor of Biological Psychology and Cognitive Neuropsychology at Freie Universität Berlin and became its vice president for studies and teaching in 2018.
See the University pages for current photographs of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hauke Heekeren and a short biography.