The Rectorate is the executive governing body of the University. All University affairs are incumbent upon the Rectorate as long as they do not expressly fall under another purview. The Rectorate is made up of the Rector, the Chancellor, and four Vice-Rectors. The Rector chairs the Rectorate.
The current Rectorate, under the direction of Professor Ernst Schmachtenberg, aims at further developing RWTH Aachen into a strategically leading university with high international visibility.
For this reason, the Rectorate has put forth great effort since the beginning of its term, along with numerous representatives of the university to create a comprehensive strategic plan, the Strategy 2009-2020.
The Rectorate has principal responsibility for planning, controlling and coordinating faculty and interdepartmental functions as well as securing adequate allocation of resources for the academic requirements.
The Rectorate dedicates its efforts to promoting the development of the University and contributes to internal and external university communications and co-operation.
A particular focus of the Rectorate's is the successful implementation of the institutional strategies from the Excellence Initiative. Using the profile areas, interdisciplinary research is promoted in the essential areas of expertise. Here it is necessary to establish working ability and to review the strategy for its effectiveness. Another tool was created with the strategy funds, which serve to allow the university to be fully equipped in crucual fields of research. Here it is also necessary to prove the effectiveness of these instruments.
Aside from the implementation of plans from the Excellence Initiative, the Rectorate is particularly considered with providing its most important university members and students with studies that are organized and as smooth as possible, with high but also transparent and fair demands. This is reflected in the current efforts of the Rectorate to increase the success rate and in the comprehensive preparations in the special G8 project for the double class cohort on the part of the entire university
The Rectorate Team
The Rectorate is supported in its diverse activities by a small team made up of a personal assistant to the Rector, the Rector's secretary, and the Vice-Rectors' secretary and employees.
Members of the Rectorate
Universitätsprofessor Dr.-Ing. Ernst Schmachtenberg
|Phone: +49 241 80 94000
|Chancellor of RWTH Aachen
|Phone: +49 241 80 94010
|Vice-Rector for Industry and Business Relations
Universitätsprofessor Dr. rer. pol. Malte Brettel
|Phone: +49 241 80 96359
|Vice-Rector for Teaching
Universitätsprofessor Dr. rer. nat. Aloys Krieg
|Phone: +49 241 80 94525
|Vice-Rector for Human Resources Management and Development
apl. Professorin Dr. rer. nat. Doris Klee
|Phone: +49 241 80 94002
|Vice-Rector for Research and Structure
Universitätsprofessor Dr. rer. nat. Rudolf Mathar
|Phone: +49 241 80 27700
|Personal Assistant to the Rector
Dipl.-Gyml. Elke Breuer-Schulte M. A.
|Phone: +49 241 80 94003
The Rectorate commissions RWTH Aachen professors to assume individual responsibilities of strategic importance to the university and representative functions in particular areas or regions.
- RWTH Faculty Club
- Integration Team – Human Resources, Gender and Diversity Management (IGaD)