The Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences University is, as one of the first universities of applied sciences nationwide since 2003, a corporation under public law maintained by the Stiftung ‘Fachhochschule Osnabrück’ whose organs are the University Steering Committee and the Foundation Board. Thus, the State of Lower Saxony transferred former State tasks to the Foundation and granted a greater autonomy and self-responsibility to the university.
Tasks of the University Steering Committee in accordance with the Niedersächsisches Hochschulgesetz [Lower Saxony University Regulation] (NHG):
The Foundation Board advises the university, decides on affairs of the Foundation of fundamental importance and monitors the activities of the University Steering Committee. It specifically has the following tasks:
- Nomination, appointment or and dismissal of the members of the University Steering Committee of the university,
- Decision on changes and encumbrances to the basic assets as well as the taking out of loans,
- Approval of the development planning of the university and the budget of the Foundation,
- Receipt of the accountability report of the University Steering Committee,
- Determination of the annual financial statement as well as approval of the University Steering Committee of the Foundation,
- Consent for the founding of companies or participation in companies by the Foundation,
- Legal supervision of the university,
- Decision on amendments to the statutes of the Foundation, as well as adopting, amending and repealing other statutes of the Foundation.
The Foundation Board can take a position on the drafts of target agreements which are to be concluded with the competent ministry.
Members in accordance with the Niedersächsisches Hochschulgesetz [Lower Saxony University Regulation] (NHG):
The Foundation Board consists of seven members, of which at least three should be women. Members are
- five people familiar with higher education, but not affiliated with the university primarily from the fields of Business, Science, Culture or other socially relevant areas, which are appointed in agreement with the Academic Senate of the university by the competent ministry and can be dismissed for cause by the competent ministry.
- a member of the university who is elected by the university Academic Senate as well as
- a representative of the competent ministry.
The members of the University Steering Committee, a representative of the student body, the equal opportunities officer and a member of the Staff Council normally attend the meetings of the Foundation Board in an advisory capacity.
Members of the Foundation Board
Professor Dr. Joachim Metzner, Chairman, Cologne, studied philosophy, Germanistics and theology at the Universities of Frankfurt am Main and Tübingen. He graduated in 1975 as Dr. phil. at the University of Tübingen. Since 1978, he has been a Professor of Linguistics and Language Pedagogy at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne. He was Dean, Prorector and Rector and President of the University of Applied Sciences from 1989 until 2012. Mr. Metzner was Vice President of the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz [university rector's conference] (HRK) for IT infrastructure and information supply.
Professorin Dr. rer. pol. Nicole Böhmer is the representative of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences on the Foundation Council. Prior to her appointment, she worked in the Human Resources Department of the Oldenburgische Landesbank AG from 1999 to 2006. She studied economics and business education at the University of Oldenburg and completed her doctorate on human resources management there in 2005.
Since September 2006, she has been a professor of business administration with a special focus on human resources management at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. Ms Böhmer was the Equal Opportunities Officer of the Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences from 2015 to 2018 and has been a member of the University Senate since March 2019. In research and teaching, her focus is on international human resource management, career and talent management, and case study didactics.
Undersecretary Birgit Clamor, Hanover, is the representative of the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture (MWK) on the Foundation Board. She heads the universities of applied sciences - universities of cooperative education specialist unit in the MWK.
Christian Gnaß, Lingen, is the CEO/Managing Partner of emco Group (Erwin Müller GmbH) in Lingen. He studied at London Business School SEP and in his professional career, he first served as Head of Development and Production at Reboplastik GmbH Kalletal, and later as a board member of PGAM Advanced Technologies AG. In the United States, Christian Gnaß was President and COO of PGAM Corporation, based in Detroit. He then served as Chairman of the Management Board of Benteler Maschinenbau and its subsidiary, PDE.
Professor Dr. Dorit Schumann has been the President of Trier University of Applied Sciences since 2019. She studied business administration at Goethe University Frankfurt, earning a diploma, and obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the same university in 2000. From 2001 to 2004, she worked as a consultant at Schüllermann & Partner, a public accounting and tax consulting firm, before accepting a professorship in logistics at the Faculty of Business at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. From 2006 to 2009, Dorit Schumann served as Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Business at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. She then became Vice President for Research at Fulda University of Applied Sciences from 2009 to 2015. From 2016 to 2019, Professor Schumann served as Vice President for International Affairs at the German Jordanian University in Amman before transitioning to Trier. She has been a Vice President of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) since 2020.
Sabine Stöhr, Osnabrück, is Managing Director and Deputy General Manager of the Industrial Employers' Association Osnabrück - Emsland - Grafschaft Bentheim (IAV). She is responsible for public relations and educational work at IAV. IAV represents over 460 companies with approximately 122,000 employees in the region. The topics of education, vocational orientation, shortage of skilled workers and, above all, communication with various company stakeholder and interest groups are also at the centre of Sabine Stöhr's professional volunteer work. For example, she is rotating chairperson of the Administrative Committee of the Nordhorn Employment Agency, chairperson of the Advisory Board of MaßArbeit (the job centre of the Osnabrück district), deputy member of the State Committee for Vocational Education and Training at the Lower Saxony State Government and member of the Advisory Board of the Sponsoring Society of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. Sabine Stöhr is also involved as a member of the advisory board of the Student Research Centre Osnabrück.
The President's Office coordinates the meetings of the central university organs of the University Steering Committee, the Academic Senate and the Foundation Board and prepares the decisions. It is the first point of contact for interdepartmental issues, information and key processes of the university development. All appointments of the President and the Senior Vice President, as well as their involvement in the external boards and committees are prepared and followed up in the President's Office. In addition, central projects of the university development are processed.
- Head of the President's Office
Room: AF 0308B
Phone: +49 (0)541 969-2101
- Team assistance
Room: AF 0308B
Phone: +49 (0)541 969-3515
- Academic assistant of the Senior Vice President of Organization and Management
Room: AF 0303
Phone: +49 (0)541 969-2104
- Coordination of University Bodies
Room: AF 0303
Phone: +49 (0)541 969-3515