University of Osnabrück will soon have the youngest president

Related imageLeading the University of Osnabrück as the youngest German university president from October 2019: 42-year-old Susanne Menzel.

Susanne Menzel was elected with 42 years as the first woman to the president of the 1974 founded University of Osnabrück . This makes her the youngest of all university presidents in Germany. The search committee had unanimously proposed it as the only candidate, now the Senate has – also unanimously – approved. The current Vice President succeeds President Wolfgang Lücke in October 2019.

This is the first president of the University of Osnabrück

Only one in four professors in Germany has a wife. In Osnabrück, however, a woman will head the university in the future: 42-year-old Susanne Menzel.

Susanne Menzel has been vice-president of the university since 2016

Menzel studied biology, pedagogy and English in Münster, Senegal and the USA from 1996 to 2002. After that she was a research assistant in Göttingen. In 2008 she came to Osnabrück as junior professor and in 2011 became professor of biology didactics. Since October 2016 she is vice-president of the university and in the presidency responsible for research and promotion of young researchers.

Of 429 universities, 81 have a wife as president

At the age of 62, the current university president, Wolfgang Lücke, had renounced a second, eight-year term, partly for reasons of age. According to the university, thereupon 13 candidates had submitted their documents in a nationwide call for tenders, of which three were shortlisted.

Women in German universities

Of the 429 universities and colleges in Germany, 81 currently have a wife as president. According to the Federal Statistical Office, the share of women in other areas in 2017 was as follows:

  • New students: 50.8%
  • Graduates: 50.8%
  • Promotions: 44.8%
  • Habilitation: 29.3%
  • Full-time professors: 24.1%