President Prof Dr Stefan Leible and Chancellor Dr Nicole Kaiser in front of the University of Bayreuth's Christmas tree.

Review of the year 2023

Dear members and supporters of the University of Bayreuth,

In the face of the challenges that have marked recent years, we find ourselves reflecting on the resilience and dedication that define our university community. As we hoped for a reprieve in 2023, this year has once again presented us with a multitude of trials, from ongoing energy-saving requirements and budget constraints to the global conflicts, including the war in the Middle East, all while managing our own personal concerns.

We extend our deepest gratitude for your unwavering commitment, which has played a crucial role in our collective efforts to navigate these complexities. Your contributions have not only allowed the University of Bayreuth to persevere but have also propelled us forward in various areas:

  • University Growth: Advancements in existing and future construction projects in Kulmbach and on the Bayreuth campus, along with the successful implementation of the condensed title structure.
  • Scientific Impact: Increased third-party funding, the addition of 52 new professorships through the Hightech Agenda Bayern, dedication to the Excellence Strategy, the flourishing Upper Franconia Medical Campus, the establishment of the new UBT Future Energy Lab Wunsiedel GmbH, and achievements in successful Collaborative Research Centres.
  • Sustainability Initiatives: The installation of a new photovoltaic system on the TAO building, the transition to LED lighting, the introduction of electric charging stations on campus, and ongoing research at the University Transformation Lab to promote sustainable mobility.
  • Enhanced Teaching Quality: The adoption of a new Studium Generale approach, the integration of artificial intelligence in teaching, and the expansion of digitally supported teaching methods.
  • Campus Tolerance: Collaborative projects with the City of Bayreuth, fostering internationalization and diversity.

Acknowledging that such progress is not guaranteed, we express our sincere appreciation for the constructive and motivating cooperation that defines our community. Special thanks go to all our supporters and external cooperation partners who have provided invaluable help and guidance throughout the year.

As we approach a well-deserved winter break, we encourage everyone to embrace the spirit of the season. May the holidays be filled with joy, surrounded by friends and family. For those still seeking a last-minute gift idea, consider placing vouchers for the summer and cultural event UNIKAT.Tropisch.Musikalisch.Kulinarisch, held in the University of Bayreuth's Botanical Garden, under the Christmas tree. Orders can be placed now at unikat@uni-bayreuth.de, with discounts available for employees and members of the Universitätsverein. Mark your calendars for Saturday, 20 July 2024, as we come together for another unforgettable event, themed "Spice up your night," promising to delight all the senses.

Wishing each of you a joyful holiday season, a restful break, and eagerly anticipating our continued collaboration in 2024.

Warm regards,

Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible, President

Dr. Nicole Kaiser, Provost