Digitisation, communication and healthy growth - important goals of the new Provost of the University of Bayreuth
University of Bayreuth, Media Release No. 050/2021 April 26th 2021
As the first woman to head the administration of the University of Bayreuth, Dr. Nicole Kaiser is currently taking up her new responsibilities. In addition to implementing High-Tech Agenda projects, she is also eager to advance the digitalisation of administrative processes and communication on campus.
"We are becoming more female and younger at the helm of the University of Bayreuth with the election of Dr. Kaiser as Provost," University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible emphasises on the new provost's inauguration and declares: "I look forward to implementing further important measures together with her in these dynamic times, and will fully support Dr. Kaiser in her important tasks."
Dr. Nicole Kaiser learned to take responsibility at an early age on her parents' farm, as she says herself. School, studies, doctorate, and a high-flying career in the university business followed. Now she is responsible for about 1,000 employees and the University of Bayreuth's million-dollar budget, including the establishment of the seventh faculty in Kulmbach, the Bavarian Centre for Battery Research, the development of the Africa Research Building, and the Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, in addition to organising a coronavirus-safe campus. "The University of Bayreuth is in the midst of change and growth. There are some really major projects coming up," Kaiser says, adding, "They all need to be moved forward without losing sight of the Bayreuth campus." In addition to continuing to meet the targets - for example, of more women professors - she also mentions the implementation of the sustainability strategy, which the University of Bayreuth adopted this year.
Another major topic for the new university provost is the digitalisation of administrative and communication processes. "Of course, I will be pleased when everyone is here again and we can enjoy the beauty of our campus - the personal, friendly atmosphere. But I will also be pleased to preserve what we've learned online now." In their opinion, digital tools should help to catch up in two important fields: in the exchange between science and administration and in internal communication. "If you want to attract and keep good people, you have to push these issues," says University Provost Kaiser.
Nicole Kaiser was born on 19.02.1988 in Kulmbach, where she graduated from the Caspar-Vischer-Gymnasium in 2007. This was followed by studies (2007 to 2013) in social economics at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), during which she was already involved in academic self-administration. In 2018, Nicole Kaiser completed her doctorate at FAU on "Individual and Structural Factors Influencing Mobility in Educational and Career Transitions". At the same time, she was a research assistant in the Department of Economics. There she acquired skills and knowledge in the administrative processes of a university, e.g. in overall system accreditation, appointments, and programme coordination. In December 2017, she took up a job at the University of Bayreuth, where she became Personal Assistant to the Provost. In January 2020, she became Head of the Department for Budgetary Affairs at the University of Bayreuth, and from then on was responsible for the technical, organisational, and personnel management of the Finance and Procurement departments. In this role, she was already entrusted with sub-projects in the implementation of the High-Tech Agenda. The digitalisation of administrative processes was also an aspect of her work in this function.
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