University of Bayreuth, Press Release No. 093/2023 dated 30.06.2023
Invitations: Honorary doctorate for Professor Hans Ulrich Buhl and new opening of the FIM Research Institute for Information Management
The University of Bayreuth warmly welcomes the media and the public to two events that are thematically linked: On 6 July 2023, Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Buhl, University of Augsburg, will receive an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Law and Economics. On 7 July 2023, the FIM Research Institute for Information Management, a newly founded joint institution of the University of Bayreuth and the Augsburg University of Technology, will be officially opened.
- Thursday, 6 July 2023, 5 p.m., Lecture Hall H 24 in Building RW I of the Faculty of Law and Economics, University of Bayreuth: Award of the honorary doctorate to Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Buhl. The laudations will be given by Prof. Dr. Martin Bichler, TU Munich, and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Caren Sureth-Sloane, University of Paderborn.
- Friday, 7 July 2023, 3 p.m., also in lecture hall H 24 in building RW I: New opening of the FIM Research Institute for Information Management, a cross-university research network sponsored by the University of Bayreuth and the Augsburg University of Technology. With welcoming addresses by Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible, President of the University of Bayreuth, and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gordon T. Rohrmair, President of the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, as well as keynote speeches by the Executive Directors of FIM, Prof. Dr. Maximilian Röglinger and Prof. Dr. Björn Häckel.
Pioneer of business informatics:
Honorary doctorate for Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Buhl
Prof. Dr. Hans Ulrich Buhl is one of Germany's leading business informatics experts. As an excellent researcher and as a bridge builder between science and practice, he has earned a high international reputation with groundbreaking publications and research projects. He was instrumental in establishing the Business Informatics Project Group of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT in Bayreuth. The associated establishment of new professorships for business informatics at the Faculty of Law and Economics has given the University of Bayreuth valuable impetus for the further expansion of its competences in the fields of digitalisation and artificial intelligence.
From 1994 until his retirement in 2021, Prof. Dr Hans Ulrich Buhl held a chair at the University of Augsburg. For two decades he headed the core competence centre Finance & Information Management (FIM) established by the Bavarian State Chancellery in 2002. At the same time, he was chairman of the board of the elite network study programme "Finance & Information Management" of the University of Bayreuth, the University of Augsburg and the Technical University of Munich from 2004 to 2021. This study programme, which is supported by the Elite Network Bavaria and ten renowned practice partners, continuously achieved top ratings in university rankings.
Responsible use of digitalisation:
The new FIM Research Institute for Information Management
The University of Bayreuth and the Augsburg University of Technology recently signed a cooperation agreement to create the conditions for continuing the twenty-year success story of the core competence centre Finance & Information Management (FIM) in the future. Under the new name "FIM Research Institute for Information Management" and with renewed structures, the institute will be continued under the sponsorship of the University of Bayreuth and the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, which have considerably intensified their cooperation in research and teaching in the field of business informatics over the past ten years.
The FIM is a cross-university research network whose members combine their competences to create an attractive offer for researchers, teachers and students. The focus is on the scientifically sound and at the same time practice-oriented training of experts and future managers in the field of digitalisation. FIM's goal and mission statement is a world in which digitisation is used responsibly for individuals, the economy and society.