Prof. Dr. Franz Quint confirmed as Vice-President of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

Clear vote of the University Council and Senate for a second term of office for the Vice-President for Research, Cooperation and Quality Management.

February 4, 2021

In November 2017, Prof. Dr. Franz Quint had been elected by the University Senate for a term of three years as Vice-President for Research, Cooperation and Quality Management at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. He ran again for the upcoming election and was confirmed with an overwhelming majority in the first ballot at today's meeting of the University Council and the University Senate. He will thus be responsible for these areas of responsibility as Vice-President for the next eight years.

Prof. Dr. Franz Quint thanked the University Council and Senate for the trust they had placed in him and emphasized that strong support from the governing bodies of the university was an essential prerequisite for successful work in managing the university together with President Prof. Dr. Frank Artinger and the Vice-Presidents Prof. Dr. Angelika Altmann-Dieses, Prof. Dr. Robert Pawlowski, and Ms. Daniela Schweitzer.

Due to Covid-19 the university broke new ground in terms of the election procedure, since the two committees were not able to meet in person. The introduction of Dr. Quint took place in the presence of the President, Prof. Dr. Frank Artinger, and the Chairwoman of the University Council, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marion Weissenberger-Eibl, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, in the auditorium of the university, but was transmitted online to the committee members and all university members, who could then ask questions via the online tool used. The committee members then cast their votes in an anonymous online tool, and the election results were announced to the public.

Prof. Dr. Franz Quint gratefully accepted the re-election and emphasized that universities have played an important role as an interface between society and digitalization since before the pandemic, and that he would like to continue to promote this role in his office. "In terms of connected work, autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0 and robotics, we still face many developments that will influence all areas of life," said Dr. Quint. This challenge must be taken up in teaching and research and lead to good results, especially at a university of applied sciences, because this type of university now trains around 60% of all engineers."

Franz Quint was born in Hatzfeld in the Romanian Banat in 1965 and now lives in Rastatt with his wife and three children. He graduated from the Nikolaus Lenau Lyceum in Timişoara, Karlsruhe's Romanian twin city, in 1983. In 1984, he began studying electrical engineering at the local Polytechnic University, which he continued at the University of Karlsruhe after leaving for Germany in 1987 and completed very successfully in 1990. Until 1997, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Karlsruhe and at the Karlsruhe Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing, as well as teaching at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. In 1997, he completed his doctorate with distinction at the University of Karlsruhe. From 1997 to 2002, he held various management positions at Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG (now Airbus), Ulm. In March 2002, he was appointed Professor of Communications Engineering at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.

In November 2020, Dr. Quint was elected spokesman of the TriRhenaTech alliance of universities of applied sciences in the Upper Rhine metropolitan region and is thus also a member of the alliance's executive board. Founded in 2014, it is a network of universities from Germany, France and Switzerland that together represent more than 50,000 students. The aim of this alliance is to promote European coherence through cooperation between partner institutions in teaching, research, knowledge and technology transfer, innovation and continuing education, and student exchange, and to contribute to strengthening the Upper Rhine innovation ecosystem.