The Presidium: The Leadership of DUW

DUW’s Presidium is the executive body of the university. Its members are the President, the Vice-President and the Provost. The independent, collegial Presidium is responsible for the tasks stipulated by the University Bylaws, and performs them in close coordination with the holding company.

President

Prof. Ada Pellert

Prof. Ada Pellert

The President directs the university and represents it in dealings with other organizations. It is her legal responsibility to oversee the resolutions and actions of the university bodies and other offices. She coordinates the university’s research activities and areas of concentration. She is also responsible for the University’s annual report. Prof. Ada Pellert, the founding President of DUW, took up her office on January 1, 2009. She is also the Dean of the Department of Business and Management.

 

E-mail: ada.pellert@duw-berlin.de

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Ada Pellert studied Business Administration at Vienna University of Economics and Business, where she received her doctorate in 1987. She received her habilitation in 1998 at the University of Klagenfurt with a dissertation on organizational development for scientific and educational institutions. Since the 1990s she has been an internationally renowned expert on the continuing professional development of university-level instructors, on consulting for higher education institutions, and on international comparative education research. Her specialities include organization and personnel development, management and leadership, quality assurance and quality management, diversity management and lifelong learning strategies.

From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Pellert was Professor of Continuing Education Research and Education Management, as well as Vice-rector for Teaching, Continuing Education and Structural Issues at Danube University, Krems. From 1999 to 2003 she served as Vice-rector for Teaching, Staff Development and Equal Opportunity at the University of Graz. From 1998 to 2005 she taught and conducted research as an adjunct professor in the Department of Higher Education Research at the University of Klagenfurt’s Faculty of Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education (IFF). In November, 2008, she was appointed the founding President of DUW.

Provost

Dr. Udo Thelen

Provost Dr. Udo Thelen

The Provost of the university supports the President in the performance of her duties. He carries out the current administrative business and draws up the budget and financial plans. He is also the CEO of DUW Deutsche Universität für Weiterbildung GmbH, the university’s holding company. Dr. Udo Thelen was appointed Provost of DUW and CEO of the holding company on April 25, 2008. 

 

E-mail: udo.thelen@duw-berlin.de

Curriculum vitae

Dr. Udo Thelen studied Linguistics and Musicology in Cologne and Clermont-Ferrand before taking his doctorate at Trier in 1997. Before coming to DUW, Dr. Thelen was Director of Business Development at DWG mbH, a company in the Klett Group. Until October, 2007, he was Executive Director of a private continuing education extension of the University of Hamburg offering programmes for German and international professionals and executives.

From 1998 to 2001 he headed the departments of Information and International Higher Education Marketing of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). During this time he coordinated the founding of the marketing consortium GATE Germany by DAAD and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK). After a post-doctoral assignment at the University of Trier, Dr. Thelen served as a DAAD lecturer for two years in northern France. His articles on higher education marketing and management issues are published in books and conference proceedings.

Presidium and Executive Office Manager

Martina Fauser

Martina Fauser

E-mail: martina.fauser@duw-berlin.de

Phone: +49 (0)30 20 00 306 102