The University of Technology Nuremberg is Growing Further: First Founding Vice President to Take Office

With the first anniversary of the University of Technology Nuremberg, Professor Dr. Isa Jahnke will be granted the professorship of Information Science & Learning Technologies on Jan. 1st, 2022 – besides being appointed first Vice President. As Founding Vice President for Academic and International Affairs, she will complement the existing Executive Board and develop and enhance digital teaching and learning with modern technologies and instructional designs.

NUREMBERG. “The development of the University of Technology Nuremberg is moving forward, not only in terms of construction and conception, but also on a leadership and staff level. We are particularly pleased to welcome Professor Dr. Jahnke as a renowned expert for digital didactics and digital learning designs, who will also hold the office of Vice President for Academic and International Affairs”, says Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans Jürgen Prömel, Founding President of the University of Technology Nuremberg, in view of the latest appointment.

Bavaria’s Minister of Science, Bernd Sibler, is pleased with the successful filling of one of the key positions at the University of Technology Nuremberg: “Professor Dr. Isa Jahnke is an eminent authority in the field of digital learning which will be of importance in the future. With her interdisciplinary expertise, she perfectly fits the innovative profile of the University of Technology Nuremberg. As former Associate Professor and Director of the Information Experience Lab at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the United States, she gained valuable experience which excellently qualifies her for Vice Presidency for Academic and International Affairs. I would like to extend a warm welcome to her at our youngest Bavarian university, wishing her every success and satisfaction in her new assignment.“

Founding Vice President for Academic and International Affairs: Prof. Dr. Isa Jahnke
Professor Dr. Isa Jahnke was appointed in a so-called lighthouse appointment procedure (without prior job advertisement) to the University of Technology Nuremberg as professor of Information Science & Learning Technologies. Furthermore, she will complement the Executive Board currently comprising the University President, Professor Prömel, and Provost Dr. Zanner, as first Founding Vice President. In terms of content, she will focus on the development and enhancement of digital teaching and learning. She has studied digital learning for more than 15 years now: in numerous projects and publications, she has conducted research into emergent technologies in higher education and schools. “As Founding Vice President for Academic and International Affairs, I will have the unique opportunity to integrate innovative and evidence-based digital learning designs into a university right from the start and to permanently entrench it there”, says Professor Jahnke. “The concept of the University of Technology Nuremberg enables us to completely re-think digital learning experience design approaches in higher education.“
Professor Jahnke completed her dissertation as Dr. phil. (Ph.D.) at TU Dortmund in 2005. From 2011 to 2015, she was Professor at the Department for Applied Educational Sciences at Umeå University in Sweden. From 2015 to 2021, she was Associate Professor at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies within the University of Missouri-Columbia in the United States, where she was also Director of the Information Experience Lab.

Interdisciplinary, International and Digital Approach
The concept of the University of Technology Nuremberg has an interdisciplinary, international and digital approach which will be developed into new forms of teaching, infrastructure and tools, and research focus on digitalization.

 

Photo (University of Technology Nuremberg): Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Hans Jürgen Prömel, Founding President of the University of Technology Nuremberg (left) and Provost Dr. Markus Zanner, handing over the certificate of appointment of Prof. Dr. Isa Jahnke as Founding Vice President for Academic and International Affairs.

 

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The University of Technology Nuremberg was founded on January 1st, 2021 and has been the first new foundation of a state-run university in Bavaria since 1978. With its consistently interdisciplinary approach, an innovative spectrum of subjects, new teaching methods and a future-oriented organizational structure, a model university will be created when it comes to teaching and research. The university is to have an international, interdisciplinary and digital approach. Upon completion, up to 6,000 students will be able to study on a campus embedded in the surrounding quarters.