Dear Friends, Sponsors and Members of the University of Passau,
The academic year 2017–18 was all about our University’s 40th anniversary, which we celebrated with a big weekend festival in June and at the Dies academicus, on 9 November, as the last festivity of our anniversary year.
Forty years ago, in 1978, the University started out with a few dozen staff and just a few hundred students, sent here, to the border region between Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany, by the central university admissions body. By the year 2025, we expect to grow to approximately 15,000 students and 1,500 employees in academic and support functions. We are preparing for this by positioning the University of Passau accordingly – in terms of subject areas and by adopting suitable policies in the areas of finance, organisational structure, personnel and by expanding space capacities.
Having received full approval on our application for an extension of the campus onto to the former premises of the Lowenbrau brewery by the responsible state ministries in September 2018, we are now in a position to reflect the University’s growth into one of the world’s excellent universities in our structural development. On the Spitzberg site, the ‘Passau International Centre of Science and Research’ will be established, which will bring the university as a centre of excellent, competitive research and strong, innovative teaching closer to the city centre of Passau and create a gateway to Passau as a city of academia. The premises will also be an important place of music and culture, for which we are very grateful to the Free State of Bavaria.
The basis for all our efforts is the University Development Plan, which was adopted by the Extended University Executive with the support of all member groups of the University in the summer semester of 2018. With these, we will enter into the negotiations with the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts for the next round of target agreements, which represent a great opportunity to set the course for the future development of the University of Passau.
Further information on the research, teaching and knowledge transfer activities of the University of Passau and its four faculties can, furthermore, be found on our website, in our official university magazine, Campus Passau (German only), and in the new digital research magazine, which went live in November 2018.
Professor Carola Jungwirth
President of the University of Passau