The H-BRS University Council

Opening hours: 
On weekdays
According to prior agreement.
Grantham-Allee 20
Sankt Augustin
E 244
Phone Number(s): 
+49 2241 865 698
Email Address: 
claudius.rauhut [at]
The University Council is responsible for setting up the University's strategy; it provides advice to the Office of the President and monitors the way it conducts management. It officially appoints the President of the University and acts as the supervisory body over the administrative affairs.
Der Hochschulrat der H-BRS im September 2017

MKW-undersecretary of state, Annette Storsberg (third from right) and the President of the Univeristy, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Ihne (far right) with the University Council, from left: Prof. Dr Simone Bürsner​, Rainer Otto​, Prof. Dr Jakob Rhyner, Sylvie Hambloch-Gesinn​, Prof. Dr Karin Hummel​, Dr Andrea Niehaus, Prof. Dr Peter Kaul​, Prof. Dr Klaus Deimel. Photo: H-BRS/E. Tritschler

According to the Higher Education Autonomy Act (Hochschulfreiheitsgesetz, HFG) of the German federal state of North-Rhine-Westphalia, every university has to establish a university council. The eight members of the University Council of the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (H-BRS) - i.e. four external and four internal members - receive their letters of appointment from the North-Rhine Westphalian Minister of Culture and Science. In 2007, H-BRS was the first University in North-Rhine Westphalia to establish a University Council.

The Higher Education Autonomy Act requires that the members of the University Council are or have been engaged in responsible positions in society, above all in academia, culture or business and industry, and that they have acquired the knowledge and experience necessary to make a contribution to achieving the objectives and fulfilling the duties of the University.

Members of the H-BRS University Council

The eight voting members of the University Council:

  • Professor Dr. Jakob Rhyner, Vice Rector Europe, United Nations University
  • Prof. Dr Simone Bürsner, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
  • Prof. Dr Klaus Deimel, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
  • Sylvie Hambloch-Gesinn, counsellor-at-law
  • Prof. Dr Karin Hummel, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
  • Prof. Dr Peter Kaul, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
  • Dr Andrea Niehaus, Director of the Deutsches Museum Bonn
  • Rainer Otto, board of management WIRTGEN GROUP Holding GmbH

Meetings of the University Council

The University Council convenes at least four times a year. Its meetings are not open to the public. However, the participating members of the Office of the President hold an advisory vote.