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Great impetus from the Hightech Agenda Bayern

Die FAU erhält 50 neue Professuren und 750 neue Studienplätze in Hightech-Fächern. (Bild: FAU/Kurt Fuchs)FAU/Kurt Fuchs

FAU receives a total of 50 new professorships

From the High-Tech Agenda Bavaria, which was presented by Minister President Dr. Markus Söder in the autumn and which has now been provided with details at the retreat in Kloster Seeon, FAU will receive eight professorships in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), three more in computer science and 39 research professorships by 2023. Included are personnel and material resources amounting to almost 12 million euros as well as construction funds.

Four AI professorships and ten research professorships, including equipment, are to be filled as early as the 2020 budget year, with the others to follow successively in 2022 and 2023. The FAU as a whole is to benefit from the new 39 professorships to strengthen research, as they do not increase the overall capacity of the university, but serve to individually reduce the teaching load of particularly strong researchers. “This is an opportunity to set a very specific course in innovative fields of research”, explains FAU President Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger. “I am sure that this will be an additional incentive for our researchers to acquire projects and conduct top-level research.

The agenda at FAU also includes the creation of over 750 new study places in the high-tech subjects and support for the Competence Centers for Digital Teaching and Learning (DigiLLabs), which are one of the three interdisciplinary profile focuses of the teacher training courses in Erlangen-Nuremberg. Hornegger emphasizes: “We see our profile-building efforts in innovative research fields of recent years confirmed and can expand our thematic focuses even more. Like the FAU, the State of Bavaria relies on research strength and a solid education of students in subjects that underpin Bavaria’s importance as a high-tech location”. Read on…