Office of the Rectorate

Think tank and networker

The Office of the Rectorate provides advice and support for the Rectorate of the University in its corporate planning and decision making processes and, in doing so, contributes to a professional and targeted university management.

Ideas and Concepts

The strategy team is a part of the Office of the Rectorate and functions as the university’s think tank. It gives impulses, embraces ideas from inside as well as outside of the university and produces new concepts. It accompanies their implementation and change processes and identifies unused potential amongst the academic staff of the university. The Office of the Rectorate is responsible for developing strategies and measures that contribute to increasing the attractiveness and competitiveness of the university.

Exchange of information and ideas

The Office of the Rectorate maintains a constant exchange of information and ideas with scientists as well as central university institutions. It adopts ideas, identifies where there is need for action and feeds the information into the Rectorate as well as from the Rectorate to the faculties and institutes. As “networkers”, the staff of the  Office of the Rectorate also supports the university management by nurturing contacts with external partners from science, business, politics and culture.

Initiatives and Projects

Increased competitiveness in research and education frequently produces initiatives and calls for proposals that need a strategic approach in order to be successful. This makes comprehensive coordination imperative especially when a number of institutes, organizations and partners are involved.

The Office of the Rectorate accompanies, facilitates and initiates proposals and applications that stem from the university management. The permanent coordination of projects with major strategic importance lies with the Office of the Rectorate. Examples of this are the third-party funded projects like QuaLIKiSS [de] or support of the resarch campus ARENA2036 [de].



Startups are a driver of innovation, create jobs, and secure the economic prospects of the local area. The significance of start-ups has been known for some time. A lot of funding formats and activities only get going when a concrete business idea is already in place. With the "let US start!" project, the University of Stuttgart wants to get started earlier and get students enthusiastic about being an entrepreneur. It is designed to make the idea of setting up your own company seem like a more attractive, alternative future. Different types of events should help to develop and establish a lively entrepreneurial spirit on campus in Stuttgart. The "Let US start!" program funded by the Vector foundation kicks off in 2018.

Dr. Eric Heintze
Tel. +49 711 685-81065

Let US start!

The main aim of “Let US elevate!" is to promote a start-up culture at the University of Stuttgart in the field of intelligent systems for a sustainable society. To achieve this goal, the “Let US elevate” project, supported by the Ministry for Science, Research and Art of Baden-Wuerttemberg, brings together innovative ideas from university research and excellent students, to introduce them to the idea of starting their own company, to teach them business skills and encourage interdisciplinary thinking. This approach is intended to simultaneously strengthen the University of Stuttgart’s reputation as a problem-solving institution and innovative industrial partner.  

Tobias Dürr 
Tel. +49 711 685-81102

ARENA2036 (Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles) is one of the winners of the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) competition “Research Campus – Public-Private Partnership for Innovation”. The Office of the Rectorate was responsible for preparing and coordinating the ARENA 2036 proposal and now the management of the ARENA project is also located in the Office of the Rectorate.

Research factory

Over the next 15 years or more, ARENA2036 will conduct an innovative, unprecedented cooperation between science and industry under one roof in a common research factory (completion end of 2016) on the campus of the University of Stuttgart. Researchers from science and industry will cooperate in synergy on the subject of “flexible, versatile production and intelligent lightweight construction”. They will be researching the fundamentals of intelligent lightweight construction and will develop novel and competitive production models for the automobile factory of the future.

Dr. Michael Waldbauer
Office of the Rectorate, University of Stuttgart
Tel.+49 711 685-81000

Peter Froeschle
Tel.+49 711 685-68360


With the federal/state Teaching Quality Pact (QPL), the Federal ministry of Education and Reseach (BMBF) funded measures for improving conditions for students and for improving the quality of teaching at German universities. The funding took place in two phases from 2011 to 2020. The University of Stuttgart receive funding for the project “Individuality and Cooperation in Stuttgart Study Programs (QuaLIKiSS)” in both funding phases and by the end of the project, the university had made several significant improvements in terms of teaching quality.  The aim of QuaLIKiSS was to ensure the sustainable implementation of the findings of the Bologna-Reform, particularly the optimization of the introductory phase of MINT study programs, as well as the optimization of teacher training programs offered at the University of Stuttgart. In both project phases, comprehensive changes were implemented in the following areas in both project phases: didactics and supervision, MINT core studies, interdisciplinary teaching, and teacher training. In the second funding phase, the areas of heterogeneity and innovative testing were also included.

In terms of didactics and supervision, the project focused on the qualifications of teaching staff, academic employees, and new professors, as well as the development of further subject and event-specific courses in the study of didactics. Furthermore, an “early warning system” was also created, in the form of a study progress monitoring system. This allows any difficulties encountered during studying to be recognized early and these can then be countered accordingly. The Intercultural Mentoring Program supports international students enrolled on full-time study programs by offering on-to-one mentoring from German students, as well as study program-related courses and conversation groups. A varied supportive program enables participants to partake in intercultural and interdisciplinary exchanges and make new contacts.

The cores subjects in MINT courses (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology) often pose difficulties for students during the introductory phase of the course that can lead to students dropping out. Due to their varied backgrounds, students begin these courses with very diverse prior knowledge. The supervision options have been improved in this area and additional group exercises are also offered.

In terms of improving heterogeneity, several measures have been successfully implemented. Most projects in the first funding phase focused on the element of support and served to make the introductory phase of the study program easier, so that QuaLIKiSS 2 was able to focus on a new aspect, namely that of encouraging particularly gifted students. The creation of the School for Talents comprises a university-wide infrastructural framework that has made it possible to develop new opportunities for this group of students.

Supervisory relationships have also been improved in teacher training courses. A coordination unit and service points have been implemented to support trainee teachers. This concept also makes it possible for students to gain a Bachelor’s degree as an alternative qualification, which offers students the chance to study courses not offered on teacher training study programs.

The subproject Innovative Testing focuses on the outcome of teaching and observes the skills-oriented design and optimization of exams. This expanded the focus of the entire project beyond learning and teaching culture to include modules and events.

Publications about the QuaLIKiSS-Projekt:



This image shows Michael Waldbauer

Michael Waldbauer


Head of Office of the Rectorate


Office of the Rectorate

Azenbergstr. 16,

70174 Stuttgart

To the top of the page