Think tank and networker

Office of the Rectorate

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].




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.

  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Daimler AG
  • German Institutes for Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf (DITF)
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Siemens
  • KUKA
  • Festo
  • FARO
  • PILZ
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FhG)
  • Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS) 
  • Artur Bär Maschinenbau GmbH
  • DYNAmore GmbH

The BMBF funds the project with EURO 10 million during the first 5-year phase. Partners and sponsors contribute a further EURO 50 million during this phase.


Peter Froeschle, CEO ARENA2036
Tel.+49 711 685-68360 [de]

How do top talents from university, research institutes and industry perform when they are under one roof? How are new ideas generated? What can boost their creativity? How can results from the research factory be quickly implemented in industrial production?

Technology transfer

One of the cross-sectional areas of research funded by BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) is Khoch3 of ARENA2036.  Khoch3 will organize the specific work environment of the ARENA – the research factory – in an ergonomically sound way. It will explore the effectiveness of the research campus with regards to its structure as well as the tools that are used. Furthermore, methods for improving the coordination of technological and product development will be analyzed and a new approach to transfer will be prepared that will crystalize the need for forthcoming skills directly from the R&D process. This will mean that vocational education and training will be able to provide the expertise for future technology transfer within the region in real-time. 

The funds for Khoch3 amount to EURO 1.1 million. The project management is part of the Office of the Rectorate.


Roeland Hoogeveen
Tel. +49 711 685-81008

The project "Teaching Quality Pact - Individuality and Cooperation in Courses of Study at the University of Stuttgart (QuaLIKiSS)" is a project that started on October 1, 2011. Over a period of five year, the University of Stuttgart will receive funding amounting to EURO 10.5 million from the Federal Ministry of Education and Technology. The aim of QuaLIKiSS is to ensure a lasting effect of the Bologna reform, especially the optimization of the starting phase of MINT-studies as well as the degree programs for teachers offered by the University of Stuttgart. The Office of the Rectorate is also responsible for this project.

In May 2015 the research proposal for a second funding period was submitted to the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research). Alongside the continuation of the current successful measures it suggestes several new, innovative aspects.


Karin Kollischon
Tel. +49 711 685-82177 [de]


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Michael Waldbauer

Head of Office of the Rectorate