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Quality Pact for Teaching at JMU

Individual Project “Improved Quality of Teaching at the University of Würzburg II”

Project Data: Individual Project “Improved Quality of Teaching at the University of Würzburg II”

Project Title

Improved Quality of Teaching at the University of Würzburg II

Information on Funding

This program is supported through funds of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of the joint federal and state government development program for better study conditions and higher quality of teaching (“Quality Pact for Teaching”).

Funding Code


Project Period

01.10.2016 – 31.12.2020

Project Leader

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Holzgrabe

Project Description

The Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg is a full-scale university with ten faculties covering a wide range of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and life sciences disciplines as well as technical subjects. In total, the university offers over 250 degree programs. In order to provide the nearly 29,000 JMU students (as of the winter semester 2016/17) the highest level of quality in education, the university is committed to making continuous, sustainable improvements in the quality of teaching, as well as to developing innovative educational programs.

In the framework of the Quality Pact for Teaching, students, lecturers, and university management at JMU implement closely interlinked measures of university-wide significance with the aim of improving the quality of teaching. Building on the experience gained during the first funding period, the second funding period will see the programs of the previous period continued, further developed, and systematically integrated into a university-wide quality management framework. With regard to these efforts, a primary focus is the sustainable integration of the programs and concepts into the regular functioning of the university.

Project Structure and Communication

Project Management: The project is led by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Holzgrabe, Vice President for Study and Teaching and Teacher Education.

Steering Committee: The steering committee is composed of the following individuals: University President Prof. Dr. Alfred Forchel, Vice President Prof. Dr. Ulrike Holzgrabe, Vice President Prof. Dr. Andrea Szczesny, Vice President Prof. Dr. Barbara Sponholz, Chancellor Dr. Uwe Klug, Daniel Janke (student representative).

Coordination group: The coordination group is represented by its Chair, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Holzgrabe, and all sub-project leaders as well as Berkan Yildiz (Project Coordination/Quality Management) and Annette Popp (Press and Public Relations).

Working Meetings: In regular working sessions, sub-project leaders and staff discuss their experiences and exchange information about the developments and results of the individual projects. An important objective of these meetings is also the topic-specific networking of program participants, as well as the linking of the program and its projects with developments in the field of study and teaching at the university.

Newsletter: An (email) newsletter regularly provides individuals involved in teaching at JMU with news and information on developments and important dates of the two projects. You are welcome to subscribe to the newsletter.

Online Magazine einBLICK: In numerous articles, the University of Würzburg‘s weekly online magazine einBLICK reports a wide variety of news on the projects, including futher developments and appointments.

Current Events: Numerous online news services provide information on current developments in the sub-projects.

Press Review and Media Digest: In the online press review and media digest, you can look up articles dealing with topics related to the Quality Pact for Teaching at JMU. 

Networking: The project staff maintain an open dialogue with other universities in Germany and abroad in order to share information, experiences, and results and to aid in the further development of sub-projects in Würzburg.

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