The president represents the university and is the chairperson of the University Board. He initiates strategies for the university’s development and drafts the principal goals of higher education.
Alfred Forchel was born in 1952 in Stuttgart. From 1972 to 1978, he studied physics at Stuttgart University. In 1983, he completed his PhD and in 1988, he completed his habilitation. From 1984 to 1990, he was head of the University of Stuttgart’s microstructure lab.
In 1990, Alfred Forchel was offered the position of chair of “Technische Physik” at the University of Würzburg. He also became the head of the university’s micro/nanofabrication lab, which began operations in 1994. Professor Forchel is one of the fathers of the Nanostructure Technology course, the first engineering course offered at the University of Würzburg. His main fields of work include nanofabrication, physics of semiconductor nanostructures, and semiconductor lasers.
In October 2009, Alfred Forchel took office as president of the university. In 2010, he was (together with Jan Misiewicz) honored with the Copernicus Award of the German Research Foundation. In 2011, professor Forchel was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Wrocław (Breslau). In February 2015, he was reelected for a second term of office.
The President’s Priorities and Goals
In addition to continuing his predecessors’ successful work, Alfred Forchel gives priority to enhancing the quality of research, teaching, and administration. Additional matters of great importance to him are the strengthening of knowledge and technology transfer, as well as that of the university’s visibility in society.
One of his main goals is to further develop the university’s research profile and, at the same time, promote smaller, high quality projects in all areas of research. This includes the strengthening of third-party funding in all faculties, the expansion of joint interdisciplinary research projects, and the establishment of non-university research institutions.
The main teaching goals are the optimization and quality assurance of bachelor and master courses as well as that of the teacher training and state examination courses. As a result, the development of innovative teaching and learning concepts, the improvement of support during the initial phase of studies, the extended use of learning platforms and further academic training are prioritized to contribute to life-long learning and the qualification of professionals.
Additional strategic priorities include promoting equality at all levels, improving the compatibility of family and career, and expanding the cooperation with renowned universities worldwide within the context of internationalization in research, teaching, and administration. Another focus addresses advancing young scientists in all faculties as well as expanding the cooperation between science and industry, and public relations work.