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The Berlin University of the Arts Elects Prof. Norbert Palz as Its New President

12 December 2019

The Berlin University of the Arts Elects
Prof. Norbert Palz as Its New President

In today’s session of the Expanded Academic Senate of the Berlin University of the Arts, Prof. Norbert Palz was elected as the new president of the university in the third round of voting.

Following the vote, Prof. Palz said, “I look forward to working with all the faculties, the inter-university centres and the Berlin Career College continuing education division at a 21st century artistic university – while keeping in mind its traditions and the cultures that have evolved within it and always with the aim of strengthening the importance of the arts in society.”

Since 2010, Prof. Palz has been Professor for Digital and Experimental Design in the Architecture programme of the Berlin University of the Arts. Norbert Palz’s teaching and research are situated in the context of art, architecture and technology. Since 2018, he has been the First Vice President of the Berlin University of the Arts.

The term of the current president, Prof. Martin Rennert, ends on 9 January 2020. The elected candidate will be appointed by the Berlin Senate. Prof. Palz will take office at the earliest possible date; the term of office is five years.

Further informations
Claudia Assmann
Head of Press / Communications
Universität der Künste Berlin
+49 30 3185-2456

The Berlin University of the Arts is one of the largest art schools in the world and the only one that unites all the artistic disciplines and the scholarly disciplines related to them. Over 70 programmes in the arts, art history and theory, and art education are offered in the four colleges – the College of Fine Arts; the College of Architecture, Media and Design; the College of Music; and the College of Performing Arts – as well as the University’s continuing education division, the Berlin Career College. Around one-fifth of the approximately 4000 students come from abroad. The history of the UdK Berlin goes back to the founding of the Brandenburg-Prussian Academy of Arts in 1696. Its current form came into being in 1975 by way of the merging of the School of Fine Arts and the School of Music and Performing Arts into the Academy of Arts (HdK). The Berlin University of the Arts bears its current name since 2001. Professor Martin Rennert has been the president of the university since 2006. With over 600 events per year, the UdK makes a leading contribution to the cultural life of the city.

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