Handing over office to the new rector

Professor Dr. Angelika Epple was inaugurated in her new office as the university’s rector on the evening of Friday, 13 October. More than 500 guests attended the festive event in what currently is the university’s largest lecture hall in building Y. Guests included, among other people, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister for Education, Culture and Science Ina Brandes, Bielefeld’s mayor Pit Clausen, and Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, the university’s former rector. International guests from Bielefeld’s partner universities were attending as well. Find a review of the evening in pictures, the video recording of Angelika Epple’s inaugural speech and the international perspective during and around the inauguration below.

The handover of office in pictures

The inaugural address by Prof’in Dr Angelika Epple (in German)

The inaugural speech of Rector Prof’in Dr. Angelika Epple on 13 October 2023 in Lecture Hall Building Y at Bielefeld University.

Many international guests of the university came to attend the inauguration, including representatives of the international partner universities from Bologna (Italy), Guadalajara (Mexico), and Vienna (Austria). The president of Osaka University in Japan, a long-term strategic partner of Bielefeld University, sent a digital greeting to Angelika Epple for her inauguration.

Greetings by Shojiro Nishio, President of Osaka University

Shojiro Nishio, President of Osaka University, addresses Angelika Epple with a greeting. Osaka is one of Bielefeld’s strategic partner universities.

The international partners from the NEOLAiA network had come to Bielefeld for their network convention in the days around the new rector’s inauguration. They were able to not only inspect the growing Bielefeld Campus in a joint tour with chancellor Dr. Stephan Becker and rector Professor Dr. Angelika Epple, but also had the opportunity to plant another tree in the European Forest behind the Social Field by building X.