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Winfried Schulze appointed founding director of Center for Advanced Studies

Munich, 06/27/2008

President Bernd Huber has appointed LMU Munich professor Winfried Schulze, Leibniz Award holder and former Chairman of the German Council of Science and Humanities, to the position of Founding Director of the new Center for Advanced Studies (CAS-LMU). The goal of the institution is to provide academics of global renown with the scope for interdisciplinary exchange. “The Center for Advanced Studies is planned to become a vibrant interface at LMU Munich, where excellent academics from all over the world can develop innovative research ideas,“ stated Huber  at LMU’s foundation commemoration today. “Our appointment of Winfried Schulze as Director has gained us not only an outstanding academic, but also an expert on the German and international tertiary education sectors who, furthermore, has taught for many years at LMU Munich.“

As Founding Director, Winfried Schulze will build up the concept of CAS-LMU, an integral part of the institutional strategy LMUexcellent, and will work with the future board and members of the Center on its implementation.  “I am greatly looking forward to my new tasks of promoting and supporting interdisciplinary and international exchange at LMU Munich“, said Schulze. CAS-LMU, which will open officially this fall, will serve as a central platform for interdisciplinary academic communication and organize regular events such as working discussions, summer schools and symposia. In addition to wide-ranging services, it will provide its own visiting fellowship program and support new research ideas from its own project funds. The Center will be housed in a prestigious building in close proximity to the University in  Seestrasse 13.

Winfried Schulze, born in Bergisch-Gladbach in 1942, held the Chair of Early Modern History at LMU Munich from 1993 to 2008. In 1993 he received the Leibniz Award of the German Research Foundation (DFG). In addition to his academic activities, Schulze is a member of numerous tertiary education boards and a member of various academic committees including those of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities and Academia Europaea. The historian was Chairman of the German Council of Science and Humanities from 1996 to 2001, and has been Chairman of the University Council of the University of Paderborn since 2007.


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