"I would like to express my sincere thanks to Thomas Pawlik for his high level of personal engagement," says President Prof Dr Karin Luckey. "Under his leadership, the staff in the area of teaching and learning have been able to significantly advance a number of change projects around the topics of student services and quality management." The Central Quality Management, working in cooperation with the decentralised quality management units, is constantly improving the quality assurance and development of HSB's degree programmes. Currently, its staff are proactively involved in the upcoming system reaccreditation of the HSB. "At the same time, the Centre for Teaching and Learning has quickly become a treasure trove of innovative concepts regarding the further development of forms of learning and teaching," says President Luckey. And in its newly developed structure, the Central Student Advisory Service offers prospective students an important point of contact for all questions about studying – from the orientation phase to graduation. The same applies to the diverse activities of the Enrolment and Examination Office as well as the Career Services. In the area of academic continuing education, the introduction of additional formats has prompted discussion of possible future degree programmes and offers of continuing education.
"Being able to immerse myself even more deeply in the extraordinary diversity of the HSB through the office of Vice President of Academic Affairs was a highly rewarding experience," says Thomas Pawlik. "…and I would like to thank the university management and everyone at HSB for their trusting cooperation over the past five years." For the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs – as for all university staff – the past few years have of course been shaped largely by the pandemic. "We can be glad that during the corona years, thanks to the great cooperation and extraordinary commitment on the part of all those involved, we were able to maintain a functioning teaching and learning operation and at the same time achieve considerable advances in the digitalisation of our teaching activities," says Thomas Pawlik.
In the large-scale project for system reaccreditation that has already begun, the university management will participate in the core team through the Vice President of Digitalisation, Dr Sabina Schoefer. In the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Sabine Seidel can be contacted for organisational matters. Dr Katja Mertin is available for questions regarding thematical issues.
On 1 March 2023, Prof Dr Thomas Pawlik will return to Faculty 5 – School of Nature and Engineering as Professor of Maritime Management. He will return to his degree programme in Shipping and Chartering for the winter semester 23/24 – a programme in which the famed internationality of HSB is made particularly noticeable on a daily basis. "With my background in shipping, returning to my home port is something I am very much looking forward to," he says.