The chief digital officer CDO advises the University Executive Board on all issues, processes, and organizational questions pertaining to digitalization. He takes on a coordinating, integrating, and managerial function for the comprehensive digitalization of learning and teaching, research, and administration at the university. The coronavirus pandemic currently intensifies the general challenges for digitalization and its management.
The CDO works towards creating effective governance to organize the digital transformation. Together with the relevant stakeholders, he develops strategic aims and manages their institutional implementation under special consideration of user needs. He also ensures that activities adhere to the Strategy 2018-2028, the relevant sub-strategies, and especially the digital transformation strategy that is currently being created.
The CDO is a commissioner of the University Executive Board. He holds the authority to set specialist guidelines for the implementation of the university-wide digital transformation strategy. He is responsible for the technical, organizational, and user-oriented integration and coordination of all activities in the fields of digital information and communication as well as the application of information technologies and connected investment recommendations. The established IT service and support facilities of the university remain the first place of contact for all matters related to their field of work.
In addition to his key responsibilities, the CDO acts as liaison between the University Executive Board, the individual administrations, and representatives of the target groups. Step by step, new regular communication and steering groups are going to be established for effective institutional coordination.
In the development phase, the Staff Unit for Strategic Initiatives (SPE) will provide support.
The CDO also represents the field externally, whether this be in regard to coordination with other universities, the scientific authority, or national committees, for example, on the topic of data protection.