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Digital management: New Endowed Professorship at University of Bremen

The University of Bremen will receive a new endowed professorship for “Digitale Transformation der öffentlichen Verwaltung (E-Government). The chair is located within Faculty 3 and is funded by the Bremen State Finance Department and Dataport (IT service provider for public administration).

The professorship is to develop innovative teaching offers in the area of economic and administrative computer science for bachelor and master program students at the University of Bremen and integrate them into the relevant study programs. A further development perspective is offered by the construction of a structured doctoral program with practical elements in cooperation with Bremen’s administration. The Bremen State Finance Department, Dataport, the University of Bremen and the Bremen State Science Department signed an agreement with regard to this at the beginning of May 2019.

The focus of the work by the endowed professorship should encompass the following:

•    Research into artificial intelligence/big data and also open data in administration contexts
•    Research into the acceptance of services in the field of e-government and transparent administration
•    Accompanying research into the application of digitalization projects in public administration takin ethical, legal and social aspects into account
•    Development of new IT offers based upon user requirements – the key word being user-centric design.

The Senator for Finance, Karoline Linnert, is looking forward to receiving inspiration from the field of science for the further digitalization of public administration: “Qualified, committed employees and the application of modern IT are the cornerstones of our administration. Digitalization is and will remain one of our permanent tasks – in line with an efficient, service-oriented public administration.” The professorship anchors the aspects of e-government at the university. This offers many chances for cooperation between the university and the administration in the frame of developing new IT-supported services, according to the senator. The endowed professorship would also provide apprenticeships for young IT specialists and jobs for doctoral students – “Skilled workers that we desperately need”

Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter, President of the University of Bremen, explains: “The University of Bremen is known for its outstanding work concerning artificial intelligence, robotics and industry 4.0. The digitalization of public administration can now also move more into the focus thanks to the endowed professorship.”

The strengthening of administrative computer science is of great importance for ifib (Institute for Information management Bremen GmbH) in order for the successful scientific projects to be continued, according to the scientific director Professor Andreas Breiter. “The close research cooperation between ifib and the Bremen State Administration is a unique feature in Germany and an outstanding example of scientific and technological transfer between equals.” Furthermore, this could lead to new research questions that can be further investigated within national and international joint projects.

Dr. Johann Bizer, CEO of Dataport, emphasizes: “The decisive factor for the success of digital transformation is people who master the technical basis and are able to re-think administration. We need to now build the competences for this. At Dataport, we are pleased to be able to contribute to the establishment of the professorship for Digital Transformation of Public Administration. It is an important step in the journey to a successful, digital administration.

Angelika Kretschmer
Persönliche Referentin des Rektors Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Scholz-Reiter
Universität Bremen
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Karoline Linnert und Johann Bizer (sitzend), Henning Lühr, Bernd Scholz-Reiter und Andreas Breiter (stehend, von links)
Karoline Linnert and Johann Bizer (seated), Henning Lühr, Bernd Scholz-Reiter and Andreas Breiter (standing, from the left)