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University nominates Prof Dr Rainer Klump as new president

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Published on Tuesday, 04 March 2014

The economist Rainer Klump (55) is to lead the University of Luxembourg into the future as its new president. The University's board of governors decided at its meeting on 1 March to propose Klump's appointment to the Government.

Dr Rainer Klump is full-time vice-president of Goethe University Frankfurt, which with 45,000 students is among the largest universities in Germany. A native of Hesse (D), he studied economics in Mainz, Paris I and Erlangen-Nuremberg where he got his doctorate and his habilitation and, besides his own language, he is a fluent speaker of French and English. The stations on his career path include professorships at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg, the University of Ulm and Goethe University as well as being guest professor at Sciences Po in Paris, Université Paris-Dauphine and the University of Lyons 2. Dr Klump is married to Dr Annette Kersch, whose family comes from Udelfangen (Trierweiler) and has two daughters.

“I am honoured in the confidence placed in me and look forward to five exciting years at the helm of the country's largest academic institution”, said Professor Klump. “After the first ten years, the second stage in the University of Luxembourg's development will now begin in which past achievements must be secured and innovative responses must be found for new challenges in order to permanently position the university in worldwide competition. I am deeply impressed by its structures, its staff and its successes and they constitute an outstanding basis in order to mould the next phase."

With his many years' experience in university administration, Rainer Klump has the ideal profile for this task, as Marc Jaeger, chairman of the board of governors, stressed.

After having completed two mandates totaling ten years, the current University president  Prof. Dr. Rolf Tarrach will leave his position on 31st December 2014.