University of Bayreuth, Press Release No 131/2021 September 21rst 2021
New CIO: Prof. Dr. Torsten Eymann is responsible for strategic digitalisation at the University of Bayreuth
The University of Bayreuth (UBT) is taking into account the powerful dynamics in the field of digitalisation and is strategically strengthening the topic. Since September 1rst, Prof. Dr. Torsten Eymann, Chair of Business & Information Systems Engineering and Head of the Fraunhofer Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering FIT, has been Chief Information Officer (CIO) of UBT. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the UBT's digitalisation and advises governing bodies and administration.
The demands on the information technology equipment of a university have increased continuously over recent years – something which has only accelerated most recently due to the necessary and dynamic developments of the coronavirus pandemic. This raises many professional and technical questions and an urgent need for coordination within and beyond the University.
At the same time, the demands on the sustainability of a university - keyword: Green IT - continue to increase. "That's why we decided to create the position of a CIO," explains University President Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible. "Prof. Dr. Torsten Eymann will fill this office in close coordination with his successor in the vice-presidency, Prof. Dr. Susanne Tittlbach. I thank him very much for his willingness to continue to contribute his IT expertise to the University of Bayreuth."
The CIO of the University of Bayreuth is responsible for the strategic direction of the University's digitalisation. He is to develop digitisation approaches for the areas of administration, teaching, and research in close coordination with all stakeholders. He also means to promote cross-university networking, exchange, and cooperation within the framework of BayWISS, Universität Bayern e.V., and nationwide, e.g. with the Higher Education Forum on Digitisation. Moreover, the CIO mediates between the University's governing bodies (Senate, University Governing Board, University Council) and the IT Service Centre, the faculties, and administration. His upcoming tasks will include the implementation of the Digital Agenda and the transition from coronavirus digitisation to a new form of permanently digitally supported research and teaching.