Committees

Bern University of Applied Sciences’ committees coordinate the development of key interdisciplinary areas.

At BFH, we have the following standing committees:

The remit of the Bilingualism and Multilingualism Committee includes setting goals and policies for bilingualism and multilingualism in teaching, continuing education, research, consulting services and management in line with the BFH strategy. The Committee also promotes awareness of bilingualism and multilingualism among students and staff and encourages everyone at BFH to recognise the opportunity that bilingualism and multilingualism offers both on an institutional and an individual level.

President

Vice President:

​Elisabeth Steele

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences

Members:

Dr Jolanda Jenzer Althaus

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering

Walter Mengisen

Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM

Stefanie Diviani

Health Professions

​Dr Marie Caffari

Bern University of the Arts

​Manuela Mauerhofer

Services and President’s Office

​Annemarie Dick

Social Work

Jacqueline Bürki, ad interim

Business

​Philippe Gasser*

Transitional Language Support

​Tobias Keller*

Specialist office

​Sandra Balsiger*

Administrative services

*Non-voting member

The Equal Opportunities Committee develops strategies, concepts and tools to ensure that men and women are equally represented at all levels and on all boards and committees at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH). The Committee advises the University Executive Board and the individual departments on all political, strategic and operative matters relating to equal opportunities at BFH.

President

Members:

 

Prof Katrin Künzi Hummel

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering

Prof Ursula Hölzli Reid

Health Professions

Christoph Brunner

Bern University of the Arts

Karin Ruchti

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences

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Social Work

Prof Annette Kipka

Engineering and Information Technology

Prof Isabelle Clerc

Business

Matthias Grabherr

Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen

The Research Committee develops strategies and guidelines for applied research and development at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) and oversees their implementation. The Committee encourages the transfer of knowledge and technology in teaching and practice and maintains relationships with partners in business, social, cultural and public institutions. Part of its remit is to coordinate and promote research activities throughout BFH. Its goal is to position BFH as an established and recognised research partner on the national and international stage.

Members:

 

Peter Brunner

Engineering and Information Technology

Prof Thomas Gartmann

Bern University of the Arts

Prof Sabine Hahn

Health Professions

Prof Doris Herrmann

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences

Prof Sebastian Gurtner

Business

Dr. Frédéric Pichelin

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering

Prof Martin Wild-Näf

Social Work

Dr Jon Wehrlin

Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen

The Internationalisation Committee encourages and coordinates the international dimension of the teaching, continuing education and research and development activities at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH). It helps ensure that BFH as an institution and its individual staff members and students benefit from the opportunities that an international outlook offers as we carry out our core activities. The Committee promotes and supports compliance with international standards and accreditations. It is also responsible for cooperation with international exchange programmes and encourages participation in international research programmes and research activities. As part of its remit, the Committee represents BFH on university committees and in national and international organisations.

BFH has an International Relations Office (IRO). The IRO carries out central tasks, coordinates activities and supports the departments in implementing internationalisation.

Members:

Valentine Allemann

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences

Prof Jacqueline Bürki

Business

Prof Eveline Ammann Dula

Social Work

Prof Peter Eigenmann

Head International Relations Office

Aileen Kirchhofer

Health Professions

Prof Alexander Leu

Engineering and Information Technology

Nina Grunder

Bern University of the Arts

Markus Schär

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering

The Teaching Committee supports teaching at Bern University of Applied Sciences. It deals with the national and international development of university teaching, addresses the concerns of groups that have a stake in teaching within the university and encourages an exchange of experience and mutual support. The Committee supports the departments in delivering targets that affect teaching and advises them on curriculum development. It also develops a regulatory framework for the university’s study programmes and recommendations for department-specific regulations.

Members:

 

Urs Heimberg

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering

Nina Grunder

Bern University of the Arts

Dominique Herren

Specialist University didactics + E-learning office

Dr. Klaus Frei

Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM

Prof. Dr. Anja Habegger

Business

Dr Roland Stähli

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences

Prof Petra Benz Bartoletta

Social Work

Prof Eugen Mischler

Health Professions

Dr Erich Wyler

Engineering and Information Technology

The remit of the Sustainable Development Committee includes setting goals and policies for sustainable development in teaching, continuing education, research, consulting services and management in line with the BFH strategy, the cantonal and federal sustainability strategies and the UN’s sustainable development goals.

Vice President:

Martin Kieser

Services

Members:

Stephan Wüthrich

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering

Petra Kupferschmid

Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM

Marco Köchli

Health Professions

Lea Ulm

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences

Stefan Wülfert

Bern University of the Arts

André Zdunek

Social Work

Diego Jannuzzo

Engineering and Information Technology

Manuel Fischer

Business

Karin Morger

Student Representative

The Quality Development Committee oversees systematic quality management at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH). It develops tools for assessing the quality of teaching, applied research, consulting services and management at BFH. It also devises measures to enhance quality and initiates their implementation.

Members:

Dr Andrea Abraham

Social Work

Gabriela Vettiger

Services

Prof Rolf Jufer

Engineering and Information Technology

Marco Köchli

Health Professions

Karin Weber

Bern University of the Arts

Simone Kunz

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering

Prof Martin Halter

Business

Christoff Kandera

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences

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The Continuing Education Committee coordinates continuing education at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH), ensures quality management and publishes approved continuing education programmes. It seeks to ensure that the continuing education activities at BFH are recognised as being of a high quality, in line with market requirements and self-supporting and that they meet federal guidelines and the recommendations of the Rector’s Conference of Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences (KFH).

Members:  

Prof Konstantin Brander

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering

Martin Rytz

Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM

Fabian Schwab

Health Professions

Swantje Rahn

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences

Verena Andel

Bern University of the Arts

Prof Martin Wild-Näf

Social Work

Prof Kim Tokarski

Business

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The Appeals Committee is the internal administrative judicial authority at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH). Its handles students’ complaints about rulings and decisions made by their university. The Committee is headed by a member with a background in law who is not employed by BFH. The Appeals Committee also includes two lecturer representatives, a representative of the mid-level academic staff and a student representative.

President:

Dr Dino Degiorgi

Members:

Marylou Bregy

Lecturer Representative (Engineering and Information Technology)

Prof Michel Krebs

Lecturer Representative (Business)

Christian Martens

Student Representative (Engineering and Information Technology)

Nora Läng

Mid-level Academic Staff Representative (Vice President Teaching)

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