Members of senior management elected for new departments and vice-rector positions


The Board of Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH has elected Urs Brügger, Johannes Schleicher and Ingrid Kissling-Näf as directors of the future departments of Health, Social Work and Business. BFH has also elected Wiebke Twisselmann as Vice-Rector of Teaching and Corina Caduff as Vice-Rector of Research.


During the process of implementing the new strategy, the University Board decided in December 2016 to revise the organisation of BFH. The current Department of Business, Health, Social Work known as WGS will be divided into three autonomous departments as of 1 January 2018. In addition, two vice-rector positions have been created for the dual core tasks of BFH – practice-based teaching and application-based research. The following individuals have been appointed as directors of the new departments and for the new vice-rector positions:


Director of the Health Department: Prof. Dr. Urs Brügger (51) has been Director of the Winterthur Institute for Health Economy at Zurich's University of Applied Sciences ZHAW since 2003. He completed his studies in political economy and sociology at the University of St. Gallen with a doctorate and holds a master's degree in Health Technology Assessment and Management. For several years, Urs Brügger worked as an independent advisor in the fields of education and health and has extensive experience in teaching and research.


Director of the Department of Social Work: Prof. Johannes Schleicher (63) has held the position of Head of the Social Work Division at BFH since 2005 and has acted as Deputy Head of the Department of Business, Health, Social Work at BFH since 2010. He holds a degree in social work and supervision and gained a qualification in law during the course of extra-occupational studies. As a lecturer at various universities, he has taught law and social work methods on the basis of extensive practical experience.


Director of the Department of Business: Dr. Ingrid Kissling-Näf (53) has held the position of Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences division at the Swiss National Sciences Foundation since 2013. She holds a master's degree in public administration and obtained a doctorate in economics at the University of St. Gallen. During her time as assistant professor at ETHZ, she carried out intensive analysis of questions regarding the economical use of resources.  She possesses extensive management experience, including at the Swiss Academy of Sciences and the Innovation Promotion Agency KTI. In addition, she was employed for two years as an advisor in private enterprise by Ernst Basler & Partner AG.


Vice-Rector of Teaching: Since 2007, Prof. Wiebke Twisselmann (58) has been responsible for collaboration management and has headed the degree programme Consecutive Master's in Social Work (a collaborative programme organised by BFH, HSLU, FHSG and ZHAW). After obtaining the licentiate in social psychology and a master's degree in organisational development, she spent over ten years as a project leader at the University of Zurich's Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine, before taking up a position as Divisional Head and a member of senior management at the Swiss Cancer League. Throughout this period, Prof. Twisselmann worked as a part-time lecturer at universities and universities of applied sciences.


Vice-Rector of Research: Prof. Dr. Corina Caduff (52) has been a professor at Zurich's University of the Arts ZHdK since 2004 where she is a member of the management team of the Institute for Theory at the Department for Cultural Analysis and Mediation. Until 2006, she was in charge of the umbrella platform for transdisciplinarity Z+ at ZHdK. The literature and cultural expert obtained her doctorate at the University of Zurich and qualified as a university lecturer at the Technical University Berlin. Prof. Caduff is a member of the Research Council at the Swiss National Science Foundation SNF and currently holds a fellowship at the International Research Centre for Cultural Sciences IFK in Vienna.

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