Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernhard Eitel
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State Rectors' Conference
Department of Geography

Rector of Heidelberg University

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Dr. h.c. Bernhard Eitel

Dr. h.c. Comenius University Bratislava

Second Term: 2013 – 2019

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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernhard Eitel, a geographer, is the Rector of Heidelberg University. He represents the university both internally and externally and exercises the university’s domiciliary rights.

The Rector is responsible for the university’s development and strategic orientation, as well as fundraising. Other duties include appointments to professorships as well as the governance of the Excellence Initiative.

Equal opportunity issues are handled in the Rectorate under the aegis of the Rector. Further, the Rector is the head of the University Senate and all of its committees and he bears overall responsibility for the medical faculties.

The Rector serves a six-year term.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernhard Eitel has been Rector of Heidelberg University since 1 October 2007. He was re-elected by the senate for another six years in December 2012.


CV (short)


Publications (PDF)


Essays and Talks on Higher Education Issues

Annual Celebration 2018 (PDF) (Ger)

Annual Celebration 2017 (PDF) (Ger)

Annual Celebration 2016 (PDF) (Ger)

Annual Celebration 2015 (PDF) (Ger)

Annual Celebration 2014 (PDF) (Ger)

Annual Celebration 2013 (PDF) (Ger)

Annual Celebration 2012 (PDF) (Ger)

Annual Celebration 2011 (PDF) (Ger)

Annual Celebration 2010 (PDF) (Ger)

Universität Heidelberg – Realizing the Potential of a Comprehensive Research University (PDF) (Ger) in Hochschulgovernance - Best-Practice-Beispiele (2017) Externer Inhalt - ISBN: 978-3-95721-262-7, page 19 - 32

The academic community as the basis for a successful university (PDF, 2014) (Ger)

Leading in Science – Are Successes in Science partly a Question of Leadership? (PDF) (Ger) in eponymous publication by The Hanns Martin Schleyer Foundation (2014) Externer Inhalt   - ISBN: 978-3-9809206-2-9, page 27-32

The Meaning of the Doctorate (PDF, 2010) (Ger)

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