Senate Elects Óscar Loureda Vice-Rector for Quality Development
23 July 2013
The Senate of Heidelberg University has elected a new vice-rector for quality development in its session on 23 July 2013. This office is to be taken over by linguist Prof. Dr. Óscar Loureda, head of the Spanish department of Heidelberg University’s Institute of Translation and Interpreting and director of the University’s Ibero-American Centre. His three-year term of office begins on 1 October 2013.
Óscar Loureda (b. 1974) studied Spanish at the University of La Coruña (Spain), where he completed his doctorate in Spanish linguistics in 2001. He spent several years of teaching and research at La Coruña, during which time he was awarded two research grants by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation that took him to the University of Tübingen in 2005 and 2007. After his national habilitation in 2008, Óscar Loureda was appointed professor of Spanish linguistics and translation studies at the Faculty of Modern Languages of Heidelberg University. From 2010 to 2013 he was managing director of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. He has figured as visiting lecturer/professor in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Prof. Loureda is an advisory board member for various academic journals, belongs to a number of academic bodies in Germany and elsewhere and is deputy chairman of the German Association of Hispanists.
As vice-rector for quality development Prof. Loureda succeeds psychologist Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Sonntag, who has held this post since 2009. Other prorectors elected in the recent past are chemist Prof. Dr. A. Stephen K. Hashmi (research and structure), English scholar Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse (student affairs and teaching) and physicist Prof. Dr. Dieter W. Heermann (international relations).