The Rector of GUtech represents the University internally and externally. The Rector is the Managing Director of the University and is responsible for:
Managing the resources of GUtech with the aim of achieving the Vision and Mission defined by the Board of Governors;
Providing effective administrative and academic leadership in compliance with RWTH Aachen standards and requirements;
Ensuring that all activities within the university are carried out in accordance to the regulatory framework of the University, including policies, regulations, and this Constitution;
Ensuring that relevant policies and regulations are developed and submitted for approval to the corresponding Board or Committee;
Setting up and managing quality assurance processes within the University;
Evaluating the achievements of the University;
Forming committees for the selection of professors, of which at least one member is appointed by RWTH Aachen. The RWTH Aachen representative has a right to veto the appointment of any proposed candidate for the position of full-professor or associate professor. The Rector of GUtech also has the right to veto the appointment of any proposed candidate for the position of full-professor or associate professor.
The Rector of GUtech also has the authority to delegate administrative and academic responsibilities within an appropriate reporting and accountability framework.
RWTH Aachen recommends candidates for the position of the Rector of GUtech to the Board of Governors.
Deputy Rector for Administration and Finances
The Deputy Rector for Administration and Finances is responsible for:
Managing all financial matters of GUtech;
Managing all administrative departments of GUtech, with the exception of the Registration and Student Affairs Department;
Acting on behalf of the Rector in his/her absence;
Developing, promoting and monitoring a culture of efficient, result- and customer-oriented corporate services; and
Deciding on administrative staffing and personnel developments within the administration in compliance with RWTH Aachen.
RWTH Aachen recommends candidates for the position of Deputy Rector for Administration and Finances to the Board of Governors. The Deputy Rector for Administration and Finances is appointed by the Board of Governors.
Deputy Rector for Academic Affairs
Coordinating the academic staffing for the programmes offered, based on the recommendations made by the Recruitment Committees chaired by the relevant Deans.
Developing, promoting and monitoring a culture of efficient teaching and learning
Ensuring quality assurance of teaching and learning
Developing an environment that is conducive to research within GUtech; promote GUtech as a centre of research excellence and assist academic staff in attracting third-party funding through the development of networks with industry and government;
Developing regulations and policies relevant to academic matters, in collaboration with RWTH Aachen University;
Contributing to the formulation of budgets required to achieve the academic goals of the University;
RWTH Aachen recommends candidates for the position of Deputy Rector for Academic Affairs to the Board of Governors. The Deputy Rector for Academic Affairs is appointed by the Board of Governors.
Each Faculty is headed by a Dean, who is appointed by the Rector. At the end of the Academic Year 2011/2012, as the University awards certificates to its first graduates and the Faculties are adequately staffed, the Rectorate will establish a policy and procedure for the election of Deans.
The Dean of each Faculty reports to the Rectorate and is responsible for:
Providing leadership in defining and achieving the strategic goals of the Faculty. This is to be accomplished in alignment with the strategic goals of the University, through a collegial approach within the Faculty, and with a focus on excellence in Learning, Teaching, Research and Consultancy.
Acting as a focal point for liaison and cooperation of the Faculty with RWTH Aachen University;
Providing leadership in promoting the values of the University, especially multicultural awareness and ethical practices;
Ensuring the academic freedom of the Faculty and promoting good academic practice within the Faculty;
Recommending the staff necessary to ensure that the academic programmes within the Faculty are adequately staffed.
Performing an annual assessment of the quality of teaching and research within the Faculty.
Monitoring adherence to the Faculty`s yearly budget.
The Dean is the academic leader of the Faculty. He/she is responsible for the strategic positioning and pursuit of strategic goals of the Faculty in alignment with the overall university strategy and reports to the Rectorate. He / she has financial authority over the approved budget for the Faculty. The Dean is accountable for the overall performance of the Faculty and reports to the Rectorate.
Head of Academic Departments
Each academic department is headed by a Head of Department, who is elected by the academic staff of the Department and appointed by the Rectorate, in agreement with the Dean of the respective Faculty. For the Pre-University Department and the Language School, the Rectorate is the reporting line and has the authority to select and appoint a Head of Department.
The Head of Department reports to the Dean of the respective Faculty or Rectorate, as shown above, and is responsible for:
Creating and maintaining a working environment where departmental staff like to work and can excel in teaching, research and consultancy;
Providing leadership in promoting the values of the University, especially multicultural awareness, academic freedom and ethical practices;
Contributing in the development of relevant plans for the Department and ensuring that they are aligned with the Strategic Plan of the University;
Providing continuous support for the creation and implementation of effective quality assurance processes within the University;
Providing leadership in ensuring that the University`s policies are adhered to within the Department, in particular those relating to Health, Safety, and Environment;
Creating an environment where the educational needs of students are met;
Encouraging a research culture within the Department;
Working with the University`s academic and administrative departments on matters related to the delivery of programmes;
As the owner of the Department`s cost centre, ensuring adherence to the Department`s yearly budget. In the case of third-party funded projects, the Principal Investigator or Project Leader is responsible for ensureing adherence to the Project`s budget and the Head of Department has a monitoring role.
Head of Administrative Departments
Each administrative department is headed by a Head of Department who is selected and appointed by the Rectorate. He/she is responsible for providing the necessary support to all members of the University in alignment with the University`s strategic plan and as approved by the Rectorate.
Professors and other Academic Staff
The University recognises the following types of academic staff: Laboratory Assistant, Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Full Professor.
Academic staff are appointed in accordance to the University`s academic recruitment policy. In the case of appointments at Associate or Full Professor level, this includes a recruitment committee established by RWTH Aachen University. Similarly, academic staff are promoted in accordance to the University`s academic promotion policy. In the case of promotions to Associate or Full Professor level, this includes a promotion committee established by RWTH Aachen University.
Once appointed, each academic staff forms part of an Academic Department and reports to the corresponding Head of Department. Each academic staff has the right to vote for and be elected as representative on his/her respective Departmental Board and Faculty Board.
Expectations for academic performance vary according to appointment level and are demonstrated by achieving specific outcomes in the fields of:
Learning and teaching;
Research and consultancy;
Leadership, community services and administration.
In recognition of the varying mixes of teaching, research and administrative duties carried out by different academic staff, individualised objectives are not necessarily set across all the expectations.
Academic freedom in teaching is applicable to all Senior Lecturers, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Full Professors, within the framework of his/her respective academic duties, as outlined by the University`s Vision, Mission, Values, its planning and policy framework, as well as the academic`s staff own job description. Lecturers and Assistant Lecturers must adhere to the course content developed by the persons responsible for the courses they are teaching.
Similarly, academic freedom in research is applicable to all Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Full Professors, within the framework of his/her respective academic duties, as outlined by the University`s Vision, Mission, Values, its planning and policy framework, as well as the academic`s staff own job description. In principle, all Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Full Professors may apply for third-party research funding and, if successful, grow and develop their own project teams. In practice, the performance of research is an expectation mainly for Assistant, Associate and Full Professors.
The positions of Assistant, Associate and Full Professors differ from each other in the level of experience and expertise expected for each position, as well as in the following points:
Assistant Professors may co-supervise PhD students, in situations where all regulatory requirements (in particular those of the Sultanate`s Ministry of Higher Education) are met.
Associate Professors and Full Professors may supervise PhD students, in situations where all regulatory requirements (in particular those of the Sultanate`s Ministry of Higher Education) are met. They are eligible to be elected as Head of Department or Dean. Associate Professors and Full Professors are recruited or promoted through a committee established jointly by RWTH Aachen University and GUtech.
Full professors are also eligible for a call to a Chair, which may include an endowment by the University, or a third-party.