Welcome to the University Council!


Chairperson: Univ. Prof. Dr. Katharina PABEL
Deputy Chairperson: Dr. Michael STRUGL, MBA

University Council Members beginning March 1, 2023 to February 29, 2028:

  • Mag. Martin FRITZ
  • Mag. Ulrike HUEMER
  • o.Univ. Prof. Dr. Gertrude KAPPEL
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Katharina PABEL
  • Dr. Michael STRUGL, MBA
  • Univ. Prof. Mag. Dr. Sabine URNIK
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Reto WEILER
  • Mag. Laura WIESNER

Office of the University Council


Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


Schloss Auhof, 2nd Floor

University Council - Duties and Responsibilities
in compliance with § 21 (1) Universities Act

  1. Approve the development plan, the organization plan, and the draft of the university's performance agreement, as well as the rules of procedure for the Rectorate
  2. Advertise the open position of Rector no later than eight months before the expected availability of the position and/or within three months beginning at the time of dismissal or resignation
  3. Enact the regulations to elect the Rector after obtaining a statement issued by the University Senate (the Senate must submit the statement within four weeks after submission)
  4. Select a Rector from a shortlist of three candidates proposed by the Senate within four weeks of submission of the proposed candidates
  5. Select the Vice Rectors based on nominations submitted by the Rector after receiving a statement by the University Senate
  6. Finalize a target agreement with the Rector and the Rectorate; 6a. Finalize the Rector’s contract and the Vice-Rectors
  7. Recall the Rector and the Vice-Rectors
  8. Nominate one female and one male member for the arbitration board
  9. Approve the establishment of associations and foundations as well as affiliations with associations
  10. Approve financial management guidelines, and the financial statements, the Rectorate's performance report, and the intellectual capital report, and forward to the Austrian Federal Minister
  11. Appoint an auditor to audit the university's financial statements
  12. Approve the justification of liabilities beyond the university's current operations and authorize the Rectorate to assume such liabilities to a certain limit without seeking the prior approval by the University Council
  13. Submit a mandatory, immediate report to the Austrian Federal Minister in the event of serious legal breaches by university bodies or any danger of serious financial loss, any developments key to the respective universities’ strategic direction, and any circumstances that could potentially seriously affect the university management
  14. Agree on the budget proposal within four weeks after submission by the Rectorate; if the University Council refuses to agree to the proposal four weeks after submission, the Rector must immediately submit a new budget proposal; if the University Council does not approve the budget within the allotted time, the budget proposal will be considered approved
  15. Issue a statement regarding the performance agreement before the deadline by the Rector within three weeks
  16. Enact and uphold the University Council’s Rules of Procedure