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Dr. Sigrun Nickel

Head of Higher Education Research

Key activities at the CHE

  • Research projects on permeability between vocational and academic education, careers in higher education management, development of young researchers, quality management and evaluation, university governance
  • Excecution of evaluation procedures and activities as a peer
  • Teacher in advanced training courses in Higher Education Management

Higher education and apprenticeship

  • German Studies, Sociology and Education at the University of Münster (Magistra Artium)
  • PhD in Social Science on “Participative Management of Universities” at the University of Klagenfurt/Austria
  • Traineeships as newspaper editor and Consultant for systemic organisational development

Professional experience

  • Education policy editor for the Hamburg local news section of the taz (die tageszeitung) and member of the Management Board
  • Head of the Communication and Strategic University Development section at Hamburg University of Economics and Politics (HWP) and from 1997 member of its Presidential Board
  • Employed on the staff of Hamburg’s Senator for Science (Ministry of Science and Research)
  • Scientific Director of the University Development project (ProUni) at Universität Hamburg
  • Research assistant at the University Research Section of IFF (Faculty for Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education) in Vienna/Austria
  • Joined the CHE in 2005

Current advisory and assessor activities

  • Chair of the Advisory Board of the Center for Higher Education Development and Quality Enhancement (CHEDQE) at the University of Duisburg-Essen 
  • Body of experts “Permeability between vocational and academic education” consisting of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft and the Association of German Architects (BDA) 


  • GfHf German Association for Higher Education Research
  • CHER Consortium of Higher Education Researchers
  • DGWF German Association for University Continuing and Distance Education
  • DeGeval Association for Evaluation

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Sigrun Nickel
Sigrun Nickelmehr
Phone: +49 5241 9761-23
Fax: +49 5241 9761-40
Petra Bischofmehr
Phone: +49 5241 9761-42
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