Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart is the Dean of HHL and also holds the Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank Chair for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.
After completing his training as a banker he studied Macroeconomics and Business Administration until 1987 in Münster and Bonn, where he also received his doctorate in 1991. Following his graduation from university, he ran the office of the leader of the FDP (Free Democratic Party) parliamentary group before continuing his scientific career with professorships in Düsseldorf and Siegen. He became a Member of the German Bundestag (the Federal Parliament) and Regional Chairman of the FDP in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2002. Between 2005 and 2010, he served as Minister for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology as well as deputy Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia. During this time, he was on an unpaid leave from his Chair of Business Administration at the University of Siegen. In 2011, he returned to science completing a research sojourn at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. In April 2011, he started in his current position in Leipzig.
Together with HHL Chancellor Dr. Axel Baisch and the various bodies of the school, he continues to develop HHL based on the new innovate125 Future Concept. Prof. Dr. Pinkwart says: “When HHL celebrates its 125th anniversary in ten years, it should have reached an outstanding position in Europe similar to the one it has already achieved in Germany. To achieve this goal, we want to expand the faculty, intensify research work and increase the number of students in a quality-oriented fashion. Last year, we were able to raise the number of new enrollments by fifty percent. We have seen this positive trend continue this year. According to a ranking by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, HHL is already one of the most international universities in Germany.”
An increased level of internationality is among the milestones achieved so far in addition to other intermediate goals, such as increasing the numbers of students and professorships. The network of international partner universities grew from 110 to 130. “The schools we were able to add to our list of partners are top universities such as Peking University,” says the HHL Dean. The academic side of the school was re-organized by introducing a group structure and the opening of the cross-group Center for Advanced Studies in Management (CASiM) to increase the research performance. Prof. Dr. Pinkwart adds, “We are working on a new Leipzig Leadership Model in close cooperation with companies from the practice. For this purpose, we created the HHL Forum ‘Rethinking Leadership’. After a successful launch two years ago, we can now continue this project with additional funding by the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation.”
International orientation, regional engagement – following this motto, cooperation with local partners plays an important role for HHL. Prof. Dr. Pinkwart explains: “We are glad to be able to work closely with numerous universities, research institutions and groundbreaking companies in such an attractive innovation region. This local collaboration is well-represented through the BioEconomy leading-edge cluster, the regional SMILE entrepreneurial network of universities, the Transfer Network supported by the Leipziger Stiftung für Innovation und Technologietransfer (Leipzig Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer) and our new CASiM research center at HHL. Another example is how we broke new ground in our cooperation with the Fraunhofer-Zentrum für Mittel- und Osteuropa MOEZ (Fraunhofer Center for Central and Eastern Europe) when appointing a new holder of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Junior Professorship for International Management with a German-Polish focus. Moreover, the close collaboration with the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics is of vital importance for our understanding of leadership geared to responsibility and sustainability.”
The quality-oriented expansion of HHL must be accompanied by a widening of the business school’s financial foundation. Consequently, the new chairs and junior professorships are all financed by additional funds from third parties and long-standingsupporters of HHL have decided to continue their commitment in the future. Prof. Dr. Pinkwart says: “The total number of supporters has already doubled over the past two years. There will be other important partners joining this circle this year. Additionally, our alumni have continued to extend their commitment in the various bodies and funding organizations of HHL as well as in student recruitment and arranging field projects andcareer options for our graduates.”
Prof. Dr. Pinkwart comments on the future funding of HHL: “Our shareholders, the Leipzig region and the Free State of Saxony support the only private university in the new federal states in various ways for which we are very grateful. The additional space, which the Free State of Saxony has kindly grated us on the Jahnallee education campus in order to meet our needs, is of particular importance for HHL’s future growth. The main contribution, however, comes from the students themselves through their tuition fees. With its high proportion of international students, HHL is one of the few exporters of educational services, therefore contributing to the creation of value in the form of jobs and tax revenue for the Leipzig economy.”