Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart
Photo: Philipp Plum


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin


Room 2038


Phone: +49 30 2093-20100

Fax: +49 30 2093-1320100



Curriculum Vitae 

Since October 2021, Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart is Vice President for Academic Affairs at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He studied Computer Science and Mathematics in a teacher education program at the University of Duisburg. Here, he also completed his PhD studies in 2005 with a dissertation on collaborative modeling systems in education. After a post-doctoral researcher position at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, he accepted offers for Assistant Professor and Associate Professor positions at Clausthal University of Technology. In 2013, he moved to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin where he heads the research group "Computer Science Education / Computer Science and Society". His research interests are at the intersection of digitalization, education and societal/organizational change.

In addition to his activities at HU Berlin, Prof. Pinkwart acts as Scientific Director of the Educational Technology Lab at DFKI Berlin. 

Prof. Pinkwart has authored more than 250 peer reviewed publications and has conducted several research projects with funding from DFG, Federal Government and foundations. He is a regular member of a variety of program committees of scientific conferences and currently acts as associate editor of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education and as member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Educational Data Mining.


Project "Leitbild Lehre" (teaching mission statement) of the Humboldt University of Berlin

The "Leitbild Lehre" (mission statement for teachin) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin was adopted in December 2023. It represents a common self-image of the students, teaching staff, academic administration and university management of the HU.

The "Leitbild Lehre" is based on existing realities and aims to provide university-wide, forward-looking orientation. It is intended as a cross-faculty strategic discourse and framework for action with regard to overarching didactic principles, fundamental qualification goals, and competencies to be taught. The "Leitbild" articulates the principles of study as well as requirements for students, teaching staff, and supporting structures.

In order to fill the "Leitbild Lehre" with life and to shape good teaching at HU together, we are in continuous dialogue with each other and work together on its further development. We have identified the first important points for implementation in the "Zukunftswerkstatt".


All members of the University are invited to actively participate in the development of our "Leitbild Lehre"!


Further information can be found here:


Digital Teaching and Learning

The websites for Digital Teaching and Learning (DL) support members of HU in carrying out their tasks in research, teaching, and studies. Here you will find all information about the tools of the Digital Teaching and Learning Landscape (HDL3), practical recommendations, information about advisory services, and various resources regarding aspects of digital teaching.


HUMBOLDT Day of Teaching

Every year at the beginning of the summer semester, the Vice President for Academic Affairs invites everyone to the HUMBOLDT Day of Teaching. The HUMBOLDT Day of Teaching explicitly focusses on teaching and teaching staff at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It offers an opportunity for exchange, discussion and networking on issues of excellency in teaching and successful learning. As part of the HUMBOLDT Day of Teaching, the Humboldt University's Award for Excellent Teaching will be conferred.

This year, the HUMBOLDT Day of Teaching will take place on 27 June 2024 and will centre on "International Teaching and Learning". The programme will be opened by Niels Pinkwart (Vice President for Academic Affairs) and Yoan Vilain (Head of the International Office), followed by discussion events on the internationalisation of teaching at various locations. From 16:00 in/from the Senate Hall, there will first be student perspectives on experiences with international teaching and learning (at HU and elsewhere) and then presentations of some of the international teaching formats nominated for the Humboldt University Award for Excellent Teaching. From 18:00 onwards, the ceremony for the 2023 Award for Excellent Teaching on the topic of "International Teaching and Learning" will begin, followed by a small reception.

Thu 27/06/2024 13:00–13:30 and 16:00–19:00 Senate Hall (presence)/ZOOM


Award for Excellent Teaching at Humboldt University

Every year, the Vice President for Academic Affairs presents the Humboldt  University's Award for Good Teaching and also sponsors teaching awards from the faculties.

In 2022, the Humboldt University's Award for Excellent Teaching was conferred on Azakhiwe Z. Nocanda, doctoral student at the Institute of Educational Science and lecturer in the Berlin Perspectives Programme of the International Office. More information about the award winner can be found here:

In the academic year 2022-2023, teachers and teaching-learning projects that have succeeded in introducing international and intercultural dimensions into teaching in an outstanding way were sought for the 2023 Award for Excellent Teaching. The prize will be awarded on 27 June 2024 as part of the HUMBOLDT Day of Teaching.


Theme week "Hybrid Teaching"

How has hybrid teaching shaped Humboldt University? What experiences have teachers and students had with this new approach? What challenges does hybrid teaching pose and what solutions does it offer? These and other questions are the focus of this year's theme week on studying and teaching. From 24 June to 28 June 2024, discussions, workshops, practical examples and opportunities to try things out will invite you to share best practices, problems and opportunities. In addition, teachers and students from Humboldt University, the Berlin Netzwerk Hybride Lehre and the bologna.lab will present various approaches and offers for hybrid teaching.

You can find more information about the programme and registration here:


AI in university education 

In a nationwide funding competition, the Humboldt University of Berlin prevailed with innovative concepts for the use of artificial intelligence in academic studies and teaching. The federal-state initiative promotes measures that contribute to the qualification of future academic specialists in the field of artificial intelligence. It also supports the quality improvement of higher education through AI. In this way, for example, new AI modules in teaching, entire AI degree programmes or AI-supported learning and examination environments can be developed.


Joint project "IMPACT"

Within the framework of the IMPACT project, which operates on a supra-regional basis with external funding, the improvement of higher education is to be promoted through the scalable use of artificial intelligence procedures for the (partially) automated analysis of texts. In the collaborative project, the Humboldt University of Berlin is participating in particular in the areas of data protection & ethics, data management as well as textual analyses for use in feedback and evaluation processes. The joint project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

Duration: 12/2021–11/2025

Contact person at the HU: Claudia Ruhland (

Further information on the joint project can be found here: 



The project AI-SKILLS focuses on the development and implementation of a curricular integrated certificate programme "Artificial Intelligence" at the Humboldt-University of Berlin, which should allow students of all academic disciplines to deal with AI-methods and AI-technologies in a subject-specific way. The aim of the project is to develop a coordinated framework concept for the application-related use of AI technologies and AI methods in education. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

Duration: 12/2021–11/2025

Contact persons: Prof. Dr. Robert Jäschke (

Further information on the project can be found here:


Joint project AI Campus 2.0

The joint project AI Campus 2.0 aims to develop and test sustainable implementation concepts for the AI Campus with open learning opportunities, communities and technologies for science and technology. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is participating in the collaborative project in particular through the further development and integration of selected AI Campus learning formats in its regular curriculum, the development of AI micro-degrees in university training for teachers and employees, as well as networking with regard to creditable AI programmes in teaching. In addition, a process-accompanying quality management will analyse and evaluate the conceptualisation and testing of the use of AI campus learning programmes in teaching. It will also provide insights into conditions and approaches for the sustainable implementation of effective AI programmes in the specific university context of the HU Berlin.

Duration: 01/2023–12/2024

Project management: Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart (Vice President for Academic Affairs)

Management of the implementation of courses offered by the AI Campus and the AI Campus Network:

Rosmarie Schwartz-Jaroß (

Head of Quality Management: Sandra von Sydow (

You can find more information on the joint project here:


Berlin University Alliance (BUA) 

The Berlin University Alliance aims to strengthen the connection between top-level research and academic teaching and to promote the exchange of excellent scientists and students.

For the first time, education will be promoted within the framework of an Excellence Programme. By including teaching and learning as a cross-cutting theme, the Berlin University Alliance is sending a clear signal in this area. 

Further information on the BUA's "Teaching and Learning" can be found here:


Special Programmes


Office hours for students

The Vice President is available to discuss student concerns.

Please register at vpl(at)




Dr. Xenia Zeiter

Executive Coordinator to the Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Comittees
  • Central guide lines
  • Sustainability / climate protection
  • Teacher training (temporary)

Phone: +49 30 2093-20104

E-Mail: vpl.persref(at)

Room 2033



Mandy Heitland

Office Manager, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

Phone: +49 30 2093-20100


Room 2036



Andrea-Cornelia Riedel

General coordination for projects in teaching and the QIO  

Phone: +49 30 2093-20107

E-Mail: andrea-cornelia.riedel(at)

Room 2026



Dr. Franziska Oschmann

Advisor for Change Management and Innovation

  • Digitalisation of studies and teaching
  • Restructuring processes
  • Accreditation and quality management
  • Internationalisation of studies and teaching
  • Teaching mission statement (temporary)

Phone: +49 30 2093-20105

E-Mail: vpl.refchange(at)

Room 2033



Helvi Mogritz

Employee projects in teaching and the QIO

Phone: +49 30 2093-20108

E-Mail: Sonderprogramme.vpl(at)

Room 2026



Karl Frenzel

Assistant for Student communication

Phone: +49 30 2093-20103

E-Mail: vpl.studkomm(at)

Room 2026