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                                                                          Email:


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


With the "Leitbild Lehre" (teaching mission statement), students, teaching staff, academic administration, and university management develop a shared understanding. In various formats, the topics of the "Leitbild Lehre" will be raised, discussed, and deepened throughout the year 2023.

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.

The "Leitbild Lehre" is a joint task of the entire university. Therefore, it is jointly formulated in a discursive and participatory process.


All members of the University are invited to actively participate in the development of our Academic Teaching Guidelines!


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 focuses on teaching and the teaching staff of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It provides an opportunity for exchange, discussion, and networking on the issues of good teaching and successful learning. As part of the HUMBOLDT Day of Teaching, the award ceremony for the prize for good teaching at Humboldt-Universität takes place.

In 2023, the HUMBOLDT Day of Teaching will focus entirely on the "Leitbild Lehre":

INTEGRA - Integration of Refugees into Specialised Studies

The German Academic Exchange Service funds the program "Integration of Refugees into Degree Programs (INTEGRA)". Within the framework of INTEGRA, intensive language courses for refugee students, subject-specific language courses to support academic success, and workshops that specifically support refugee students in their planned career entry into the labor market are offered.

You can find more information here:

Award for Excellent Teaching at Humboldt University


The Vice President for Academic Affairs annually awards the prize for good teaching at Humboldt-Universität.

In 2022, the prize for good teaching at Humboldt University was awarded to Azakhiwe Z. Nocanda, PhD student at the Institute of Educational Science and lecturer in the Berlin Perspectives Program of the International Office.

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 persons at the HU: Dr. Clara Schumacher (


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:

Office hours for students

The Vice-President is available to talk to the students about their issues.

Please register at


Dr. Franziska Oschmann 

current substitution: Dr. Xenia Zeiter


Executive Coordinator to the Vice President for Academic Affairs

Areas of focus include:

  • BUA
  • Internationalization
  • Committees

Phone: +49 30 2093-20104


Room 2033



Mandy Heitland

Office Manager, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

Phone: +49 30 2093-20100


Room 2036



Andrea-Cornelia Riedel

Project Coordinator "Übergänge"

Phone: +49 30 2093-20107


Room 2026



Dr. Lena Zimmer

Advisor for Change Management and Innovation

Focus areas include:

  • Digitalization of studies and teaching
  • Restructuring of teacher education
  • Development of teaching guidelines
  • Quality assurance and development


Publications can be found under the following link:


Phone: +49 30 2093-20105


Room 2033



Patty Jablonsky


Phone +49 30 2093-20108

Room 2026