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Professors, much like other civil servants, eventually reach the age of retirement. However, there is a distinct difference for professors when they retire. When professors retire, they are granted the title of "emeritus" (the female form, "emerita," does not currently exist at our institute). This honorary title acknowledges their long and distinguished service to the university.

Emeritus professors maintain certain privileges as university teachers, even though they are no longer obligated to fulfill their regular teaching and administrative duties. They have the option to continue teaching and conducting examinations, but this is entirely at their discretion. They are not obligated to do so.

It's important to note that there is a limitation on their examination rights. Emeritus professors can oversee and conduct university-level examinations, which pertain to the institution's degree programs. However, they do not have the authority to conduct state examinations, which are typically administered by external or government bodies.

At our institute, emeritus professors supervise bachelor's, master's, and doctoral students, should they choose to do so. This involvement is typically arranged on a case-by-case basis.

Emeriti at the Institute for German Studies

For further information, please click on each emeritus’s name (information available in German only).

German Department