Beate Schücking

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Beate Schücking
968th President of Leipzig University
Assumed office
March 1, 2011 (2011-03-01)
Preceded by Franz Häuser
Personal details
Born Beate A. Schücking
(1956-01-14) January 14, 1956 (age 61)
Kassel, Hesse, Germany
Alma mater University of Ulm
Paris Descartes University
Profession Doctor, Scientist, University administrator

Beate A. Schücking, (born January 14, 1956) M.D, PhD. is the 968th President of Leipzig University and Professor of Health Science and Psychosocial Medicine. She is the author of numerous articles and papers on aspects of scientific research and professional education. Schücking is also the first woman to become Leipzig University President since its founding in 1409.[1]

Early Life and Career[edit]

Schücking was born in Kassel, and raised in rural Hesse, where her family lived on the medieval castle of Neuenstein, near Bad Hersfeld. She is the daughter of Ursula Schücking (née von Hamm) and Hermann-Reyner Schücking. Her paternal grandfather, Walther Schücking was a German liberal politician, professor of international law and the first German judge at the Permanent Court of International Justice in The Hague from 1930-1935. Her great-grandfather was the German novelist Levin Schücking (1814–1883).[2]

Schücking attended Medical School in Ulm, received her degree as an MD in 1981, and her PhD magna cum laude in Hematology in the same year from the University of Ulm. She went on to earn her diploma as assistant étrangère at the University of Paris René Descartes in 1980. As a member of the Faculty of Medicine at the Philipps University in Marburg (1981-1989) she specialized in Internal Medicine, Psychosocial Medicine and Family Medicine. From 1989 to 1995 she served as professor of medicine and health science at the University of Applied Science in Munich. In addition Dr. Schücking was the founding director of the Maternal and Child Health research unit at Osnabrück University, where she was a member of the faculty for 15 years serving as both a teacher in health science and a researcher in obstetrics and health, guiding the transformation from midwifery as an apprenticeship-based profession into an academic field with a multidisciplinary research focus.[3] Several of her former doctoral students are among the first Professors of Midwifery in Germany.[4] While in Osnabrück, she was elected Dean of the Faculty of Health Science, Psychology and Cognitive Science in 2000, and Vice-President for Research and Doctoral Studies in 2004.

President of Leipzig University[edit]

In November 2010, she was elected President of the alma mater lipsiensis in Leipzig, Germany's second oldest University. Her appointment followed the departure of Franz Häuser. On December 2, 2010, Schücking delivered her inauguration address: “A healthy University”.[5] Schücking has since led the institution through a period of significant financial challenges for higher education in the East German states especially. She negotiated the first contract of Leipzig University with the federal state of Saxony for sustainable funding (2014–16), broadened the University's international reach,[6] and sharpened the profile of the University with her commitment to biodiversity research,[7] life science and digital humanities. She included Leipzig University in the German U15, the large Research Universities of Germany network, and was the elected head of Saxony's confederation of Universities from 2011 until 2014.[8] On January 31, 2017, Schücking was reelected President of Leipzig University to another five-year term.[9]


Beate Schücking is widely published in scholarly sources, including BMC Pregnancy,[10] Childbirth, Social Science and medicine, the Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, the Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine, Midwifery, Infant Mental Health Journal and the Encyclopedia of Public Health.[11]

International Work and Awards[edit]

Schücking has lectured widely throughout the United States, Canada, France, the Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Austria, the Netherlands and Germany. She was a visiting professor at Vienna University (1996) and Boston University (2003). Beate Schücking was awarded a scholarship of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, several research grants from German Research Foundation (DFG), Volkswagen-Foundation and the German Ministry of Research and Technology.[12] Recently Schücking has also convened an EU-funded network for optimizing childbirth across Europe.[13]


  1. ^ Leipzig University: Beate Schücking, November 1, 2013.
  2. ^ Leipzig Lese: Die Schückings - eine Gelehrtenfamilie, April 5, 2011
  3. ^ Universität Osnabrück: Maternal Health
  4. ^ Deutscher Hebammenverband: Midwifery Studium, 13. Oktober 2013.
  5. ^ Leipziger Internet Zeitung Archived January 8, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.: Ein lebenswerter Kosmos: Prof. Beate Schücking wird neue Rektorin der Universität Leipzig, November 16, 2010
  6. ^ Ohio University: Presidential visit celebrates 20-year partnership between OHIO and Leipzig University, September 24, 2012.
  7. ^ Wissenschaftsministerin Schorlemer lobt Innovationskraft von iDiv, 4. Februar 2013.
  8. ^ Landesrektorenkonferenz Sachsen
  9. ^ "Beate Schücking erneut zur Rektorin der Universität Leipzig gewählt". Press Releases by Leipzig University. Universität Leipzig. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Academic Journals Database Archived January 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.: Reproductive outcomes in adolescents who had a previous birth or an induced abortion compared to adolescents' first pregnancies.
  11. ^ Maternal Health - University of Osnabrück: B. Schücking CV, 2009
  12. ^ Leipzig University: Beate Schücking, November 1, 2013.
  13. ^ I Research 4 Birth