Jürgen Brücker has been rector of the University of Liechtenstein since the beginning of October. In an interview, he has revealed himself as a business personality who places great importance in the university delivering more value to the region.
The new university rector emphasised the strong connection between the university and the country in an interview with the weekly newspaper Wirtschaft Regional. According to Brücker, Liechtenstein is extraordinary: it has the worlds highest concentration of companies per capita, the strongest financial centre, corporate centres with global and digital business processes and exceptional architecture, he said. The university also represents a huge opportunity for the country especially in light of todays knowledge-based society. As an enabler, it can also have an impact through knowledge transfer and innovation, and thus help the economy, politics and administration. The ivory tower is history. Research must offer added value for the country and its people, commented Brücker.
It is a role the university has already assumed. Brücker added he was working towards further development of thought concepts. For Brücker, it is conceivable to broaden the variety of topics across the disciplines and enter new cooperations. This could lead to successive increases in the number of students, he explained, without forsaking the advantages that come with being small.
Brücker said: Here we really have the chance to provide an excellent quality of care. We can promote the development of a young person during their studies to a greater extent than the big universities.
Jürgen Brücker is a postdoc economist. Before taking up his duties in Vaduz, he was director of foreign relations and development at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), where he led important reform and networking projects.