Organizational structure

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München is a self-governing public corporation as defined by the relevant statutes, as well as being a State entity divided into a Central Administration and 18 Faculties.

The University Executive Board

The University Executive Board is composed of six members: the President and five Vice Presidents.

University Governing Board

The University Governing Board consists of the members of the Executive Board, the Deans, the University's Women’s Representative and one representative each of the academic and non-academic staff groups, and the student body.

Board of University Representatives

The Board of University Representatives consists of 16 elected members, together with the Women’s Representative and her deputy. The six members of the University Executive Board attend the Board's meetings in an advisory capacity. Other ex-officio members of the Board are the Medical Director of the Munich University Hospital, and the Director of the University Library, each of whom provides input on issues that are of immediate concern to their respective areas of responsibility.

University Council

The University Council is comprised of ten elected members of the Board of University Representatives and ten prominent individuals from the fields of science, culture, business and the professions. Members of the University Executive Board and the University’s Women’s Representatives are ex-officio advisory members of the Council.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees promotes the University’s interests in the public sphere, and helps the University to fulfill its core functions. The Board of Trustees is made up of 25 individuals who have demonstrated a particular commitment to the University’s wellbeing.


The Faculties are the basic organizational units of the University. In their respective fields, the Faculties perform the University's functions. They design and teach the programs required for the fulfillment of the regulations governing study programs and examinations. The Faculties are also expected to work together in the interests of interdisciplinary cooperation in research and teaching, coordination of study programs and the formation of focused research collaborations.

The Faculties encompass departments and institutes, as well as administrative units. In order to strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration, members of these academic bodies can combine to form interdisciplinary centers.

There are 18 Faculty Councils, each of which exercises the Faculties’ rights of self-governance. The Faculty Councils elect the faculty spokespersons (Deans), the Vice-Deans of Studies, and the Vice-Deans for Research from among the professors. Within their respective Faculties, the Councils discuss and adjudicate all major issues which do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Dean or another faculty-based organ.

In addition to the Deans, Vice-Deans and a Vice-Dean of Studies, the Faculty Councils include representatives from the four groups (professors, academic and non-academic staff, students) and the Faculty’s Women’s Representative.

Representatives, Staff Council, Representative for Severely Disabled People

The University has nominated representatives for specific tasks that fall outside the normal purview of its central administrative divisions.

The Staff Council is available to advise and support all members of staff as an elected representative pursuant to the Bavarian Staff Representation Act (BayPVG).

The Representative for Severely Disabled People represents the interests of staff with disabilities, providing advice and help on social, building-related and technical factors and ensuring that the special arrangements for severely disabled job candidates are respected.

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