About the FBZHL

The FBZHL today

The Fortbildungszentrum Hochschullehre, abbreviated as FBZHL, is a central facility of FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and part of the ZeLLIT (Center for Teaching and Learning Research, Innovation, and Transfer). At the intersection of service and research, we improve the quality of teaching at the university through our offerings and develop/evaluate educational measures.

From tutors to professors, educators can enhance their educational competencies through our workshops, teaching consultations, or teaching observations. This enables them to efficiently plan and design lectures, seminars, or exercises, create and conduct competence-based examinations, and provide targeted guidance to students. Participation in our programs leads to the Certificate in Higher Education Teaching of the Bavarian Universities.

Through the Quality Pact for Teaching, we have significantly expanded our offer. In addition to the open seminar program and faculty-specific options, we provide qualification measures for tutors, an expanded coaching service, and publications on our blog, the Infothek Lehre.


The FBZHL Milestones

  • Formation of the „Koordinationsarbeitskreis Hochschullehre”

    The universities of Bamberg, Bayreuth, and Erlangen-Nürnberg have established the „Koordinationsarbeitskreis Hochschullehre”. The goal was to establish a joint center for professional development in higher education among the North Bavarian universities, providing pedagogical qualification for instructors.

  • Higher Education Teaching at FAU

    The joint center for higher education teaching of the universities of Bamberg, Bayreuth and Erlangen-Nuremberg was founded with headquarters at FAU.

  • Seminar program

    Development and expansion of the open seminar program.

  • Bavarian Higher Education Teaching Consortium

    The Bavarian universities come together in the statewide initiative “ProfiLehre,” which receives financial support from the Bavarian Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts. The collaboration among all Bavarian Centers for Higher Education Teaching has been ongoing. As a result, instructors from Bavarian universities have the opportunity to participate in professional development programs in higher education teaching offered by all Centers for Higher Education Teaching at universities throughout Bavaria. For more information, please visit www.profilehreplus.de/en.

  • Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education

    Educators can acquire the Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education at the Bavarian Universities.


    At the North Bavarian universities, independent centers for professional development in higher education teaching are established. Prof. Dr. Jörg Stender serves as the spokesperson at FAU.

    The cooperation between the FBZHLs continues between the universities of Bamberg, Bayreuth, and Erlangen-Nürnberg.

  • Quality Pact for Teaching

    Beginning of the Quality Pact for Teaching. With the help of two BMBF-funded projects, the FBZHL is able to grow to six academic staff members and greatly expand the program: the tutor program, faculty-specific offers, and coaching. Dr. Michael Cursio takes over the FBZHL management.


    Launch of the Infothek Lehre, the FBZHL’s blog.

  • New Spokesman

    Prof. Dr. Karl Wilbers, holder of the Chair of Business Pedagogy and Personnel Development, becomes the new spokesperson of the FBZHL.

    First “Teaching Day” (“Tag der Lehre”)

    The FBZHL, in cooperation with the Institute for Learning Innovation, organizes the first “Tag der Lehre” (Teaching Day).

    Student Tutor Program

    Student instructors have the opportunity to obtain the FAU Certificate for Tutors at the FBZHL.


    The first online course developed by the FBZHL is launched.

  • Anthology “Kritische Hochschullehre”

    The first editorial collaboration of the FBZHL is published by Springer Research: the anthology “Kritische Hochschullehre”.