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The University of Freiburg is run by the collegial Rectorate. Aside from the rector, the Rectorate is composed of two full-time vice presidents and the head of administration – the member responsible for economic and human resources administration – as well as two part-time vice presidents. The Rectorate is responsible for structural and development planning, including human resources development, as well as for planning regarding construction development and the preparation and implementation of the university’s budget. In addition, the Rectorate executes the resolutions of the Senate and the University Council.

The rector represents the University of Freiburg and chairs the Rectorate and the Senate.