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Holding Company

The holding company of PFH Private University of Applied Sciences is Gesellschaft für praxisbezogene Forschung und wissenschaftliche Lehre gGmbH.

Managing Directors


Dipl.-Hdl. Werner Rose
Managing Partner

Werner Rose, born in 1960, is co-founder of PFH Private University of Applied Sciences. After studying Business Administration and Business Education in Göttingen, he gathered many years' experience in managing educational enterprises, particularly involving state-recognised educational programmes and the continuing education of academics.


As a board member and chairman of adult education associations, he has also been active in educational policy since 1992. Werner Rose has founded, or been involved in the founding of, several companies, further developing them as a managing director or shareholder. He is a member of the Economic Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


In 2001, Werner Rose become a Managing Partner of Gesellschaft für praxisbezogene Forschung und wissenschaftliche Lehre gGmbH, PFH's holding company.


Prof. Dr. Bernt R. A. Sierke
Managing Partner

Bernt R. A. Sierke was born in Göttingen in 1959. After studying Business Administration and subsequently earning his doctorate in Göttingen, Prof. Sierke worked as a management consultant, inter alia as managing director of unic consult GmbH. Prof. Sierke is a founding partner and co-partner of GFL gGmbH, the holding company of PFH Private University of Applied Sciences, which was founded in 1994. After many years' lecturing activity at various traditional universities, universities of applied sciences and academies, he was appointed Professor of Business Administration, specialising in Industrial Management, Accounting and Controlling, at PFH in 1999. In addition, he is a certified reorganization and restructuring expert.


From 1999 to 2014, Prof. Sierke also headed the University in academic terms in the capacity of President, but then no longer stood for re-election. He became managing director of the holding company again, as had already been the case from 2007 to 2011. His entrepreneurial activities have been underpinned by various positions as managing director and executive board member since 1994.