New UniWiND position statement "Diversity through cooperation"

The board of the German University Assocication of Advanced Graduate Training (Universitätsverband zur Qualifizierung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses in Deutschland, UniWiND/GUAT) has published a new position statement: "Diversity through cooperation - Recommendations of the UniWiND board on procedures for doctoral qualification with partner institutions".

The paper deals with "cooperative doctorates" in Germany. Additionally to a university or institution of higher education awarding the doctoral degree, this type of doctorate involves external partners. These external partner institutions may be other universities, non-university research institutions, companies, colleges or universities of applied sciences (in Germany Fachhochschulen, FHs, and Hochschulen für angewandte Wissenschaften, HAWs), international partner institutions (for instance in form of Cotutelle or double degree programs) or other forms of external or extra-occupational doctorates with partners such as cultural institutions, foundations, archives, schools or churches.

Universities (or one of the few other institutes of higher education) have the authority to award doctorates and are therefore responsible for quality assurance. But doctoral candidates sometimes work at other research institutions, have employment contracts or scholarships.
The aim of this position statement is to give general recommendations for procedures during cooperative doctoral research, independent of the nature of the partner institutions. Cooperative doctoral research can pose challenges for doctoral researchers, supervisors and institutions owing to disparate locations and regulations of the participating institutions. Seven general recommendations of the UniWiND board provide a framework for these procedures.

The paper also provides relevant background information about doctorates in cooperation with different partner institutions. Four case studies at the end of the position statement illustrate existing tensions und recommend special measures for quality assurance. The case studies deal with doctorates in cooperation with:

  • non-university research institutions (e.g. Max Planck, Leibniz or Helmholtz Institutes),
  • colleges or universities of applied sciences (FH/HAW),
  • partners from business as well as public institutions and non-governmental organizations, and
  • international partner institutions.

You can download the position statement here.

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