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Science Compass - A course through the German Academic System
Nov. 23, 2018, 09:00 - 17:00
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Bldg. 30.95, SR A+B

Understanding the German academic system is a key to successfully accomplishing a PhD and to collaborate with others at a German university.  Ignoring this issue usually leads to lots of challenges and misunderstandings in the common work between supervisors, colleagues and students due to different experiences and perceptions of teaching, learning and communication. Understanding German academic traditions, scientific working culture and related expectations between supervisors, colleagues and students can reduce available tensions in scientific collaboration and reduce misunderstandings.

This workshop aims to make you feel more confident within the German higher education system by gaining insight in backgrounds, academic traditions, requirements and expectations in research, teaching and supervision. Furthermore, this workshop will help to draw clear picture about structures and career paths within German academia.

Target Group
- International PhD-candidates


- The German Higher Education System: traditions, rules and structures
- The meaning of doing a PhD in Germany
- Teaching and Learning cultures in the German academic system
- Supervision and bilateral expectations in research and teaching
- Typical pitfalls in intercultural academic collaboration


Learning Outcome
- Insight in structures, traditions and hidden rules in German Academia
- Overview about requirements and expectations in research and teaching
- Understanding of collaboration in academic working environments


- Knowledge transfer
- Reflection units
- Single / group work


The workshop will be held in English.

The workshop is staged within the framework of the KHYS Internationalization Program that is promoted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): http://www.khys.kit.edu/internationalization_program.php.

Costs/ Payment For KHYS members this workshop is free of charge.
Dr. Christine Issa (SAMINWORLD)
Dr. Stefan Götze
Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS)
Straße am Forum 3
76131 Karlsruhe
Tel: +49 721 608 46186
Fax: +49 721 608-46222
Mail:stefan goetzeVcx4∂kit edu
Scientific Staff, Young Scientists
Registration possible till 2018-11-07 23:59.

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