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Promotion law for universities of applied Sciences : NRW rectors warn of Low Quality-Promotion

The universities in North Rhine-Westphalia see your promotion privilege is in danger and warn of the consequences for the science system in Germany. The government coalition of the CDU and the FDP planned creation of a "Doctoral program of applied research of the universities of applied Sciences" could have as a precedent nationwide, warns Ulrich Radtke, President of the University of Düsseldorf and Vice-President of the German rectors ' conference (HRK).

the University graduate school Should be allowed, as planned, through the forthcoming amendment to the law on higher education, this would lead to a "disintegration of the high school," says Radtke in a statement for a hearing in the düsseldorf state Parliament today, Thursday, is day-to-day level.

graduate Institute is to be developed further

The country rectors ' conference (LRK) of the universities writes in its opinion, the state government is preparing a "Low Quality-doctorate at the universities of applied Sciences". Because the CDU and the FDP wanted to let the promotions stand at the College ",in a context of teaching' and less of the ,characteristic of a research performance' oriented" should be.

What is NRW? The state government takes up the Initiative of the universities of applied Sciences, the 2016 as a joint institution of 20 higher education institutions based "graduate Institute for applied research in NRW". In the graduate Institute of cooperative promotions, the aim of the graduates and shared by FH and Uni - professors are supervised, centrally organized yet. A task of the Institute is promotion of consent and supervisor teams to merge. The cooperative Promotion is regarded as a silver bullet and as an Alternative to the exchange of doctoral candidate FH-graduates to a University.

Cooperative promotions to continue

Of all the länder had been approves only of Hesse with a strong research FH-specialist areas, the promotion law. Now it is also in NRW, but not for single colleges, but for the inter-University Doctoral program. The appropriate development of the graduate Institute sees the LRK of the universities of applied Sciences as a result of the right "next step". The Chairman of the graduate Institute, Martin Sternberg, a physicist at the University of Bochum, says: "This way to the promotion of young scientists in applied Sciences/FH is consistent and brings more of the country." The co-operative way should but have in parallel continued to inventory, stresses Sternberg.

HRK-Vice Radtke and the LRK of the Unis ask instead, only the model of cooperative Promotion, to maintain and expand. Following a HRK decision of 2015 had their number doubled in NRW for the period 2015 to 2017 compared with 2012 to 2014, more than – from 37 to 77 promotions of FH-graduates. Is also warned about the "inefficient parallel structures," if you continue to have cooperative and the new Doctoral program will PhD.

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The LRK of the universities to bear in mind that without a cooperative method, the "fruitful research cooperation" between managers of the two higher education forms would cease to exist. The Unirektoren the country, instead of the one Institute Graduate to support them in the country five to six.

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