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Four international doctoral study programs have now received DAAD accolades

Munich, 02/04/2011

Three study programs submitted by LMU, specifically designed for doctoral students from abroad, have received funding in the second round of the DAAD’s competitive initiative “International promovieren in Deutschland“ (IPID). They include the only two such programs in the Humanities currently promoted in Germany. LMU is the only German university to have had four projects funded by the DAAD. This latest success will allow LMU to extend its activities in this area and will strengthen its international character by making it even more attractive for foreign students.

In all, 14 of the 82 applications submitted to this second round of the DAAD program were selected for funding. The three LMU programs chosen were Professor Christopher Balme’s Doctoral Program in Art History (ProArt), the Graduate School Life Science Munich (LSM) coordinated by Professor Jürgen Soll, and the Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies, which is supervised by Professor Klaus Vollmer. Among the programs selected in the first round in early 2010 was the Doctoral Training Program ”Learning Sciences“ (Coordinator: Professor Frank Fischer).

The successful programs

ProArt was conceived by the Department of Art History and covers Art History, Art Education, Musicology, Music Education and Theater Studies, and offers a research-oriented and systematically structured learning framework for doctoral students in the History of Art. The program is based on the realization that the arts are changing in ways that make conventional boundaries increasingly irrelevant, and which are characterized by reciprocal exchange and interaction. These developments are becoming the focal point of scholarly research on art, music, theater and film, and therefore provide the central theme of ProArt.

The Graduate School Life Science Munich – From Molecules To Systems (LSM) has obtained a grant that is worth 90.000 Euros annually for the period from 2011 to 2013. These funds will be used to further internationalize the program of studies. The aim is to establish at LMU an integrated and up-to-date concept for postdoctoral education in the biosciences. The purpose of the program is to teach not only the technical expertise necessary for success in research, but also impart skills that are indispensable for every thoughtful and responsible scientist. The latter include the ability to communicate in simple language, and a willingness to engage with bioethical issues and participate in the public discourses they may provoke.

The interfaculty doctoral program in Buddhist Studies is targeted to postgraduates in the fields of Cultural Studies, Religious Studies and Social Sciences. Based on high-level integration of skills and resources in the fields of philology, religion and cultural history, drawn from all relevant disciplines (Indology, Japanese Studies, Religious Studies, Sinology and Tibetology), the program provides participants with a focused and interdisciplinary approach to central themes in Buddhist Studies.

The structured doctoral program in Learning Sciences is the central element of the educational experience at the Munich Center for Learning Sciences (MCLS). With its special emphasis on Social Sciences the program provides graduate students with a multidisciplinary yet sharply focused grounding in research, which equips them to work productively on challenging topics in the Learning Sciences. The program encompasses contributions from the fields of Psychology, Medicine, Neuroscience, Educational Science, Economics, Sociology, Informatics and Lingustics.

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The DAAD program “International promovieren in Deutschland”

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research has made a total of 12.5 million Euros available to the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, DAAD) to fund the program ”International promovieren in Deutschland“ (IPID) for the period from 2010 to 2013. IPID provides successful applicants with grants of up to 100,000 Euros annually for up to 3 years to support the development and realization of structured, internationally oriented doctoral programs. The aim of the program is to make German academic institutions even more attractive for qualified foreign graduates.

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