Monthly Archives: May 2012

Postdoc Fellowships at the Center for a Sustainable University

The Postdoctoral Research Group (PRG) “Sustainable Future” was launched in April 2012 at the newly established Center for a Sustainable University at the Universität Hamburg and aims at attracting excellent junior researchers with a clear potential to develop and realize their projects under the banner of sustainability research.

The PRG will offer postdoctoral fellowships (grants) in a vibrant and intellectually challenging environment, which includes the membership in a specific department within the Universität Hamburg. This dual membership in the PRG and an individual department enables the postdoctoral fellows to conduct research into problems, issues and perspectives of sustainability in a broader context and to engage in a continuous academic exchange with colleagues from their own discipline.

The notion of sustainability in the Center for a Sustainable University does not only refer to disciplines such as research on climate, environmental, energy and resources in which this topic has taken center-stage for a long time. It also and especially addresses research areas, which explore sustainability from critical, didactic and institutional angles not traditionally associated with sustainability studies as such.

The fellowships in the Postdoctoral Research Group have a duration of two years. The fellows will be able to take advantage of one of the two following funding programs:

  • full-time grants of 2,200 Euro per month (for living costs), with an additional lump sum for travel expenses and research costs of 150 Euro per month
  • part-time grants of 800 Euro per month to cover travel and material costs
    (in the case of third-party funding)

We aim to admit up to 20 fellows to the Postdoctoral Research Group each year. Applications are open to all disciplines. We welcome applications from both postdoctoral students from the Universität Hamburg and postdoctoral students from other German universities and from universities abroad.

Applications can be submitted twice a year by 30th June and by 31st December. Please allow a period of about 3 months from the submission deadline to the final decision of the selection committee.

For more information on the application and selection process as well as the award conditions for the fellowships please visit the German section of our website

If you have any queries, please contact Dr. Susanne Frane at knu[at]

Prof. Markus Reihlen Appointed Vice President of Leuphana University

We are proud to announce that Prof. Dr. Markus Reihlen, one of the two project leaders of our project, has been appointed Vice President of Leuphana University. He will be in charge of the Graduate School, Internationalization, and Quality Development. Of course, his future involvement in issues of strategic positioning is also a great opportunity for us to study the strategic management of universities.

2012 Conference on Entrepreneurial University in Münster, Germany – Impressions

During the last week of April a wide range of scholars from all around the world, as well as business leaders and policy makers from the european sphere, got together in Münster, Germany to present and dicuss their experiences and academic work regarding Entrepreneurial Universities, knowledge transfer and university, industry and government relations.

Valuable research and interesting projects and case studies were presented, discussed and reflected upon. In general, the main topics covered challenges, opportunities and best practices on entrepreneurial activities in Universities, entrepreneurial education, transfer and incubation projects, as well as management and leadership in higher education in the knowledge economy and the increasing role played by universities in national and regional economic development.

Overall, the main consensus stressed the need for encouraging an “entrepreneurial spirit” at all levels and all activities in our higher education institutions (HEI). Even though we have many european examples of successful knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship initiatives, as well as some “flagship” entrepreneurial universities, such as University of Tweente in the Netherlands; there was widespread agreement on the need to further work on the transformation and development of our european universities into more entrepreneurial organisations. European universities can learn and emulate many of the successful iniviatives from other regions, such as North America and Asian, which in general portrait a more developed “entrepreneurial culture” in their HIE.

If you want more detailed information about the conference, follow the link bellow to the web site. There you will find valuable information on the topics presented, keynote speeches, sponsoring organisations, etc. This link, lets you download the presentations from keynote speakers and conference participants

Finally, please follow up on updates on this blog or on their website regarding information about next year’s conference date and location.

Students’ choice of universities in Germany: structure, factors and information sources used

The review “Students’ choice of universities in Germany: structure, factors and information sources used” has been presented by Katrin Obermeit at the 7th International Conference on Higher Education Marketing in Nicosia, Cyprus. A result of the conference was that not only in Germany the research on Higher Education Marketing is still in its infancy and that cross-national research cooperations should be strengthened. You find the abstract of the paper here:

Student recruitment is an increasingly important topic for universities worldwide. But in order to develop sophisticated recruitment strategies, recruitment officers need to have a clear understanding of how and why students choose colleges. This review compares the German and US research concerning university choice models, choice criteria and information sources prospective students use when exploring their options after school. The paper emphasizes the complexity of the decision-making processes of freshmen and reveals three gaps in the German student recruitment research literature. The development of a German university choice model, an increased application of explorative research methodologies, and the consideration of additional aspects possibly impacting the college choice could help to refine German research approaches.