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UWS Representatives visit HdM

Ph.D. Program with Scotland to be extended and intensified

Since 2010, the Stuttgart Media University (HdM) offers an international Ph.D. program to master students, former graduates and scientific staff. The collaboration between the HdM and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is now to be brought to the next level, and intensified in the fields of social sciences, cultural and creative industries.

Zur Detailansicht Staff members of the UWS and HdM (click to enlarge)

Staff members of the UWS and HdM (click to enlarge)

The program enables alumni from universities of applied sciences (in German: Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften) to top their academic career off. The goal of the three to four years lasting program is to achieve the academic title of Ph.D. which is among the most respected in the world.

The collaboration between both universities is a huge success for both partners. Since the introduction of the program, more than twelve doctoral candidates where sent to the greater area of Glasgow. That is where the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is based with four campuses and more than 18.000 students. The joint doctors program attracts students from the fields of computer sciences, business studies, social- and communication sciences as well as the cultural and creative studies.

On October 30th, a delegation of both universities strive to talk about the program and the goals they want to achieve in the near future. Both sides where enthusiastic about the process of the academic collaboration so far and agreed on broadening the promotion of the Ph.D. program. To increase the number of applications, both parties decided to deepen their cooperation on each master programs and alumni. For spring 2013 the HdM plans a special Ph.D. event for the business, social sciences and cultural and creative industries division where potential candidates can obtain detailed informations about the program, possible fields of dissertations and its benefits. Presentations will be held amongst others by actual participants from the HdM.

Talking with the guests from Scotland

For getting a better impression of how the cooperative Ph.D. program works, the communications department of the HdM spoke to Anne Gifford (Head of School of Cultural & Creative Industries), Graham Jeffrey (Reader in Music and Performance) and Professor Andy Miah (Professor of Ethics and Emerging Technologies) from the UWS:

Good Afternoon Ms. Gifford, Hello Mr. Jeffrey and Mr. Miah. Welcome to the University of Media in Stuttgart. How was your trip from Scotland?

Miah: I had a quite relaxing flight. This time, I came over from Manchester which took me about four hours. The flight itself was only about two hours maximum. The longest part of traveling for people in the UK is mostly the way to get from their homes to the airport.

Why should someone from southern Germany decide to take such a long journey for a Ph.D. program?

Jeffrey: Because students don't have to come that often if they doing it through the collaboration. That is one of the attractions that they can still be based here in Stuttgart. They just have to come once, twice or three times a year. Of cause we are happy to welcome students from Stuttgart for longer times as well, but one of the main points of the collaboration is that they have a supervisor directly here in Stuttgart.

Miah: Students nowadays don't have to think of learning in only one institution or even just one country. The collaboration between the UWS and the HdM makes it possible for students to be part in a different country without leaving their hometown for a longer time. 

Which benefits do you see for yourself and for the students concerning the collaboration of the UWS and the HdM?

Jeffrey: There is a lot of shared learning between the two instituations. We are enjoing the work with our colleagues from Stuttgart in terms of supervision and I think we are all learning a lot from each other. We are trying to develop a fully fledged academic exchange which is about student mobility, staff mobility and potentially we think of joint research programs in the future.

Miah: The reason why academics are traveling so often is because they see a value in learning and understanding other cultures and places. The knowledge of differences and similarities of certain things leads to the understanding of how the world works in different parts of it.

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13. November 2012


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