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Coordination of Double and Joint Degree Programmes

There are about 500 Double or Joint Degree programmes in Germany documented in different databases. These are very diverse concerning their content and organizational forms. Questions about their organizational forms and coordination will be addressed in the Ph.D. project.

Project description

There are about 500 Double or Joint Degree programmes in Germany documented in different databases. These are very diverse concerning their content and organizational forms. Higher education institutions, funding organizations and students expect them to have a range of positive outcomes. But which organizational forms can be observed and which aspects of coordination contribute to the “sustainability” of Double and Joint Degree programmes? These questions will be addressed in the Ph.D. project.

Methods

To do so, various research strategies will be pursued:

  • An online survey is the core instrument, allowing for an overview of all study courses. Coordinators of all Double Degree Programmes with German participation that could be found in relevant data bases will receive a request to participate in the survey.
  • Additionally, case studies of single study courses will follow. Therefore, interviews will be conducted.

The project is based upon socio-economic theories, especially Institutional Economics, social capital and network theory.

First results

The following results could already be found by research in official data bases:

  • In Germany 509 study courses could be found in which a Double or Joint Degree can be achieved.
  • Due to reforms in the light of the Bologna process, many Double and Joint Degree Programmes had to be restructured. New laws, degrees and curricula have shown to be a challenge, especially for Double Degree Programmes that had already existed on the basis of the „old“ degrees (such as a Diplom).
  • The countries with which German universities offer Double Degrees most often are France, Spain and England. The USA and China are the most represented non-European countries.
  • Double or Joint Degrees take a variety of different forms – concerning the number of partner institutions, the mobility of students and teachers, language requirements, number of study places etc.

Project details

State:
Completed projects
Project type: Doctoral / postdoctoral projects
Duration:
2008-2010
Funding:
DIPF
Department: Department of Educational Governance
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