Conference: The Future of Graduate Education

on 29 November 2019 in the Central Buildung

What are future perspectives in graduate education? Can we contribute and help shaping new trends? Which innovative ideas are already implemented at other universities in order to adapt the gradudate education to modern standards? At the conference on “The Future of Graduate Education“ we are going to discuss these and other questions with national and international higher education experts.


9:30am – 10:00am  Welcome and Keynote Professor James Conroy  I University of Glasgow
10:00am – 10:15am  Welcome and Introduction to Conference Sessions Professor Markus Reihlen I Leuphana University Lüneburg
10:30am – 12:30  Master of the Future: Complementary, Connected and Digital? Session 1
  Studium Generale at Graduate Level: Important Pioneering Work or Lost Battle? Professor Caspar Hirschi I University of St. Gallen
  Linking Disciplines, Phases and People: The Connected Curriculum Dr. Jennifer Griffiths I University College London
  Quo Vadis Master Digitalis? Professor Ulf-Daniel Ehlers I Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University, Karlsruhe
10:30am – 12:30   Past Challenges and Future Chances of Doctoral Supervisor Training Session 2
  Latest Issues on Doctoral Supervisor Training - a Swedish Approach Professor Robert Harris I Karolinska Institute, Stockholm
12:30 – 1:30pm  Lunch Break  
1:30pm – 3:30pm  PhD of the Future: The Importance of Being Transferable Session 3
  PhD-Students and Their Environment – How Does Transfer Take Place on a Global Scale? Professor Peter Maassen I University of Oslo
  Modell 1: Individual Practical Training During Dissertation Sandra Heinemann I University of Oldenburg
  Modell 2: Connecting Research and Practice – PhD Programme "Promovieren im Museum“ Professorin Susanne Leeb I Leuphana University Lüneburg
3:30pm – 4pm Coffee Break  
4pm – ca. 5pm  Closing Remarks Professor Markus Reihlen and Dr. Anja Soltau, Leuphana University Lüneburg



We are pleased about your interest in the conference on “The Future of Graduate Education“. Please register until 25 November.
In order to register for any of the sessions, please follow the link below. It will lead you to the registration form. Please note that you have to accept the terms and conditions at the end to continue with the registration process.



Professor James Conroy

Professor James Conroy is Vice Principal Emeritus and Dean for Global Engagement (for Europe) at the University of Glasgow.

Professor Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is Professor for Educational Management & Lifelong Learning and the Senior Strategic Advisor for digital transformation of teaching and learning at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University.

Dr. Jennifer Griffiths

Dr. Jennifer Griffiths is Associate Director in the University College London (UCL) Arena Centre for Research-based Education.

Professor Robert Harris

Professor Robert Harris is a research group leader at the Centre for Molecular Medicine, a designated translational medicine centre at Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Sweden. He completed both undergraduate (Biology) and PhD (Parasitology) education in the UK before moving to KI in 1994. He was made Professor of Immunotherapy in Neurological Diseases in 2013 and leads the Applied Immunology & Immunotherapy research group at CMM.

Sandra Heinemann

Sandra Heinemann is coordinator of non-academic career paths for PhD candidates at “Innovative Hochschule Jade-Oldenburg!“, a joint project of Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Jade University of Applied Sciences and OFFIS Institute for Information Technology.

Professor Dr. Caspar Hirschi

Caspar Hirschi is Professor of History and director of the “Kontextstudium” at the University of St. Gallen.

Professor Dr. Susanne Leeb

Professor Dr. Susanne Leeb is professor for contemporary art with a focus on postcolonial and transcultural art history.

Professor Dr. Peter Maassen

Peter Maassen is professor in higher education and science policy at the University of Oslo (UiO), Norway; extraordinary professor at SciSTIP, a national Center of Excellence at Stellenbosch University, South Africa; and fellow at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy, New York University, USA.

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