Establishment of ISU International Doctoral School and Launch of a Joint Doctoral Program with the University of Göttingen


Ilia State University is proud to announce the establishment of its International Doctoral School (IDS). The IDS mission is to develop, effectively support and sustain integral structured doctoral education of high quality and academic independence. On the basis of structuring elements, quality control and the principle of academic freedom the new unit of ISU is set to become an umbrella doctoral school with common, subject-overarching instruments for all faculties. With a strong focus on international exchange and mobility the IDS will especially offer Cotutelle-based Ph.D. projects leading to double or even multiple degrees. The IDS will stand for excellence in doctoral education and lift the Georgian Ph.D. to a new level of international competitiveness by generating an inclusive, interdisciplinary and international academic culture and research environment for its Ph.D. students as early stage researchers.

Along with the establishment of the IDS the Lehmann-Haupt Doctoral Program will be launched in early 2018 as a joint project of Ilia State University and the University of Göttingen (UGOE). The four years program is designed for 12 Ph.D. students from different scientific fields and foresees a Cotutelle-based supervision (ISU-UGOE) as well as the award a of double Ph.D. degree by both universities upon successful completion. Further components are disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills trainings and a research stay of one year at UGOE. Large funding by the German Volkswagen Foundation and the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia allows the awarding of individual scholarships for each of the 12 participants throughout the duration of the program. According to the motto “Structured Education – Quality Assurance – Freedom to Think” the program perfectly fits into the frame of the IDS and will be its first major activity. The official call for applications will be published in early 2018.

Appointed as managing director of both, the IDS and the Lehmann-Haupt Doctoral Program, is Dr. Martin Piazena

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