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Hesse study points to viability of extended PhD rights


Commission positively evaluates pilot that allowed universities of applied sciences to award research-intensive PhDs

Universities of applied sciences in the state of Hesse have been successful at developing PhD programmes in research-intensive subjects, an evaluation of a six-year experiment has shown.

The results of the evaluation were published last week by a scientific commission, which looked closely at the progress of Hesse’s four oldest doctoral centres run and managed by universities of applied sciences. Hesse changed its higher education law in 2016 to enable universities of applied sciences to award PhDs—a right usually reserved for traditional universities—and now has seven doctoral centres that can do so.

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