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Thursday, 15 October 2020

Can I Become a Professor?


Thursday, 15 October 2020, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.




GuTZ (Gender- und Technikzentrum at Beuth Hochschule)


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English, with questions in German welcome

Further information

Event webpage

At first sight the German academic system seems inscrutable and vague. To be successful requires taking several steps and having a certain understanding of the underlying mechanisms. Nevertheless, the reward of finally becoming a professor seems worth the struggle; it includes a lifelong position with a steadily raising salary and in many cases professors even become civil servants.

Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) are different from full universities: Their main focus lies on teaching students all the necessary skills for a successful professional life. Professors are free to also do research or apply for third party funding, but there is no pressure to publish scientific papers on a regular basis or to lead several projects. Appointment requirements also differ: In addition to a doctorate, a minimum of five years practical working experience is mandatory.

The workshop is divided into two parts: The first part will give insight into the requirements of becoming a UAS professor with a focus on the statutory provisions. In the second part participants will look at the application process, which usually takes up to two years and for the most part stays hidden from the applicant. If there is time left, there will be a brief discussion of the application portfolio. All attendees are invited to raise questions during the session in a chat or beforehand via email.

Everyone* who is interested in learning more about the German academic system, especially the path to a professorship at a University of Applied Sciences, is invited to join the workshop.

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