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The Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra have made an important agreement in Jena on September 13. This agreement provides for the future to enable joint doctoral theses that are supervised jointly by both institutions. This Dual PhD program will initially run for eight years. ANU's Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Dr. Margaret Harding has signed the contract in Jena in the presence of FSU's Vice-President for Research, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Heinzel.

The agreement will further support the long-term and trustful cooperation between both Universities. Particularly in optics and photonics, ANU has become ACP's premium scientific partner, accounting for numerous joint research projects, staff exchanges and almost 100 joint publications over the last 15 years. With the Dual PhD Degree, it will be possible for doctoral students of both sides to spend at least one third of their doctoral studies abroad, being co-supervised from a team of Australian and German professors, and in the end obtain a doctoral certificate implying both the German "Dr. rer. nat " and the Australian PhD.


Figure: Signing of the Dual PhD Degree agreement on September 13, 2015 in Jena: From right to left: Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research of the Australian National Univeristy Prof. Margaret Harding, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Innovation of the Australian National University Prof. Michael Cardew-Hall, and Vice-President for Research of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena Prof. Thorsten Heinzel.

>> link to the press release issued by the Friedrich Schiller University

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