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The Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra are continuing their ongoing partnership, particularly in the areas of optics and photonics. Already in 2015, both Universities have issued an agreement to enable joint doctoral theses that are supervised jointly by both institutions. Now, in 2019, ANU's Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Dr. Keith Nugent, himself a synchrotron physicist, has lined up with FSU's president Prof. Walter Rosenthal.

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 more than 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.

Further, both Universities are currently striving for an International Research Training Group (IRTG) in the framework of the German Research Foundation (DFG).


Figure: Handshake-confirmation of an ongoing Australian-German partnership. Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research of the Australian National Univeristy Prof. Keith Nugent (left) and President of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena Prof. Walter Rosenthal.

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