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SCIENCE COMPASS I navigation through the German scientific landscape

Conducting research and teaching in Germany is a challenge for every international scientist. Supervising students, participating actively in research while teaching and integrating oneself into the existing administrative processes of an academic working culture are challenging tasks.

Many misunderstandings in the common work between supervisors, colleagues and students are based on different experiences and perceptions of teaching, learning and communication. One key to successful collaboration is understanding the German academic system with its traditions, scientific working culture and related expectations between supervisors, colleagues and students .

This workshop aims to provide participants with a more confident understanding of the German higher education system by providing insights into career opportunities, requirements and expectations in research, teaching and supervision.



  • The German Higher Education System – career paths, academic traditions, structures
  • Project PhD – managing a PhD in German academia
  • Viva Toolkit – preparing for the defense
  • Teaching and learning cultures in the German academic system
  • Supervision and bilateral expectations in research and teaching
  • Intercultural communication in academic collaboration


  • Insight into structures, traditions and hidden rules in German academia
  • Overview of requirements and expectations in research and teaching
  • Improved understanding of collaboration in academic working environments


SUSTAINABLE CAREERS I impulses for international career development

Increased globalization has led to strong demand for special skills in the job market that researchers bring to the table. However, scientists are often unaware of the value the range of skills they have acquired in the course of their research.

Working and conducting research in academia provides numerous opportunities for academics to develop skills for career options in international working environments – both inside and outside of academia.

As a result, it’s essential for researchers to be familiar with their particular skills set, develop ideas about potential career paths in international fields of work, clarify their personal motivations, define their individual requirements for maintaining a healthy work-life balance and develop perspectives for the next steps in their careers.

This workshop aims to raise awareness of each researcher’s individual skill set for pursuing international career opportunities.


  • The value of intercultural skills in the job market
  • Developing a skills profile based on personal motivations, values and capabilities
  • Career opportunities in internationalwork environments
  • Fostering skills for collaboration and international working environments
  • Employers’ perspectives – the mixture makes the difference
  • Work-life balance – mobility and flexibility between work and individual frameworks


  • Gaining insights into career paths in international working fields
  • Understanding the value of (intercultural) competencies when entering the job market
  • Developing an international professional skills profile
  • Self-reflection on career planning and individual motivations



  • Individual Coaching
SCHOLARS AT RISK I crisis counseling for scholars

The journey from the area of crisis to the host country is behind them. Many hopes are linked with the new role of being a student or visiting scholar in the new higher education system.

After the initial euphoria, an important finding becomes evident: the new higher education system and the expectations involved differ fundamentally from scholar’s previous academic experiences. Simultaneously, the new security in everyday university life could be disrupted by disturbing news from the homeland. Individual trauma and concerns about family left behind at home inevitably influences one’s performance and progress toward one’s own academic development.

These experiences may lead to insecurities and stress not only for affected persons, but for supervisors, colleagues and other supporters in their shared tasks.

This workshop offers a reflective framework for supervisors, colleagues or supporters who collaborate with people from conflict areas as well as for scientists from conflict areas who want to settle down and integrate themselves within the German higher education system.


  • From conflict areas to the new higher education system
  • Settling into a new role as a student and scientist
  • Awareness of signs of impending crisis in teaching, supervision and advising
  • Establishing collaboration and communication in a crisis
  • The role of cultural identity in stress situations
  • Reflection on roles and communication patterns
  • Handling possibilities and limitations in a crisis


  • Understanding origins and educational backgrounds
  • Reflection on roles and responsibilities in a crisis
  • Approaches to adjusting communication styles to the needs of other peopleCRISIS COUNSELING to download


“We make space for sustainable learning – for improved communication, collaboration and change”

Dr. Christine Issa & Prof. Dr. Sardar M. Kohistani





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