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The Humboldt-Universität was founded in 1810 by Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt. During its history, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has undergone many profound changes. The most recent reformation followed the Peaceful Revolution in East Germany in 1989. Many new outstanding professors were appointed from East and West, from Germany and from abroad. Nowadays more than 400 fulltime professors in 11 faculties are teaching about 31.000 students. About 5000 doctoral candidates are preparing themselves for their further career inside or outside university. In an international comparison, Humboldt- Universität ranks among the top ten of German universities. As one of eleven German universities, the Humboldt-Universität was chosen “University of Excellence” in 2012. It was successful in all three funding lines in the third round of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments and awarded for its future concept “Educating Enquiring Minds: Individuality – Openness – Guidance”. The support of doctoral/postdoctoral education and Humboldt Graduate School was one of three columns of the future concept. Humboldt Graduate School was founded in 2006 as the overarching quality and service structure for doctoral programs at Humboldt-Universität. With the aim to set quality standards for doctoral education for the whole university, the “Guidelines for Structured Doctoral Programs within the Humboldt Graduate School” were made obligatory entry criteria. Starting with three selected doctoral programs in 2007, Humboldt Graduate School is now providing services for and ensuring the quality of more than twenty member programs. Within the Excellence Initiative Humboldt Graduate School is focusing especially on the support of the time between career steps.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Anna Fräßdorf

is since November 2013 employed at Humboldt Graduate School as scientific advisor for the implementation of a doctoral-candidates-register as a tool for quality management at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She holds a PhD in economics conferred by Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg. From 2011 to 2013, Anna Fräßdorf worked as a researcher at the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ). She was project manager of a longitudinal survey on the situation of doctoral candidates and their postdoctoral professional careers. She also contributed to the data collection and analysis in the context of the MORE2 study aiming at an international comparison of working conditions and career paths of early career researchers. Furthermore, Anna Fräßdorf was part of a group of experts devising a theoretical framework for the federal indicator report on young researchers in Germany (BuWiN).

Anna Bessler

studied art history and Spanish philology in Heidelberg, Havana, Valencia and Berlin. After conducting research at universities in Mexico City and Albuquerque she finished her doctorate in art history at Freie Universität Berlin in 2014.
After working as an event manager at the research institute ICI Berlin and as a freelance guide for Germany Close Up – American Jews meet Modern Germany she is now engaged as a scientific advisor at Humboldt Graduate School. There she focuses on matters of quality assurance in doctoral education at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Brigitte Lehmann

holds a PhD in Law and is since 2010 CEO of Humboldt Graduate School, the umbrella organisation for structured doctoral education at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Before that she was for many years Head of Division for Research Matters, responsible for the administration of research strategies, for technology transfer, for the administration of third party funded research projects and for young researchers support. In the early 90ies she was as a "National Expert" with DG XII of the Commission of the EU. She is the representative of the university in several networks in the field of doctoral education such as UniWIND-GUAT (German University Association of Advanced Graduate Training), the Berlin-Brandenburg network of doctoral education and others. She has outstanding experience in university structures and administration but also in networking (national and international), leading working groups and initiating new initiatives.

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