Global Partnership Graduate School
(Virtual) Graduate Program
Our graduate school coordinator organises a regular virtual graduate program together with the members from the different GPN partners: the partner universities as well as the partner civil society organizations (CSO). This allows a wide range of expertise in different theoretical and practical fields to be incorporated into our graduate school and further to establish a link between theory and practice.
The prevalent online format allows a rich international and inter-cultural exchange without fuelling the already ongoing climate crisis too much via flights. As online exchanges can be intensive, shorter virtual workshops and seminars will be offered on a regular basis (approximately once a month).
The overall orientation of the content being treated in the graduate program is geared towards the three research clusters of the GPN:
Cluster 1: Partnership in development cooperation: access, accountability, and deep participation
Cluster 2: Partnership in the global economy: agriculture, finance, and energy
Cluster 3: Partnership in knowledge production: Eurocentrism and alternative knowledge
Smaller peer groups will be built with those PhD students who do research in the same cluster to encourage peer-to-peer learning across space and different cultures. The doctoral students will be encouraged to actively participate in the design of the graduate school program and thereby can shape parts of it according to their specific needs and wishes.
Also good to know
Readers with academic texts on the different topics within the clusters and practical advice on thesis writing will be jointly compiled by the graduate program coordinator, the supervisors and other GPN members. In addition to the readers, the GPN partners will develop E-learning tools like video lectures, which will support the integration of interdisciplinary and diverse knowledge originating from our partners into the teaching of the graduate school.
The regular virtual seminars will also include live inputs on specific topics, theories and methods, which will be given by the PhD supervisors and other GPN researchers. PhD students will prepare presentations on the progress of their thesis and receive feedback from their peers, their supervisors and other participating GPN researchers. Aligned to our research clusters, a focus of the graduate programme will lie on the analysis of and reflection on global partnerships.