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Graduate Centre

About the Graduate Centre

Origin and structure of the Graduate Centre

The qualification of and support for junior researchers and academic staff are fundamental tasks of a university.

The University of Vechta has established a Graduate Centre in 2019 in order to meet the constantly evolving requirements for supporting junior researchers and for staff development and to offer its members and affiliates the best possible career conditions. With the establishment of the Graduate Centre as an inter-faculty, central institution, the University of Vechta is implementing aspects of its target agreement with the state of Lower Saxony, its University Development Plan and its human resource development concept.

The Graduate Centre is committed to pursuing this goal with the support of the executive committee, the general assembly and the administrative office.

A picture of the Executive Committee, the Director of the administrative office and the assistant to the Director

Executive committee

The Graduate Centre is directed by an executive committee consisting of six voting members of the Graduate Centre.


The Graduate Centre comprises a broad target group that meets at least once a year in a general assembly.

Administrative office

The administrative office is managed by the Director. She/ he prepares and implements executive committee decisions and deals with members’ concerns.

Goals of the Graduate Centre

In view of the guideline “Responsibility is Key”, the goals of the Graduate Centre are:

  • providing offers for junior researchers and the entire academic staff of the University of Vechta that meet high quality standards and the Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice
  • enabling cooperative, inter- and transdisciplinary as well as internationally oriented qualification and support
  • creating favourable framework conditions for (junior) researchers at the University of Vechta and realising qualification projects
  • representing a forum for exchange and further qualification across faculties and disciplines
  • supporting individual career development within and outside the University of Vechta and academia

Services of the Graduate Centre

The Graduate Centre offers the following services:

  • development and provisionof demand-oriented interdisciplinary qualification, advice and networking offers
  • advice on admission and procedural matters with regard to academic qualification as well as on internal and external funding possibilities for academic projects/activities
  • provision of information on supporting junior researchers and academic staff
  • administration / coordination of qualification procedures, scholarships for supporting junior researchers and other funding acquired by the Graduate Centre

Supporting competences and cross-cutting issues

The Graduate Centre makes offers to promote the following (action) competence aspects, which are considered prerequisites for mastering challenges in a goal-oriented and responsible manner and for further developing action strategies:

  • Subject-related competence
  • Methodological competence
  • Social competence
  • Personal competence

In addition, the members are to be made aware of the following cross-cutting issues of the University of Vechta within the framework of the offers:

  • Digitalisation
  • Internationalisation
  • Sustainability
  • Gender & diversity