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Jacobs University Bremen and University of Bremen launch joint Research Training Group

Dr. Ulrich Kühnen, Professor of Psychology at Jacobs University, is the spokesperson for the new Research Training Group at BIGSSS. (Source: Jacobs University)


November 13, 2019

Great success for a joint project of Jacobs University and the University of Bremen: The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved funding for a Research Training Group at the jointly operated Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS). Within the framework of the research and qualification program, 14 young academics in the disciplines of psychology, sociology and political science can earn their doctorates. The first seven doctoral candidates will start their training in 2020, with a second group expected to follow in 2021. The DFG will finance the research training group with around three million euros over a period of four and a half years.

The study and research program will focus on researching the interactions between individuals and their social environment. Whether culture, gender, social class or family: all human beings are exposed to systematic influences that shape them and their actions. These, in turn, have an impact on the social relationships and conditions in which everyone moves, and will in the long-term lead to social changes.

Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences
The BIGSSS is a joint institution of the Jacobs University and the University of Bremen.

In the English-medium research training program entitled "The Social Dynamics of the Self", doctoral students from various social sciences will analyze these dynamic interactions and their consequences based on seven subject areas, including migration. What role does the self-image play in migration in a more collectivist compared to an individualist culture? The handling of stress, how people can find a good balance between demands in their work and private lives, and what consequences early retirement has on a person's self-image are other thematic complexes.

The idea to apply for the study and research program was born in the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), to which it is also assigned. The BIGSSS is a joint institution of the Jacobs University and the University of Bremen, in which 90 international doctoral students are individually supervised and complete a structured curriculum. Dr. Ulrich Kühnen, Professor of Psychology at Jacobs University, is the spokesperson for the new research training program. Co-speaker is Sonja Drobnic, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at the University of Bremen.

About Jacobs University Bremen:
Studying in an international community. Obtaining a qualification to work on responsible tasks in a digitized and globalized society. Learning, researching and teaching across academic disciplines and countries. Strengthening people and markets with innovative solutions and advanced training programs. This is what Jacobs University Bremen stands for. Established as a private, English-medium campus university in Germany in 2001, it is continuously achieving top results in national and international university rankings. Its more than 1,500 students come from more than 120 countries with around 80% having relocated to Germany for their studies. Jacobs University’s research projects are funded by the German Research Foundation or the EU Research and Innovation program as well as by globally leading companies.

About the University of Bremen:
Top-performing, diverse, reform-minded, and singularly cooperative – that about sums up the University of Bremen. Around 23,000 people learn, teach, research, and work on its international campus. Their shared goal is to contribute to the advancement of society. With well over 100 degree programs, the range of subjects offered by the university is broad. As one of Europe’s leading research universities, it maintains close cooperation with universities and research institutes worldwide. The strong collaboration in the region led to the establishment of the U Bremen Research Alliance in 2016. The university’s competence and dynamism have also attracted numerous companies to settle in the technology park surrounding the campus. This has created an important national location for innovation - with the University of Bremen at its heart.

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