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News vom 20.02.2006

First open portal for the new generation of young scientists

The Internet portal “” is the first open information and communication platform for young academics. It bundles basic information, news, background reports, tips, hints and dates related to doctorate programme, Habilitation (postdoctoral teaching qualification) and Juniorprofessur (junior professorship, broadly equivalent to the ‘lecturer’ at British universities). This offer is meant to facilitate the exchange of younger academics, and seeks to make the partially incomprehensible structures and framework conditions in (the fields) of higher education and research more transparent.

The portal is a joint initiative of CHE (Centre for Higher Education Development), of the Deutscher Hochschulverband and Verein zur Förderung der Juniorprofessur (German Association of Higher Education Institutions and the Association for the Promotion of the Junior Professorship). It is sponsored by the Mercator Foundation.

Representatives from research, politics and business are right in emphasising in unison the special significance of young academics. However, the situation of those who plan and pursue their academic career is marked by uncertainties and a lack of support and team work. At this point the “portal comes into play and offers remedy”, the initiators of the portal, CHE Director Detlef Müller-Böling, the President of the German Association of Higher Education Institutions Bernhard Kempen and the head of the Association for the Promotion of the Junior Professorship, argue.

The portal uses Wiki technology to better link the young researchers. It has become known by the online “wikipedia” encyclopaedia. This integrative approach has led to a huge amount of accumulated information. “” offers the same opportunities. Anyone who wants to participate may use the portal not only to do research and gather information for private use, but also to improve, expand and comment on it.

The Federal Minister for Education and Research, Annette Schavan, supports this approach: “I hope the chance to actively help shape the portal’s contents will be taken up widely. It is thus possible that significant impulses for current and future debates on politics and research may ensue from “”.” The editorial support of the initiating partner organisations secures the high quality of the provided information.

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