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Kick-off of RGS Econ as "NRW Research School": Grant recipients welcomed; graduates receive awards

28.11.2008

The fifth year of RGS Econ PhD students was welcomed in an official ceremony at Dortmund Technical University. At the same time, this was the official starting shot for the "NRW Research School". Additionally, the first graduates received their certificates.

A small celebration was held to welcome the welcome the fifth year of students to the Ruhr Graduate School of Economics (RGS Econ), which has now become the "NRW Research School". That marks a step up for RGS Econ, which has been privately and publicly funded since late 2004 as the joint research school of the university alliance Ruhr Metropolitan Area (universities of Bochum, Dortmund, and Duisburg-Essen) and the RWI Essen. The research focus is on causal analysis of the impact and side effects of demographic change. RGS Econ gives eight students per year a state-of-art, internationally recognized PhD education thanks to a structured syllabus, intensive tutoring of the PhD students, and the monthly grant of EUR 1,300.

This year's new students are four female and four male grant holders from Germany, the Netherlands, and the USA. All told, some 160 applicants from all over the world competed for the eight places. They are financed by state funding of the "NRW Research School" program and the cooperating institutions' own resources. The Chancellor of Dortmund Technical University, Dr. Roland Kischkel, welcomed the new grant holders and wished them much success in their academic careers. Following this, the two RGS Econ spokespersons, Prof. Wolfgang Leininger (TU Dortmund) and Prof. Christoph M. Schmidt (RWI Essen) introduced the guests to the new grant holders and the research school's program.The event culminated in the first graduates receiving their certificates; they will now be going on to conduct research at famous institutions such as the University of Melbourne (Australia), the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands) and the prestigious MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA).

RGS Econ is one of 17 new NRW research schools which the Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of the State of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany, is supporting in a campaign designed to promote qualified PhD programs at universities and research institutions; the campaign offers outstanding students from Germany and abroad an opportunity to earn a PhD on an internationally competitive level. Research schools are typically co-funded in equal shares by the relevant university and the state.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Stefan Rumpf (RGS Econ) Phone: +49 - 201- 8149-279