- Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE)
- Bavarian Research Training Group on Political Theory
- DFG Research Training Group 1681/2 'Privacy and Digitization'
- Graduate School of International Cultural Studies (GSICS)
- Postgraduate programme of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Information Systems
- Multimedia Distributed and Pervasive Systems Doktorandenkolleg (MDPS)
Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics (BGPE)
This international graduate research training group (RTG) is jointly administered by the economics faculties, institutes and departments of nearly all Bavarian universities offering undergraduate degrees in economics. Research is focused on the concept of incentives, particularly on issues relating to the application of incentive-based economics to institutions and markets. The members of the graduate research training group include researchers focusing on the development of analytical and empirical methods for incentive economics, as well as those who apply this expertise to existing institutions and markets.
This combination of theoretical, empirical and applied competence under one roof is what defines this RTG. The involved universities organise joint research workshops and doctoral training seminars and ensure that well-respected academics from abroad are involved in the seminar programmes. As part of their training, doctoral researchers spend one semester abroad as part of their doctoral study and complete an extra-university internship of two to three months in duration. For the purpose of this internship, the participating researchers' individual contacts are pooled and offered to all group members. This creates a large network, which helps to maximise each researcher's opportunities. Regularly organised seminars and workshops that are open to all academic staff of the participating universities ensure that knowledge transfer is extended beyond the group of doctoral researchers participating in the graduate research training group.
Bavarian Research Training Group on Political Theory
The Bavarian Research Training Group on Political Theory is an intra-university cooperative partnership of the universities of Passau, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Eichstätt and Regensburg. It gives the doctoral candidates from these four universities an institutional framework for their doctoral research and study. As a forum, it offers its member early career researchers networking opportunities and the chance to test their practical skills by organising and holding conferences. The doctoral RTG is part of the Bayerisches Zentrum für politische Theorie (Bavarian Centre for Political Theory).
Head of the doctoral RTG:
Professor Barbara Zehnpfennig
Professor of Political Theory and History of Ideas
DFG Research Training Group 1681/2 'Privacy and Digitalisation'
The Research Training Group concentrates on the concept of ‘privacy and digitization’ in its extension application due to its current societal and scientific relevance. It therefore focuses on highly topical issues. The Research Training Group’s primary aim is to gauge the value of privacy in an ever more digitalizing environment with increasing informational heteronomy and to re-evaluate the given concepts of privacy. This will be conducted in three areas of focus, namely ‘Digitality’, ‘Surveillance and Control’ as well as ‘Self-determination and Control’. The University of Passau offers a fruitful environment to address the complex and unsolved issues in this area of intersection between technology, law, ethics and social behaviour with an interdisciplinary scientific approach.
The cooperation between the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Arts and Humanities is to be continued, especially including media and cultural studies, which will prove to be fruitful in assessing a changing scope of investigation as the conditionality of privacy is modified through digitalization. Because legal safeguards are drawn into question due to decreasing normative capabilities of regulation, the involved scholars will ensure a necessary change of perspective and rewarding findings through the analysis of cultural, medial and philosophical change processes in the context of digitalization and therefore illuminate the reasons for a necessary legal reconditioning. Privacy Research in Passau has already connected itself with -- and established itself within -- the international scientific landscape.
Young academics will therefore be prompted with the opportunity to research in a highly topical, seminal and still under-represented scientific field. The demand for qualified staff in legal studies and the humanities, which are competent to handle questions about privacy protection to ascertain the digital change, is significantly high ('digital change management'). This is underlined by associating a member of the Faculty of Computer Sciences and Mathematics, as that department will provide important insights into the privacy phenomenon from the perspective of information science.
Furthermore, the current scientific plan of action will fit seamlessly in the research environment of the university and its academic networks. This is not only true for the East-Bavarian Internet and Digitalisation Network (INDIGO), but also for the planned participation of the University of Passau in the Zentrum Digitalisierung Bayern (ZD.B).
Graduate School of International Cultural Studies (GSICS)
The Graduate School of International Cultural Studies (GSICS) was established in 2007 under the auspices of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with the aim of enhancing doctoral training. From a Cultural Studies context, GSICS combines and integrates the key research and teaching interests within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The school provides transferable skills training to postgraduate students and doctoral researchers (e.g. on academic writing and presentation techniques) and allows them to organise themselves in interdisciplinary discussion groups (colloquiums) and workshops on literary and cultural theory, teaching didactics, and so on. Through GSICS the Faculty of Arts and Humanities has gathered valuable and positive experience with structured postgraduate training. GSICS is actively engaged in the University's research and teaching, organising lecture series and presentations, as well as producing publications on a regular basis.
Multimedia Distributed Pervasive Secure Systems Doctoral Research Training Group (MDPS)
MDPS gives doctoral candidates of the University of Passau, INSA Lyon (France) and Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy) the opportunity to gain two doctorates in two of the three member states at once. Doctoral candidates currently have a choice of German-French and French-Italian double doctorates.
The theses are concerned with areas from the joint MDPS research programme, with a focus on Multimedia and its three sub-disciplines Distributed Systems, Pervasive/Mobile Systems and IT Security. The doctoral candidates write their theses at their respective partner universities and are jointly supervised by two professors from two countries.
In addition, MDPS holds workshops every half year, involving seminars and guest lectures from industry and academic experts, giving the doctoral candidates valuable feedback and providing them with an opportunity to discuss the current state of research.
In 2012 the MDPS Research Training Group was complemented by a German-French double Master's programme of Computer Science (Ingénieur Informatique) at INSA de Lyon & M.Sc. Computer Science with the Information and Communication focus (IFIK). This degree programme systematically prepares students for doctoral study at the MDPS RTG.