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1 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD 1 Collaboration in research training – a joint Australian-German PhD Levin Kuhlmann 1, Stephan Lau 1,2, Jens Haueisen 2, Mark Cook 3 1 Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbourne 2 Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, Technical University Ilmenau, Germany 3 Department of Medicine (St. Vincent’s Hospital), The University of Melbourne

2 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD2 The Joint PhD concept A student with a German and an Australian supervisor at least 1 year physically at each university single joint examination process written cotutelle agreement on terms enrolled full-time at both universities tuition fees waived at one of the universities

3 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD3 Biomedical TU Ilmenau Technical University Ilmenau: Excellence in  Nano-engineering  Technical & biomedical assistance systems  Digital media technology (inventor of MP3)  Environmental engineering, … Biomedical Engineering Institute  Electromagnetic source reconstruction  EEG/MEG, ECG/MCG technology  Multidimensional signal decomposition  Ophthalmologic technology,.. Collaboration with Biomagnetic Center Jena

4 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD4 UniMelb Engineering at University of Melbourne:  Biomedical Engineering  Information & Communication Systems  Structured Matter  Sustainable Systems & Energy Neuroengineering Group  Audition and Bionic Ear  Computational Neuroscience  Consciousness & Communication  Epilepsy  Neuroimaging & Neuroinformatics  Vision and Bionic Eye Collaborators include: The Bionic Ear Institute, St. Vincent’s Hospital, and NICTA

5 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD5 Our Joint research topic Spatial localisation of epileptic brain activity EEG/fMRI EEG source localisation

6 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD6 The Collaboration Joint PhD project started Feb 2009 Go8-DAAD award supports travel costs Tony Burkitt David Grayden Mark Cook Theresa Goetz Levin Kuhlmann Simon Vogrin Stephan Lau Jens Haueisen Thomas Knoesche Ralph Huonker

7 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD7 The two examination systems Germany (University Ilmenau)Australia (University of Melbourne) Com- mittee 1 Chairman (from UI Faculty Board) 1 UI examiner 1 non-UI examiner 1 examiner 2 acad. staff UI 1 Chairman (Head of Department) 1 non-UM international examiner 1 non-UM examiner Oral Exam 30 min exam by UI Prof. on one topic 30 min exam by UI Prof. on different topic Not required. Thesis Defense 40 min presentation 40 min discussion Not required. Result Scale 1 = magna cum laude = very good 2 = cum laude = good 3 = rite = sufficient 4 = non sufficit = insufficient (fail) 1. Pass without further amendments 2. Pass without further examination, subject to minor corrections/additions 3. Pass, subject to revising parts of the thesis 4. Permission to resubmit a revised thesis 5. Fail.

8 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD8 Joint examination process Goal: Satisfy both quality assurance criteria but keep it simple! Goal: Involve Germans and Australians equally. First apply the Australian system of amendments Then grade the thesis on the German scale Com- mittee 1 Chairman (from of UI Faculty Board) 1 UI examiner 1 non-UM non-UI internat. examiner 1 non-UM non-UI examiner 2 acad. staff UM Oral Exam 30 min exam by UI Prof. on one topic 30 min exam by UM Prof. on different topic Thesis Defense 40 min presentation 40 min discussion Result Scale 1 = magna cum laude = very good 2 = cum laude = good 3 = rite = sufficient 4 = non sufficit = insufficient Rationale: Bureaucracy will otherwise have to translate an ungraded thesis into a Pass irrespective of the actual quality.

9 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD9 Being a Joint supervisor Exciting project drawing on complementary strengths of groups Provides link to Germany Leads to travel to Germany, see Europe and the relatives Practice speaking German

10 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD10 Being a Joint PhD student Be the mediator and physical contact Double the learning effect! Double the work?.. let’s say 1.5x Travel to Germany and visit Europe 20 years of German reunion celebration 10 hours ago

11 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD11 How to organise a Joint PhD You need: 1. a good collaboration (common grants & papers) 2. a project in which both partners make distinct and essential contributions (synergy) 3. a student that is ready for the job organising skills, good grades, experienced, speaks German 4. a travel grant & scholarship

12 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD12 How to organise a Joint PhD (2) Then you simply: 1. Apply for acceptance of the partner institution by the UniMelb faculty and the IRO respectively 2. Apply for a Joint PhD at both institutions 3. Draft an agreement and get it signed (reuse) 4. Enroll the student at both institutions with the respective other supervisor listed → This will take about 1 year.

13 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD13 Our plans for the future 1. Joint Masters and Bachelor theses 2. The next Joint PhD: Maybe you? 3. Bilateral agreement with TU Ilmenau 4. National cotutelle agreement 5. Bilateral → Network (EU ICI ECP)

14 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD14 National cotutelle agreement Similar to the French-Australian To establish a framework To be able to waive tuition fees at one of the universities the same way it is done for exchange students Motivate creation of funding opportunities for Joint PhD students

15 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD15 Bilateral → Network (EU ICI ECP) EU ICI ECP = EU Industrialized Countries Instrument Education Cooperation Programme 3 EU universities from distinct countries + 2 Australian universities Network for collaboration, education and student exchange 3 years, 2.5 Mio Euro

16 10/11/09 Joint Australian-German PhD16 Thanks for your attention!!


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