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1 Graduate School of Economic& Social Sciences

2 1. Introduction Graduate School 2. UMa Fundraising activities (Katja Bär) 3. GESS Alumni activities

3 GESS Key Facts established in 2006 funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Research Foundation (DFG) 3 schools (Business, Economics and Social Sciences) are involved in GESS activities more than 100 professors faculty-to-student ratio: 3.57:1 currently over 250 GESS doctoral students enrolled: more than 35 countries are represented 35% female students average GMAT score: 686 average GRE score: 155 (verbal), 160 (quantitative), 3.98 (analytical) over 45 awards received for outstanding papers, thesis papers e.g. (2013) over 150 international conferences, summer schools and research stays (2013)

4 GESS Key Facts funding structure: course phase(1st 2nd year): scholarships(1.200 /month) writing phase(3rd 5th year): scholarships, TA/RA position or third-party financed research projects broad financial support for promotion of international conferences, research stays, summer schools attractiveness for international students: no tuition fees all courses are taught in English term times of the University of Mannheim in line with the international table central consultation and service point for international scholars(wc) financial support for taking German language courses support in all administrative matters(health care, housing, visa, bank accounts)

5 Excellence Initiative The Excellence Initiative aims to: promote top-level research, improve the quality of German universities and research institutions, make Germany a more attractive research location, make Germany more internationally competitive and focus on the outstanding achievements of German universities and the German scientific community. The competition was organized by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft(DFG) and the German Council of Science and Humanities: First phase : 1.9 billion euros Second phase : 2.7 billion euros

6 Excellence Initiative Funding of outstanding research projects in 3 areas graduate schools to promote young scientists clusters of excellence to promote top-level research institutional strategies to develop top-level university research Universities were invited to submit funding proposals in response to a call issued in The involvement of non-university research institutions was particularly welcomed. The proposal process was a two-stage process (draft proposals followed by full proposals). The draft proposals and full proposals were reviewed by international peer review panels. In June 2012, funds were awarded to 45 graduate schools, 43 clusters of excellence and 11 institutional strategies.

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8 GESS Organizational Structure The GESS develops coherent and interdisciplinary curricula for the studies of business, economics and social sciences at the doctoral level. It comprises three centers: Center for Doctoral Studies in Business Center for Doctoral Studies in Economics Center for Doctoral Studies in Social & Behavioral Sciences

9 Academic Advisory Board The furtherdevelopmentof the Graduate School ismonitoredbyan international bodyof outstandingadvisorsoncea year. Currently members are: Pierre Dubois (Toulouse School of Economics) Michael Laver (Department of Politics, NY University) Christian Leuz (Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago) Ulrike Malmendier (Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley) Norbert Schwarz (Department of Psychology, University of Southern California) HaraldUhlig(Department of Economics, University of Chicago)

10 Graduate Training Concept The teaching and training concept reflects the evolution of PhD students from active learners to independent researchers. During their PhD studies our students undergo three phases: 1. Course-Phase 2. Thesis Writing-Phase 3. Placement-Phase

11 Admission Procedure

12 Summary GESS Finances 2013 Staff Resources 21% 8% GESS Professors Scholarships GESS & ITAdmin. 71%

13 Summary GESS Scholarships2013 0% 2% 3% Excellence Initative 11% State Baden Wuerttemberg 16% Fontana German Academic Exchange Service - Yale/Berkeley 68% German Academic Exchange Service - GSSP Matching funds

14 Summary GESS Finances2013 Material Resources 8,6% Student research allowances 0,4% 14,4% 11,4% 35,1% Guest researchers Marketing & Internationalisation Advisory Board Gender & Diversity 11,4% 18,7% IT Others

15 Placements 2013/2014 (Excerpt) Assistant Professor, St. Gallen University Assistant Professor, Warwick Business School Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark Assistant Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam Adjunct Assistant Professor, Copenhagen Business School Visiting Instructor, TepperSchool of Business, Carnegie Mellon University Lecturer, University of Oxford Assistant Professor, Paris Mines Tech AssistantProfessor, Wuhan University, China Assistant Professor, Tilburg University Assistant Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona Juniorprofessor, University of Bonn Postdoc, NYU at Abu Dhabi Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis

16 Administrative Developments 2013/2014 implementation of the application tool of the University of Mannheim development of a coherent GESS marketing and communication concept launch of the new corporate design is expected for fall 2014 close cooperation with Office of Communication and Fundraising first GESS statement of accounts has been released annual basis used as cross-reference for the president and the executive vice-president financial planning database has been established in 2013 financing status of doctoral students will be monitored continuous controlling, monitoring and reporting of GESS finances implementation of quarterly meetings with the university administration and involved faculties

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18 Administrative Developments 2013/2014 standardization of the GESS administration across all three centers, e.g.: one manual for all doctoral students standardization (including corporate design) of documents preparation of documentation of each center further topics (excerpt): development of a seminar portfolio for young researchers in cooperation with Dezernat I (still in progress) implementation of joint applications for funding in cooperation with Dezernat I participation on various public tender calls (e.g. DAAD, Baden-Württemberg Stipendium, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung) to finance more research stays, exchange programs or summer schools

19 Further Steps 2014/2015 We constantly strive to strengthen and professionalize the admin. organization further. For the academic year 2014/15 topics are e.g.: development of seminar portfolio for young researchers together with Dezernat I implementation GESS marketing & communication concept strengthening the GESS team spirit among the students selection and introduction of new evaluation tool and IT management system to administer the student & alumni body improvement of the financial planning database implementation of GESS alumni concept development of GESS fundraising concept including sponsoring packages in cooperation with Office of Communication and Fundraising further standardization within the three centers

20 1. Introduction Graduate School 2. UMa Fundraising activities (Katja Bär) 3. GESS Alumni activities

21 Fundraising all major fundraising activities for the UMaare coordinated and managed by the Office of Communication and Fundraising strategic planning first point of contact for UMa sponsors acquisition of new sponsors relationship management coordination of partners and sections

22 Fundraising coordination of fundraising as cross-sectoral task: Partners friends of the UMa(companys and trusts) alumni organization (individuals) trust of the Uma Service and Marketing GmbH Sections administration (Legal Services Office, Finance Division ) schools

23 Fundraising key projects of the fundraising department in are: capital campaign (silent phase) scholarships scholarship system of UMa: scholarships for Bachelor s and Master s students ( Deutschlandstipendium ) scholarships for socially disadvantaged students scholarships for top athletes scholarships for foreign students scholarships for graduates

24 Fundraising fundraising activities for doctoral students are at an early stage in 2013, the President s Office decided to increase and strengthen the fundraising activities for scholarships for doctoral students as part of a capital campaign development of matching funds to raise money for doctoral scholarships ( 1,200/month) in 2013 matching funds arecombined scholarships where funds from private sponsors/third party funds ( 600) will be paired with funds from the State of Baden-Württemberg ( 600) the GESS plans to publish an image brochure in 2015 which can be used for fundraising activities the GESS and Office of Communication and Fundraising developed several sponsoring packages

25 Fundraising these packages allow potential sponsors to choose which kind of doctoral students and how they would like to them fundover a certain period of time. for example: students from emerging and other countries students with children students researching in a specific field completion scholarships funding for research stays abroad best paper and dissertation awards

26 1. Introduction Graduate School 2. UMa Fundraising activities 3. GESS Alumni activities

27 Alumni between : no specific alumni activities at the graduate school reasons, amongst others: lack of staff, concentration on building long-term infrastructure and implementing structured doctoral programs, therefore, no strategic importance was placed on alumni activities GESS plans to strengthen the alumni connections within the next years first steps were official invitation to the annual UMa Schlossfest in cooperation with Absolventum regular newsletter with updates about developments within the GESS development of an interactive world map where you can follow GESS alumni and UMa international scholars

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29 Alumni GESS Alumni concept will be developed in 2015 need to define what we expect from the alumni, what we can offer them and if they are willing to support the UMaand the GESS in the future for example: serve as ambassadors establish international research collaborations host visiting researchers and junior researchers from UMa at their institutions recruit promising junior researchers from UMafor research projects at their new institutions support research stays for international researchers who are currently supervised by or work with GESS Alumni support research stays for doctoral students at the home institutions of former GESS graduates

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