As one of Dahlem Research School's core missions, quality assurance is brought to bear on the curricula of graduate programs, the work and training of doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers, and the work of DRS itself. To this end, DRS develops consistent standards that aim to safeguard high levels of quality in graduate education, doctoral supervision, and the work of junior researchers at Freie Universität Berlin.
These standards have been expressed in the commitment for quality in doctoral education of DRS member programs:
The DRS is committed to good scientific practice and actively supports doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in their efforts to adhere to these standards.
To safeguard a high quality of doctoral training, Freie Universität Berlin has published guidelines for good doctoral supervision. Please find here a template for supervision agreements in DRS member programs.
The DRS has developed quality standards of graduate education for doctoral candidates enrolled in DRS member programs. Its long-term goal is to establish these standards in other contexts as well.
Since 2010, the DRS has been participating in the longitudinal study study ProFile, conducted by the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ). The aim of the study is to accurately assess the situation and experiences of graduates of different doctoral programs. Its results feed back into the DRS quality asurance mechanisms.
The Dahlem Research School develops coherent standards for doctoral education in graduate programs and pursues their university-wide implementation. To this end, the DRS has introduced a comprehensive quality management system with various synchronized instruments.