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HITEC Curriculum

As a HITEC PhD student you are automatically enrolled in the HITEC programme. You are required to participate in the basic HITEC training programme in order to receive the HITEC certificate as a supplement to you PhD certificate.

Requirements during PhD phase

In the table below HITEC's requirements are marked in green. According to the requirements of the individual institutes you will visit specific seminars, courses, international conferences etc.. You will  discuss this part of the curriculum, marked in blue, with your supervisor.

  • 1 Orientation Week (3 days)
  • 3 Modules Transferable Skills Training: Presentation, Management of a Doctoral Project
    (Doing Science), Scientific Writing (6 days)
  • 1 Retreat (2-3 days)
  • 5 HITEC Days or HITEC Labs
  • 1 Course Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Choose an internal Mentor
  • Choose an external Mentor

Time Schedule

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Thesis Work Thesis Work  Thesis Work
Orientation Week Retreat  
Starter Pack Transferable Skills: Presentation Transferable Skills: Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Starter Pack Transferable Skills: Project Management 5 HITEC Days /Labs

Transferable Skills: Scientific Writing 1-2 Visits with External Mentor
Courses/Lectures according to the institute's requirements Courses/Lectures according to the institute's requirements Courses/Lectures according to the institute's requirements
Seminar Talk, according to the institute's requirement Seminar Talk, according to the institute's requirement Seminar Talk, according to the institute's requirement
  International Conferences/Summer-/Winterschools, according to the institute's requirement

Of course you are free to visit more courses on an optional basis; all courses will be listed on your HITEC certificate.

The visit of international conferences will not be funded by HITEC.

HITEC Certificate

Doctoral candidates who have successfully completed the HITEC programme will receive the HITEC Certificate which complements the doctoral award. The Certificate will automatically list the courses of the basic training programme and visits to your external mentor. In addition you can have the visits of international conferences, scientific publications from your PhD work and awards and honours indicated. After the experiation of your working contract Saskia Nieke will contact you in order to prepare the HITEC Certificate. If you have questions beforehand, please do not hesitate to ask.

Contact Us

Saskia Nieke
HITEC Office
tel.: (0)2461 - 61 8811
s.nieke@fz-juelich.de