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P³Dual – Recruitment and Development of Professorial Staff

In the project "P³Dual – Recruitment and Development of Professorial Staff at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam Dual", attractive career paths for doctoral students and postdocs as well as practitioners are being developed towards an UAS professorship.

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Your career at a university of applied sciences

In the interplay between theory and practice, we inspire young academics to pursue a career at a university of applied sciences and support them through long-term cooperation with practical partners. This is intended to demonstrate the UAS professorship as an attractive career path and close the gap in the search for suitable professorial staff. At the same time, we strengthen the cooperation with our strategic partners and thus create a strong basis for innovative research and transfer projects that advance the university's future fields.

Information on the project

The central element of P³Dual is the triad of practice, teaching and research in a dual model for promoting young talent. Teaching takes place at the university, while parallel research experience is gained in practical issues, for example together with companies or social institutions. Existing partnerships are developed into long-term strategic cooperations. The promotion of young researchers starts at various qualification levels: via dual models for a cooperative doctorate or a post-doctoral position, or also via corresponding models at the professorship level.

At the doctoral and post-doctoral qualification levels, participants in the P³Dual programme spend half of their time at the university doing research and teaching and half of their time working for a partner in the field. In this way, they can gain practical experience on the one hand and develop themselves further in research and teaching on the other, in order to qualify for a career as a professor at a university of applied sciences in the long term. With a strong interlocking of practical work with tasks in teaching and research, there is a benefit for all involved.

Furthermore, a strategic concept for academic personnel development is being developed in the project, the visibility of the possible career paths to a UAS professorship and the profiling of the university as an attractive employer are being advanced, cooperative models are being tested and evaluated, and the university's appointment strategy is being further developed. The tested models, structures and processes as well as qualification offers are anchored at the FHP in a sustainable and structural way.

The project is part of the federal-state programme "FH Personal" with a duration of six years (01.04.2021 - 31.03.2027).
The brief synopsis provides a compact overview of the project.

As part of the FH Personal project, a nationwide campaign "Die HAW-Professur: Karriere mit Wirkung" is being run under the auspices of Fulda University of Applied Sciences with the aim of increasing awareness and visibility of the career path to the UAS professorship nationwide and enhancing the attractiveness of the job profile.

This platform contains currently advertised professorships at universities of applied sciences (UAS) nationwide.

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Our advisory board

Portrait Ulrich Hörning
© Stadt Leipzig

"I have been mayor and deputy mayor for general administration of the city of Leipzig since 2015. In this function, I am responsible for personnel, organisation, law, citizen services and digitalisation of the administration. Strengthening democratic action and awareness in administrative operations is one of my focus areas. Before joining the city of Leipzig, I worked for the Federal Ministry of Finance, the City of Mannheim, the World Bank and an international management consulting firm. I studied in Tübingen, Paris and Harvard.

I find P³Dual exciting because in Germany we need good experts and managers for contemporary urban action in challenging times.

I would like to support the programme as a member of the advisory board because new models of academic education are of great interest to me as the head of human resources for the city of Leipzig."

P³Dual Beirat Bärbel Kracke
© Anne Günther (FSU Jena)

"I am a professor of educational psychology at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. I studied at the TU Berlin, did my doctorate in Gießen and habilitated in Mannheim. My research focuses on the professional development of young people and the preparation of student teachers for an inclusive school characterised by heterogeneity of the student body.

I find P³Dual exciting because it explores the potential of universities of applied sciences to combine research and teaching with an application-oriented focus on a scientific basis for shaping a further professional career. For graduates, it no longer has to be either practice or science, but it can be both. This is highly forward-looking."

Portrait Prof. Dr. Michael Ortgiese

"I head a department at the Institute of Transportation Systems Engineering of the German Aerospace Center and am responsible for the field of transport and mobility management at TU Berlin. Before that, I was a professor at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and worked in industry. I would like to support P³Dual as a member of the advisory board because it opens up new exciting career opportunities for young scientists. In particular, the linking of practice and university can set new impulses here for all involved."

Portrait Prof. Dr. Dr. Godehard Ruppert
© Universität Bamberg, Jürgen Schabel

"I was president of the University of Bamberg for more than 20 years and vice president for research and young academics for two terms before that. In addition, I held and still hold various functions in the national and international science sector, including on the Brandenburg state university council.

I find P³Dual exciting because consequences are drawn here from the insight that new goals do not lie along old paths.

I would like to support the programme as a member of the advisory board, because there is an opportunity here to pave the way for qualified scientists to become professors and to find new ways of acquiring professors.

Ingrid Schoon
© Udo Borchert (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)

"I am professor of human development and social policy at University College London, social research institute (United Kingdom). I studied psychology in Mainz (Germany) and completed my PhD on creative achievement in architecture at Leiden University (The Netherlands).

I would like to support the P³Dual programme as a member of the advisory board, as research and development activities at universities of applied sciences provide essential impulses for the innovative capacity of society. In addition, the societal demand for academic education related to professional fields is met by research activities close to the profession. However, a major challenge is to ensure the recruitment of professorial teaching capacities at universities of applied sciences in the long term and to recruit qualified personnel for teaching and research on professionally relevant issues. Setting new impulses for this task is a personal concern of mine, as is working to facilitate transitions between types of higher education institutions and to promote permeability between vocational education and higher education."

"I graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg Bergedorf and the University of Hamburg in 1985 with a degree in industrial engineering. Afterwards, I held various marketing positions at Unilever and Mars, as a management consultant in the USA, among other places, and as a board member or CEO in the retail sector at Tchibo, Ernsting`s familiy and Takko fashion.

For some years now, I have been involved in entrepreneurial activities and support companies and institutions as an advisor or in an advisory capacity.

I think P³Dual is important because the practice-oriented, academic work creates an essential foundation for our economy.

I want to support the programme as an advisory board member because I believe in the effectiveness of interdisciplinary teams and enjoy supporting undergraduate, graduate and all other stakeholders."

Application procedure for dual positions in the P³Dual programme

The recruitment process for the dual positions in the P³Dual programme has been completed.


Dr. rer. pol. Sylvia Schmid
Consultant for Academic Human Resources Development and Project Coordinator P³Dual
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P³Dual – Recruitment and development of professorial staff at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

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THE HAW PROFESSION – A career with impact

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