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Portrait Ulrike Schleicher

"The best of industry and university"

In this interview, Ulrike Schleicher, head of MAN's doctoral student support, talks about the advantages of an industrial doctorate. She also reveals how to become a doctoral student at MAN yourself.


Ulrike Schleicher

is an expert in talent management and university cooperation. At MAN, she manages doctoral student support, among other things, and is the interface between the university, doctoral students, and the department.

Ms. Schleicher, what is your role at MAN?

I am responsible for university partnerships in Talent Management and, among other things, for the MAN doctoral program. Here I supervise all of the 25 doctoral students currently working on their doctorates at and with MAN. I also advise our departments internally if they want to pursue a future topic as part of a doctorate.

What exactly does the doctoral program look like?

Two aspects are particularly important to us in the MAN doctoral program: the phd network and the doctoral students' personal development. The doctoral group organizes various network meetings and events within MAN, but also within the VW Group and industry-wide. Our most important event is the annual MAN PhD Colloquium. This is where all doctoral students present the status of their dissertation topic to our Executive Board members, their supervisors, and their supervisors at the department. In addition, the program provides an overview of all doctoral studies at MAN, enabling us to leverage interdisciplinary synergies. The doctoral program also focuses in particular on the personal and professional development and support of doctoral students.

What is the advantage of an industry doctorate?

What an industrial doctorate is all about is taking something from both worlds - industry and the university. You work with MAN on a very practical research topic and at the same time have the opportunity to work at the chair and gain experience there.

How can you become a doctoral student at MAN?

Our doctoral students are employed by the university and by MAN as part of cooperation agreements with selected universities. Vacant doctoral positions are advertised both via the cooperating chair and via our MAN careers page.

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