Human rights abuses committed by Western democracies and international organisations represent one of Assistant Professor Monika Heupel’s main research topics. Her research shows that, comparatively speaking, these perpetrators do not assume equal responsibility for their violations, and it identifies the sources of such disparities. Morezum Thema: New Perpetrators, New Victims
3.8 million – that’s the estimated number of jobs that have been lost to the eurozone crisis thus far. There is, however, a great deal of variation between countries: Greece lost over one million jobs, Italy around 800,000. The German labour market, on the other hand, has proven itself to be comparatively stable. The sociologist Olaf Struck explains why, and at what cost. Morezum Thema: Germany, a Crisis Management Model?
Functional illiteracy is a problem found at the very centre of society: approximately 7.5 million Germans’ reading and writing skills are inadequate for participation in social life or the pursuit of a professional career. Psychologists at the University of Bamberg have studied the problem’s causes and have developed a programme that can help; AlphaPlus and AlphaPlus Job. Morezum Thema: Making Sense of Word Salad
The American professor of social and personality psychology Dr. Roy Baumeister is among the world’s most influential contemporary psychologists. Thanks to a Humboldt Research Award presented to him following his nomination by the University of Bamberg’s, he will now be conducting research in Bamberg. Morezum Thema: Exploring the Self
On 22 May 2015, the university council elected Maike Andresen to the office of Vice-president for Research by an overwhelming majority. In addition to promoting international cooperation, she is committed to developing new career paths and initiating a system of human resource development. In office, she will be able to draw on insights from her own extensive research experience. Morezum Thema: University Council Elects New Vice-president
Three scholars from the University of Bamberg are included in the current Handelsblatt list of the top business economists. Their research on business relationships between corporations and on human resource management has brought them top honours in the renowned rankings. Morezum Thema: Top Honours for Business Research
Germany’s vocational education system enjoys an outstanding international reputation: Thanks to its dual structure, which combines theory with practical training, it succeeds in educating highly qualified personnel. Young people therefore face far fewer difficulties in the labour market than their counterparts elsewhere in Europe. However, as Prof. Sandra Buchholz of the chair of Sociology 1 acknowledges, “The system does have some rough edges.” Morezum Thema: Does Dual Education Live up to its Reputation?
Good news for doctoral candidates: The University of Bamberg’s application for the DAAD “IPID4all – International Promovieren in Deutschland – for all” funding initiative was a success. The programme will increase support both for foreign scholars pursing doctoral degrees in Germany and for German scholars who wish to travel abroad. Morezum Thema: New Stimulus for International Doctoral Studies
News of Ulrich Beck’s passing travelled quickly through the German and international press. Beck died of a heart attack on 1 January 2015. He was 70 years old. The former chair of Bamberg’s department of Sociological Theory (Soziologie II) was not only an outstanding scholar; he was also a central figure in the development of Bamberg’s sociology programme. Morezum Thema: In Remembrance of Ulrich Beck
The University of Bamberg has successfully completed the German Rectors’ Conference’s Audit “Internationalisation of Universities.” University President Godehard Ruppert and Vice-president Sebastian Kempgen were presented with a certificate at the audit conference in Berlin. Morezum Thema: Forging an International Path