Graduate Council

At TUM Graduate School (TUM-GS), we value the opinions of our doctoral candidates and give them a mouthpiece to communicate them publicly. Each Graduate Center chooses two representatives to serve on the Graduate Council, which meets regularly to discuss all of the issues relating to doctoral studies.

Do you want to make a difference at your university? Join the Graduate Council and become informed about the discussions taking place in Germany and Europe surrounding doctoral programs. The Graduate Council ensures that doctoral candidates’ interests are represented on the Graduate Council and beyond, and that they can take part in shaping the program. Please ask your respective departmental Graduate Center or your thematic Graduate Center about contact partners and election periods.

Goals of the Graduate Council

Exchange and networking. The Graduate Council gives doctoral candidates an opportunity to develop and intensify a wide range of academic and professional networks. 

Developing opinions about university policy. The Graduate Council discusses the areas of university policy that are especially important for doctoral candidates, for instance the resolution on new doctoral regulations and financing for external members of the Graduate School. All topic suggestions by doctoral candidates for the Graduate Council are welcome.

Support and help. Doctoral candidates can contact the speakers of the Graduate Council, or the representatives of their Graduate Center at any time if they have difficulties.

Culture, sports and art. It is important to maintain a good balance between work and free time. That is why the Graduate Council financially supports a large number of social events for doctoral candidates, such as parties, concerts, sporting events and field trips.

Positions of the Graduate Council

As a result of a large survey among doctoral candidates in 2014, the Graduate Council has developed the following position papers. The representatives develop ideas and positions on issues such as supervision, good scientific practice, career paths, and diversity in small teams.

Speakers of the Graduate Council

Every year, two members of the Graduate Council are elected to the Executive Board of the TUM-GS. The Graduate Council Spokesperson is a member of the TUM Academic Senate.

If you have questions or would like to get involved in the Graduate Council, feel free to contact the speakers.

Christoph Gschnaidtner
Chair of Finance and Industrial Economics
TUM School of Management

Franziska Löhrer
Research Group "Functional Materials"
Department of Physics