Doctoral education has not been the main focus of quality assurance at the Freie Universität Berlin until recently. This is changing but there are lots of obstacles and problems to be solved. The university is a very heterogeneous institution and there is not one body responsible for overall quality assurance. Data is collected by different offices, there are different bodies involved in administrating the “doctoral process” and there is no clear hierarchy as concerns quality assurance. This paper describes the situation of quality assurance in regards to doctoral education at the Freie Universität Berlin and outlines how the Dahlem Research School, the university’s umbrella organisation for structured doctoral programmes, developed a multi-stage QA model to overcome these obstacles.
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