The Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) is a joint activity of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). The graduate school benefits from the strength of both partners (figure 1).
The mission of the DLGS is to prepare competent doctoral graduates to perform high quality research with the focus on regional and local development strategies by providing a flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum and orientation within the research process. The DLGS doctoral candidates are seen as early stage researchers who contribute to the creation of knowledge within the research areas of the IOER.
DLGS goals are:
(a) to promote candidates’ research abilities in the social sciences and to broaden their scientific horizon;
(b) to guide doctoral candidates in preparing dissertations, and to contribute to the efficient and time-conscious preparation of their thesis;
(c) to provide competent and critical understanding of scientific theories and research practices;
(d) to promote candidates in acquiring experience and deepening their knowledge regarding disciplinary and interdisciplinary research;
(e) to provide opportunities to gain experience in issues and methods relating to policy advice and,
(f) to foster candidates’ ability to effectively communicate their research findings to the scientific community as well as to practitioners.