The German Council of Science and Humanities has recommended giving the Kühne Logistics University (KLU) the right to confer postdoctorate titles over an initial five-year period, according to a press release Wednesday on the council’s meeting in spring. The Ministry for Science, Research and Equality had requested a recommendation which will likely take effect in the coming months. Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality, said: “I am delighted that the council has acknowledged KLU’s efforts to obtain the right to confer postdoctorate titles and has issued a recommendation to that effect. The university has deservedly earned the right to confer postdoctorate titles based on its constant, excellent work. This benefits students, young academics and Hamburg as a location of science gains repute.”
“Top tier of academic education”
KLU has all the institutional conditions for conferring postdoctorate titles and has presented convincing plans for a structured, doctoral programme, the council found. “The council’s decision is a prerequisite for our next step ahead. During the past years, we have worked systematically towards the right to confer postdoctorate titles. This will admit KLU to the top tier of academic education,” said Prof. Dr. Thomas Strothotte, President of KLU.
Special distinction for KLU
Kühne Logistics University – Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Logistik und Unternehmensführung (KLU) is a private, state-accredited university in Hamburg’s HafenCity. Sponsored by the non-profit Kühne Stiftung or foundation, KLU offers a broad spectrum of courses and research in logistics, supply chain and business management. The right to confer postdoctorate titles is a special honour for KLU as only 13 out of 120 private universities in Germany presently have the right to train postgraduate students.