From 27 to 30 October 2015, the Research Training Group WIPCAD organized with researchers from the University of Lausanne (UNIL) the joint PhD research days on Public Administration at the University of Potsdam. Besides Prof. Isabella Proeller who holds the Chair for Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Potsdam, Prof. Yves Emery and Prof. Nils Soguel from the University of Lausanne joined the research days. The aim was to bring together PhD students from Potsdam and Lausanne who work on similar topics on the phenomena of Public Administration organizations, and to provide a forum for PhD student exchange between Potsdam and Lausanne. A total of 7 PhD students from the Institut de hautes études en administration publique were welcomed. In selected joint training activities, PhD students were trained in developing their unique selling proposition, presentation skills, organizational theory and the basic rules of time management. The workshop was paired with a visit to the city council of Potsdam. Sharing their experiences on research projects and work essentials, participants could profit from knowledge sharing, joint reflection and conversations with experts.
The University of Lausanne (UNIL) has a strong tradition of high quality research and education in various disciplines. It is composed of seven faculties where approximately 14,300 students and 3,000 researchers work and study. Together with the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), these institutes represent the biggest education and research centre in Switzerland. The University of Lausanne awards 26 different doctoral qualifications in its seven faculties. Since 2014, the University of Lausanne (UNIL) is home for the Institut de hautes études en administration publique (IDHEAP), the national research and education institute for Public Administation and Public Service in Switzerland. IDHEAP also offers a structured PhD program in Public Administration where currently 32 candidates in the fields of Public Policy, Political Science, Management, Economics, and Law are enrolled.