They both have a lot of paperwork behind them. Anyone wanting to pursue a doctorate at a university after completing a practice-oriented dual study program needs to cross numerous administrative hurdles. The admission criteria are complex and the doctorate models are very different.
But Dr. Sören Neuberger and Dr. Fabian Kaiser were willing to take this on. "Only comparatively few graduates of "dual universities" take this path," says Neuberger, who began working at Freudenberg twelve years ago, right at the outset of his studies. His fellow student initially graduated from another employer, leaving them as the effects of the global financial crisis took hold, which battered the company where he was training. He then moved to the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University before joining Freudenberg on completion of his Master's degree. Here, the two men began to concern themselves with seals and also presented their doctoral theses on this subject.