Kai Mühleck

Dr. Kai Mühleck

Research area Educational Careers and Graduate Employment
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Kai Mühleck has worked at DZHW since 2008. He is senior researcher of the Research Unit Professional and Academic Careers in the Research Area: Educational Careers and Graduate Employment. His research focusses on the topics of tracking of students and graduates, returns on education, gender differences, and social inequality. He works primarily in internationally comparative projects. Before joining DZHW he worked as a researcher at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (2001-2008). He holds a doctorate in sociology from Humboldt Universität (2007) and studied political science, sociology, and economics at the universities of Heidelberg and Manchester, graduating from Heidelberg in 2001 (M.A.).

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Research cluster: Returns on Tertiary Education
National Academics Panel Study (NACAPS)
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EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey. Design and implementation of a pilot European graduate survey.

Meng, C., Wessling, K., Mühleck, K., & Unger, M. (2020).
EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey. Design and implementation of a pilot European graduate survey. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey. Key findings.

Meng, C., Wessling, K., Mühleck, K., & Unger, M. (2020).
EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey. Key findings. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
ISBN 978-92-76-17877-4

Étude pilote EUROGRADUATE. Résultats principaux.

Meng, C., Wessling, K., Mühleck, K., & Unger, M. (2020).
Étude pilote EUROGRADUATE. Résultats principaux. Luxembourg: Office des publications de l’Union européenne.
ISBN 978-92-76-17879-8

Gender Differences in Higher Education from a Life Course Perspective: Transitions and Social Selectivity between Upper Secondary School and first Post-doc Position.

Lörz, M., & Muehleck, K. (2019).
Gender Differences in Higher Education from a Life Course Perspective: Transitions and Social Selectivity between Upper Secondary School and first Post-doc Position. Higher Education, 77 (3), 381-402.

Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education. Main report.

Vossensteyn, H., Kolster, R., Kaiser, F., File, J., Huisman, J., Seeber, M., ... & Gwosć, C. (2018).
Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education. Main report. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
ISBN 978-92-79-80311-6
Abstract

The main objective of this study is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the relevance of higher education and how this is promoted in various countries in Europe and beyond. On the basis of a review of relevant literature, policy documents and databases, consultation with national experts and eight in-depth country case studies that included interviews with many national stakeholders, this study seeks to answer questions such as which policy levers do member states use to promote higher education relevance? Which national policies concerning higher education relevance appear to be effective and good practice examples? Which indicators are informative in assessing higher education relevance at system level?

Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education. Executive summary.

Vossensteyn, H., Kolster, R., Kaiser, F., File, J., Huisman, J., Seeber, M., ... & Gwosć, C. (2018).
Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education. Executive summary. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
ISBN 978-92-79-80315-4
Abstract

The main objective of this study is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the relevance of higher education and how this is promoted in various countries in Europe and beyond. On the basis of a review of relevant literature, policy documents and databases, consultation with national experts and eight in-depth country case studies that included interviews with many national stakeholders, this study seeks to answer questions such as which policy levers do member states use to promote higher education relevance? Which national policies concerning higher education relevance appear to be effective and good practice examples? Which indicators are informative in assessing higher education relevance at system level?

Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education. Annex 1, Country case studies.

Vossensteyn, H., Kolster, R., Kaiser, F., File, J., Huisman, J., Seeber, M., ... & Gwosć, C. (2018).
Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education. Annex 1, Country case studies. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
ISBN 978-92-79-80310-9
Abstract

The main objective of this study is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the relevance of higher education and how this is promoted in various countries in Europe and beyond. On the basis of a review of relevant literature, policy documents and databases, consultation with national experts and eight in-depth country case studies that included interviews with many national stakeholders, this study seeks to answer questions such as which policy levers do member states use to promote higher education relevance? Which national policies concerning higher education relevance appear to be effective and good practice examples? Which indicators are informative in assessing higher education relevance at system level?

Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education. Annex 2, Literature study and indicator review.

Vossensteyn, H., Kolster, R., Kaiser, F., File, J., Huisman, J., Seeber, M., ... & Gwosć, C. (2018).
Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education. Annex 2, Literature study and indicator review. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
ISBN 978-92-79-80309-3
Abstract

The main objective of this study is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the relevance of higher education and how this is promoted in various countries in Europe and beyond. On the basis of a review of relevant literature, policy documents and databases, consultation with national experts and eight in-depth country case studies that included interviews with many national stakeholders, this study seeks to answer questions such as which policy levers do member states use to promote higher education relevance? Which national policies concerning higher education relevance appear to be effective and good practice examples? Which indicators are informative in assessing higher education relevance at system level?

Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education. Annex 3, Country fiches.

Vossensteyn, H., Kolster, R., Kaiser, F., File, J., Huisman, J., Seeber, M., ... & Gwosć, C. (2018).
Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education. Annex 3, Country fiches. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
ISBN 978-92-79-80312-3
Abstract

The main objective of this study is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the relevance of higher education and how this is promoted in various countries in Europe and beyond. On the basis of a review of relevant literature, policy documents and databases, consultation with national experts and eight in-depth country case studies that included interviews with many national stakeholders, this study seeks to answer questions such as which policy levers do member states use to promote higher education relevance? Which national policies concerning higher education relevance appear to be effective and good practice examples? Which indicators are informative in assessing higher education relevance at system level?

Testing the feasibility of a European graduate study: Final report of the EUROGRADUATE feasibility study.

Mühleck, K., Grabher, A., Hauschildt, K., Litofcenko, J., Mishra, S., Ryska, R., ... & Zelenka, M. (2016).
Testing the feasibility of a European graduate study: Final report of the EUROGRADUATE feasibility study. Hanover, Germany: German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW).
ISBN 978-3-86426-049-0

National-level capacities for studying HE graduates in Europe: EUROGRADUATE research digest.

Mühleck, K., & Hauschildt, K. (2015).
National-level capacities for studying HE graduates in Europe: EUROGRADUATE research digest. Hanover, Germany: German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW).

EUROGRADUATE - Europas Hochschulabsolventen im Visier.

Mühleck, K., & Orr, D. (2014).
EUROGRADUATE - Europas Hochschulabsolventen im Visier. DUZ Spezial: DZHW Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung. Erhebunge, Forschung, Service, 32-33, Berlin.

Evolving diversity II. Participation of students with an immigrant background in European Higher Education.

Camilleri, A. F., & Mühleck, K. (2013).
Evolving diversity II. Participation of students with an immigrant background in European Higher Education. Brüssel: EquNet Konsortium.

Tracking learners' and graduates' progression paths: TRACKIT. EUA publications 2012.

Gaebel, M., Hauschildt, K., Mühleck, K., & Smidt, H. (2012).
Tracking learners' and graduates' progression paths: TRACKIT. EUA publications 2012. Brussels, Belgium: European University Association.

Erträge akademischer und nicht-akademischer Bildung, Ein Vergleich von Studienberechtigten mit Berufsausbildungs- und Hochschulabschluss zwanzig Jahre nach Erlangung der Hochschulreife.

Spangenberg, H., Mühleck, K., & Schramm, M. (2012).
Erträge akademischer und nicht-akademischer Bildung, Ein Vergleich von Studienberechtigten mit Berufsausbildungs- und Hochschulabschluss zwanzig Jahre nach Erlangung der Hochschulreife. (HIS:Forum Hochschule 11/2012). Hannover: HIS.
ISBN 978-3-86426-017-9
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Does a Gender-Match of Advisor and Doctoral Student Foster a Scientific Career?

Mühleck, K. (2020, März).
Does a Gender-Match of Advisor and Doctoral Student Foster a Scientific Career? Vortrag im Research Seminar der Abteilung "Bildungsverläufe und Beschäftigung" des Deutschen Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung (DZHW), DZHW, Hannover.

Organisation of a visit of a delegation from the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES, Prague).

Mühleck, K. (2019, Dezember).
Organisation of a visit of a delegation from the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHES, Prague). DZHW, Hannover.

Higher Education and Civic Participation.

Carstensen, J., Euler, T., Grüttner, M., Güleryüz, D., Mühleck, K., Oelker, S. & Schwabe, U. (2019, November).
Higher Education and Civic Participation. Workshop des Forschungsclusters "Erträge tertiärer Bildung", DZHW, Hannover.

How does higher education foster active citizenship? Qualities of higher education and the political participation of graduates.

Mühleck, K., & Oelker, S. (2019, November).
How does higher education foster active citizenship? Qualities of higher education and the political participation of graduates. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Higher Education and Civic Participation", Forschungscluster "Erträge tertiärer Bildung" des Deutschen Zentrums für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung, DZHW, Hannover.

How does higher education foster active citizenship? Qualities of higher education and the political participation of graduates.

Mühleck, K., & Oelker, S. (2019, November).
How does higher education foster active citizenship? Qualities of higher education and the political participation of graduates. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Higher Education and Civic Participation", Forschungscluster "Erträge tertiärer Bildung" des Deutschen Zentrums für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung, Hannover.

EUROGRADUATE pilot survey.

Meng, C., Mühleck, K., & Unger, M. (2019, Oktober).
EUROGRADUATE pilot survey. Vortrag auf dem 4. Treffen des EUROGRADUATE Advisory Board, Europäische Kommission, Brüssel, Belgien.

Analysis of the feasibility of a full roll out of a European graduate survey.

Mühleck, K., & Oelker, S. (2019, Juni).
Analysis of the feasibility of a full roll out of a European graduate survey. Vortrag auf dem 3. Treffen der Commission expert group on graduate tracking, Europäische Kommission, Brüssel, Belgien.

Participating in a full roll-out of a European graduate survey.

Mühleck, K. (2019, Februar).
Participating in a full roll-out of a European graduate survey. Vortrag auf dem 2. Treffen der Commission expert group on graduate tracking, Europäische Kommission, Brüssel, Belgien.

EUROGRADUATE Pilotbefragung. Hintergrund, Ziele und Aktivitäten.

Mühleck, K. (2018, September).
EUROGRADUATE Pilotbefragung. Hintergrund, Ziele und Aktivitäten. Vortrag bei der 91. Sitzung der Kommission Statistik (Bereich Hochschulen) der Kultusministerkonferenz, Schwerin.

Gender differences in higher education from a life course perspective: Transitions and social inequality between enrolment and first post-doc position.

Lörz, M., & Muehleck, K. (2018, September).
Gender differences in higher education from a life course perspective: Transitions and social inequality between enrolment and first post-doc position. Vortrag auf dem 1st Forum Higher Education and the Labour Market (HELM), Nürnberg.

The EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey. Background, state, next steps, and perspectives.

Mühleck, K. (2018, Juni).
The EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey. Background, state, next steps, and perspectives. Presentation at the seminar on Career Monitoring of the ISEW Club Career Services, Helsinki, Finland.

The "Student Life Cycle" - A New Panel Study for the Research in Higher Education.

Jungbauer-Gans, M., Carstensen, J., Muehleck, K., & Lang, S. (2017, September).
The "Student Life Cycle" - A New Panel Study for the Research in Higher Education. Posterpräsentation auf dem 25th Annual Workshop of the European Research Network on Transitions in Youth (TIY), Brüssel, Belgien.

Gender differences in higher education from a life course perspective: Transitions and social inequality between enrolment and first post-doc position.

Lörz, M., & Muehleck, K. (2017, August/September).
Gender differences in higher education from a life course perspective: Transitions and social inequality between enrolment and first post-doc position. Posterpräsentation auf der ECSR 2017 Conference "Institutions, Inequality and Social Dynamics", Mailand, Italien.

The feasibility of a European graduate study. Results and recommendations of the EUROGRADUATE feasibility study.

Mühleck, K. (2016, September).
The feasibility of a European graduate study. Results and recommendations of the EUROGRADUATE feasibility study. Vortrag auf dem Workshop "Practices and challenges of following higher education graduates employability" des Slowenischen Bildungsministeriums, Ljubljana, Slowenien.

The feasibility of a European graduate study. Results and recommendations of the EUROGRADUATE feasibility study.

Mühleck, K. (2016, März).
The feasibility of a European graduate study. Results and recommendations of the EUROGRADUATE feasibility study. Vortrag auf dem "Final Seminar of the EUROGRADUATE feasibility study", Berlin.