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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EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey
Research cluster: Returns on Tertiary Education
Graduate panel, examination cohort 2013
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Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education. Main report - Study.

Vossensteyn, H., Kolster, R., Kaiser, F., File, J., Huisman, J., Seeber, M., ... & Gwosć, C. (2018).
Promoting the Relevance of Higher Education. Main report - Study. 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. 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 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. 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 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?

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).
Gender differences in higher education from a life course perspective: Transitions and social inequality between enrolment and first post-doc position. Higher Education, (online first).

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. Hannover: German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies.
ISBN 978-3-86426-049-0

National-level capacities for studying HE graduates in Europe .

Hauschildt, K., Mühleck, K. (2015).
National-level capacities for studying HE graduates in Europe . EUROGRADUATE research digest.

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.

Gaebel, M., Hauschildt, K., Mühleck, K., & Smidt, H. (2012).
Tracking Learners' and Graduates' Progression Paths. TRACKIT. Brüssel, Belgien: European University Association.

Erträge akademischer und nicht-akademischer Bildung.

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

duz-Special: Tracking. Dem Studienerfolg auf der Spur.

HIS-Institut für Hochschulforschung (Hrsg.) - HIS-Beiträge von Mühleck, K., Hauschildt, K., Jaeger, M., Sanders, S., Heublein, U., Kerst, C., ... & Briedis, K. (2012).
duz-Special: Tracking. Dem Studienerfolg auf der Spur. duz-Magazin(2).

Europäischer Hochschulraum im Vergleich. Informationen zum Studienverlauf bieten Hochschulen und Politik mehr Steuerungsmöglichkeiten als reine Bestandsdaten.

Mühleck, K., Spexard, A., & Hauschildt, K. (2012).
Europäischer Hochschulraum im Vergleich. Informationen zum Studienverlauf bieten Hochschulen und Politik mehr Steuerungsmöglichkeiten als reine Bestandsdaten. duz-Special: Tracking. Dem Studienerfolg auf der Spur(2), 8-9.

Verlässliche Daten gewinnen. Hochschulen und Politik wollen wissen, wie erfolgreich Hochschulabsolventen auf dem Arbeitsmarkt sind.

Mühleck, K., Spexard, A., & Hauschildt, K. (2012).
Verlässliche Daten gewinnen. Hochschulen und Politik wollen wissen, wie erfolgreich Hochschulabsolventen auf dem Arbeitsmarkt sind. duz-Special: Tracking - Dem Studienerfolg auf der Spur(2), 14-15.
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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.

Final Seminar of the EUROGRADUATE feasibility study.

Mühleck, K. (2016, März).
Final Seminar of the EUROGRADUATE feasibility study. Berlin.

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

Mühleck, K. (2015, Dezember).
The feasibility of a European graduate study. Interim results and recommendations of the EUROGRADUATE feasibility study. Vortrag auf dem Treffen der OECD Informal Working Group on Higher Education, Den Haag, Niederlande.

Higher education and its returns: policy challenges from a life course perspective.

Kohlrausch, B. (2015, Oktober).
Higher education and its returns: policy challenges from a life course perspective. Symposium auf der Konferenz der Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies "Life Courses in Cross-National Comparison: Similarities and Differences", Dublin, Irland, geleitet von W. Heinz mit Beiträgen von W. Heinz, R. Schürmann, T. Sembritzki, G. Brandt, K. Briedis, G. Fabian, B. Kohlrausch, K. Mühleck, S. Mishra.

The feasibility of a European graduate study. Interim results, options, and recommendations of the EUROGRADUATE feasibility study.

Mühleck, K. (2015, Oktober).
The feasibility of a European graduate study. Interim results, options, and recommendations of the EUROGRADUATE feasibility study. Vortrag auf dem Workshop „Koordination und Kooperation in der Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung“, Hannover.

The EUROGRADUATE Feasibility Study. Preliminary Results on the Prospects and Requirements for a European Graduate Study.

Mühleck, K. (2015, September).
The EUROGRADUATE Feasibility Study. Preliminary Results on the Prospects and Requirements for a European Graduate Study. Vortrag auf dem peer learning seminar "Tracking graduates' career paths", Warschau.

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

Lörz, M., & Mühleck, K. (2015, Mai).
Gender Differences in Higher Education from a Life Course Perspective: Transitions and Social Selectivity between Enrolment and first Post-doc Position. Vortrag auf der Konferenz "Social Inequality, Cohesion and Solidarity", Spring Meeting of the Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility (RC28) of the International Sociological Association (ISA), Tilburg, Niederlande.

Studienfach und Gehaltsunterschiede zwischen Frauen und Männern – warum Frauen das Gehaltspotential lukrativer Studienfächer nicht nutzen (können).

Mühleck, K. (2013, März).
Studienfach und Gehaltsunterschiede zwischen Frauen und Männern – warum Frauen das Gehaltspotential lukrativer Studienfächer nicht nutzen (können). Vortrag auf der 8. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Hochschulforschung in Berlin.

Equity in European Higher Education. Approach to the issue & selected findings of the EquNet project.

Mühleck, K. (2012, November).
Equity in European Higher Education. Approach to the issue & selected findings of the EquNet project. Vortrag im Rahmen des internationalen Workshops "Equity in European Higher Education" in Brüssel.