Kai Mühleck

Dr. Kai Mühleck

Research area Educational Careers and Graduate Employment
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Kai Mühleck works at DZHW since 2008. He is senior researcher of the research area "Educational Careers and Graduate Employment". His research focusses on the topics of scientific careers, tracking of graduates, monetary and non-monetary returns to education, gender differences, social inequality, and cross-country comparisons. Before joining DZHW he worked as a researcher at Humboldt-University in Berlin (2001-2008). He holds a doctorate in sociology from Humboldt-University (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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Capacity Building for a European Graduate Tracking Initiative
Research cluster: Returns on Tertiary Education
National Academics Panel Study (NACAPS)
Publications

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EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey. Country report Germany.

Mühleck, K., Oelker, S., Unger, M., Jühlke, R., Maurer, S., & Dau, J. (2020).
EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey. Country report Germany. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
ISBN 978-92-76-17883-5

EUROGRADUATE Pilotbefragung. Länderbericht Deutschland.

Mühleck, K., Oelker, S., Unger, M., Jühlke, R., Maurer, S., & Dau, J. (2020).
EUROGRADUATE Pilotbefragung. Länderbericht Deutschland. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
ISBN 978-92-76-17884-2

EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey. Technical assessment and feasibility of a full rollout.

Mühleck, K., Meng, C., Oelker, S., Unger, M., Lizzi, R., Maurer, S., ... & Wessling, K. (2020).
EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey. Technical assessment and feasibility of a full rollout. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. https://doi.org/10.2766/85072
ISBN 978-92-76-17876-7

Étude pilote EUROGRADUATE. Évaluation technique de l’enquête pilote EUROGRADUATE et étude de faisabilité de sa mise en oeuvre à grande échelle. Résultats principaux.

Mühleck, K., Meng, C., Oelker, S., Unger, M., Lizzi, R., Maurer, S., ... & Wessling, K. (2020).
Étude pilote EUROGRADUATE. Évaluation technique de l’enquête pilote EUROGRADUATE et étude de faisabilité de sa mise en oeuvre à grande échelle. Résultats principaux. Luxembourg: Office des publications de l’Union européenne. https://doi.org/10.2766/939744
ISBN 978-92-76-20310-0

EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey. Technical assessment and feasibility of a full rollout. Executive summary.

Mühleck, K., Meng, C., Oelker, S., Unger, M., Lizzi, R., Maurer, S., ... & Wessling, K. (2020).
EUROGRADUATE Pilot Survey. Technical assessment and feasibility of a full rollout. Executive summary. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. https://doi.org/10.2766/581640
ISBN 978-92-76-20308-7

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

Mühleck, K., & Oelker, S. (2020).
How does higher education foster active citizenship? Qualities of higher education and the political participation of graduates. In S. Noorda, P. Scoot, & M. Vukasovic (Eds.), Bologna Process Beyond 2020: Fundamental Values of the EHEA (pp. 331-338). Bologna: Bononia University Press.
ISBN 978-88-6923-493-4
Abstract

The paper analyses the relationship between characteristics of higher education and political participation. In addition to differences due to fields of subjects we observe a strong relationship with extra-curricular activities such as international mobility, practical training, and voluntary activities. Our results indicate that such activities as well as civic skills help strengthening the political participation of higher education graduates.

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. https://doi.org/10.2766/197218
ISBN 978-92-76-17877-4

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. https://doi.org/10.2766/629271

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. https://doi.org/10.2766/209598
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., & Mühleck, 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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-018-0273-y

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. https://doi.org/10.2766/048735
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. https://doi.org/10.2766/459056
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. https://doi.org/10.2766/409116
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. https://doi.org/10.2766/884
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. https://doi.org/10.2766/952691
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?

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Perspektiven des Forschungsclusters Bildungserträge – Inhaltliches Update 2020 und Planung für 2021.

Carstensen, J., Euler, T., Goldan, L., Grüttner, M., Güleryüz, D., Huss, B., ... & Schwabe, U. (2020).
Perspektiven des Forschungsclusters Bildungserträge – Inhaltliches Update 2020 und Planung für 2021. Workshop des Forschungsclusters "Erträge tertiärer Bildung", DZHW, Hannover.

Is a same-sex advisor beneficial for doctoral students? Challenging the intuition!

Mühleck, K., & Schwabe, U. (2020, Oktober).
Is a same-sex advisor beneficial for doctoral students? Challenging the intuition! Vortrag beim Workshop "Causality in the Social Sciences II", Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung und Akademie für Soziologie, Hannover.

Final report of the Commission expert group on graduate tracking. Statement of the EUROGRADUATE Consortium.

Mühleck, K., Meng, C., & Unger, M. (2020, September).
Final report of the Commission expert group on graduate tracking. Statement of the EUROGRADUATE Consortium. Vortrag auf dem Abschlusstreffen der Commission expert group on graduate tracking, Europäische Kommission, Brüssel, Belgien.

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.

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.