Program reaccreditation by the agency ASIIN e.V.

M.Sc. POMOR applied in spring 2018 for a reaccreditation by the accreditation agency ASIIN e.V. at the Hamburg University. The reaccreditation process for POMOR and the partner master program at the Hamburg University Integrated Climate System Sciences (ICSS) started in April.  The audit (so called on-site inspection) took place yesterday, on September 5, 2018 in Hamburg. An expert commission from the agency interviewed the program administration, students, graduates, lecturers, visited relevant university facilities used by ICSS and POMOR and spoke to the university and faculty authorities in order to evaluate both master programs.

POMOR was represented by its scientific advisors Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Pfeiffer and Prof. Dr. Georgy Cherkashov, director of the Institute of Earth Sciences and leader of the 6th module Prof. Dr. Kirill Chistyakov, lecturer of the 1st module Prof. Dr. German Leitchenkov, coordinator of the M.Sc. Marine Geosciences at the Kiel University Dr. Nina Keul and POMOR program coordinator Dr. Nadezhda Kakhro. Prof. Dr. Bodo von Bodungen , Prof. Dr. Hans Burchard and POMOR student and graduates took part in the interviews by the expert commission.

The preliminary result is very positive. An official accreditation report is expected later this year. We hope very much that the program will be accredited for the next 7 years!

We would like to thank all partner universities and research organizations supporting the POMOR program and the accreditation process. A very special thanks to:

Professor Bodo von Bodungen (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemuende)

Professor Hans Burchard (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemuende)

Professor Georgy Cherkashov (Saint Petersburg State University)

Professor Kirill Chistyakov (Saint Petersburg State University)

Dr. Nina Keul (Christian Albrechts University zu Kiel)

Professor German Leitchenkov (Saint Petersburg State University)

Dr. Valeria Kirillova (UNIVERSUM Bremen, POMOR graduate 2013)

Elena Mikheeva (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materilas and Coastal Research, POMOR graduate 2017)

Dmitrii Pantiukhin (POMOR student)

Maria Pushkareva (POMOR student)

for their participation in the audit and to all colleagues from Hamburg University and ICCS who organized this meeting.

Photo by Claudia Kettenhofen. From l to r: Prof. Dr. Lars Kutzbach, Prof. Dr. Kirill Chistyakov, Dr. Nadezhda Kakhro, Prof. Dr. Hans Burchard, Prof. Dr. Eva-Maria Pfeiffer, Prof. Dr. Georgy Cherkashov and Prof. Dr. German Leitchenkov