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HCTS welcomes new Master's students

Oct 30, 2018

A new generation of students has arrived at the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and HCTS to pursue an M.A. in Transcultural Studies. Orientation days took place on October 10-11 at the Karl Jaspers Centre, introducing students to the programme’s structure, regulations and study foci.

Out of 88 applications from more than 25 countries, 53 candidates were chosen. The two-day event started with a welcome address by Scientific Project Manager Dr. Oliver Lamers. Then MATS programme coordinator Dr. Takuma Melber gave the students a general introduction to the Cluster "Asia and Europe" as well as the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). This was followed by a short self-introduction session of the MATS-students. Then Takuma Melber introduced the new students to the aims, structure and regulations of the MA Transcultural Studies, providing an overview of their first semester and an outlook on their two years of study in Heidelberg. At the end of the first day, students had the opportunity to attend an informal get-together with and organized by the MATS-Fachschaft.

On the second day of the Orientation Days, students met the HCTS Professors, who introduced their professorships and research, followed by a final session and Q&A with the programme’s Focus Advisors Jennifer Pochodzalla, Dr. Ruixuan Chen, Dr. Takahiro Yamamoto and Dr. Catherine Bublatzky.

The M.A. Transcultural Studies is a two-year full-time programme. At the end of their first semester, students choose one of the following three study foci for specialization: "Knowledge, Belief and Religion," "Society, Economy and Governance," or "Visual, Media and Material Culture." During their first year of studies, students attend seminars and lectures that introduce them to the methods and theories of Transcultural Studies as well as to specific topics within their study focus. The third semester may be used as a mobility window (e.g. study exchange or research internship) or for further specialization in various research fields, while the fourth semester is spent writing the master thesis.

Since the M.A. in Transcultural Studies started at the Cluster in 2011, it has attracted growing interest from around the world, resulting in consistently high numbers of applications from Germany and abroad.

You can find more information on the M.A. Transcultural Studies website.


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