In this portrait series, we introduce our 2017 GSGP successful and prospective graduates. First, we have congratulated some of the students that have successfully completed our 3-year Program, now we introduce Tobias Lechner – excellent PhD student and prospective graduate.
News from Nov 15, 2017
The Graduate School of Global Politics (GSGP) gives outstanding PhD candidates the opportunity to complete a 3-year PhD program at Freie Universität Berlin and one of its renowned Chinese partner universities. Behind the program’s regional focus on East Asia and Europe stands a pioneer concept: the GSGP is the first bi-national German-Chinese PhD program in social sciences. Each PhD candidate benefits from the international academic experience of studying at two universities. By taking their research from one continent to another, they learn to pay special attention to different political, cultural and economic factors. The program is designed to provide both in-depth knowledge of theories and methodology in International Relations and an understanding for what it means to approach a research-oriented career from a global perspective.
The aforementioned features also happened to be the main reasons why Tobias Lechner chose the Graduate School of Global Politics. Of utmost value to him is to be enrolled in a binational program because he is determined to spend his years of intense research not only in Germany, but rather to travel and gain an overview of the political environment in several countries. When asked what inspired him to apply for the program, when there are arguably many other options, he says that “The combination of academic excellence and binational education makes the GSGP an outstanding program”. The topic of his dissertation and Tobias´s main focal point is the political spill-over effect of economic sanctions and its implications on the processes of autocracy.
It is not only a relevant topic, but also Tobias´s way of preparing for a career in policy analysis, governmental sectors, or academic and cultural cooperation, which he is strving for after his graduation from the PhD program.
The quote that best describes his experience with GSGP is “ 你若盛开，蝴蝶自来 - If you bloom, the butterfly will come”. It means: If you have an aim, then work hard for it and don't be afraid of change.
We are excited to find out what the future holds for Tobias Lechner and his eagerness to pursue his goals will bring him.
We wish him all the best and thank him for his dedication to the GSGP program!