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Information about Data Protection


Where does the university get my address data?

The addresses of graduates at the time of graduation were collected and saved by the university in accordance with the statutes on personal data collection and processing. These data were collected exclusively for the purpose of this survey and given to the coordinators of the project on removable media. The data which are in possession of the university may not be still valid in all cases one year after graduation, therefore the necessary updates were done with the assistance of the registration offices and the internet.

Why is the university allowed to use my address data for this graduate survey?

Address data may only be transferred and processed within the university for scientific purposes or in order to fulfil the tasks of the university. Both conditions are met within the framework of this graduate survey:

1.) The graduate survey at the university is part of a nationwide scientific research project under the coordination of INCHER-Kassel that encompasses 50 universities and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Within the framework of the nationwide cooperation project "Study Conditions and Professional Success" INCHER-Kassel is creating a complete dataset including the answers of all graduates of the participating universities and analyses the anonymized data exclusively for scientific purposes in the field of higher education and graduate research.

2.) The results of the survey are supposed to be used in the universities for the purpose of research and quality management in teaching and study. Saved address data will not be used for any purpose beyond inviting and reminding to participate in the graduate survey. Address data will be processed by employees of the university only. All employees who have access to personal data during the project are subject to current data protection laws. In this context, providing address data to third parties is strictly prohibited which is still valid even after these employees no longer work for the university.

What is the purpose of the access code?

Each graduate receives a randomly generated access code. With this code participants can access the online questionnaire (sufficiently protecting it from unauthorized access). Through the control of used access codes it is also possible to see who has already filled in the questionnaire. These graduates then will not receive further reminders (up to four contacts during the course of the survey are possible).

How is the online survey handled?

Use your access code for log in into the anonymous online survey. During the data collection phase of the survey, your answers will be saved in a database on a server of the computer centre of the University of Kassel. Data transmission is not encrypted. At the end of the online questionnaire you are asked for a) your willingness to participate in a follow-up survey in 3 to 4 years and b) your interest in receiving a summary of the research report. If you agree to a) and/or b), please mention your address data. This address data will not be saved on a server of the computer centre of the University of Kassel but is immediately transferred through an encrypted connection to INCHER-Kassel. Your address data will never be saved together with your questionnaire data in one file, keeping the questionnaire data anonymous at all times. At the end of data collection the survey data will be processed at INCHER-Kassel and analysed statistically in the framework of higher education and graduate research. Your university receives the anonymous survey data (that is, without name and address) for own analysis. At the end of the data collection the address data will be saved on a CD-ROM by a member of the project at INCHER-Kassel and will be sent to the universities. The address data will then be deleted from the INCHER-Kassel server. The data on this CD is encrypted and the key will be sent separately by letter. This procedure is cleared with the data protection officer of the University of Kassel. The universities will use your address data only for the stated purposes (e.g. participation in follow-up survey, sending a summary of the final report).

What is INCHER-Kassel?

The International Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel (INCHER-Kassel) is an interdisciplinary research unit within the University of Kassel. The centre is working in the field of higher education research for 30 years and has an excellent reputation worldwide. You can find information on the research projects and INCHER-Kassel at: www.uni-kassel.de/incher/absolventen/. All employees of INCHER-Kassel are subject to current data protection laws. This means that they are strictly prohibited to give address data to third parties, too.


INCHER-Kassel will create a university-spanning dataset that includes the answers from the questionnaires of all graduates of the participating universities. Addresses will not be included in this dataset. The anonymous answers from the survey will be analysed and results will be published only for scientific purposes in the framework of higher education and graduate research. Inferences on individual universities or persons are not possible in any publications of INCHER-Kassel.

Who can I contact for further questions?

For further questions please contact the contact András Budavári, via phone (0049-30-314-79-813) or via email (Andras.Budavari@tu-berlin.de). You can find further information about the project "Graduate Surveys" on the project homepage of INCHER-Kassel: www.uni-kassel.de/incher/absolventen/.

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