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  1. habilitation(Noun)

    Equipment; qualification.

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  1. Habilitation(noun)

    equipment; qualification

  2. Origin: [LL. habilitatio: cf. F. habilitation.]


  1. Habilitation

    Habilitation is the highest academic qualification a scholar can achieve by his or her own pursuit in many countries in Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. Earned after obtaining a research doctorate, such as a PhD, habilitation requires that the candidate write a professorial thesis based on independent scholarship, reviewed by and defended before an academic committee in a process similar to that of the doctoral dissertation. However, the level of scholarship has to be considerably higher than that required for a research doctoral thesis in terms of quality and quantity, and must be accomplished independently, in contrast with a PhD dissertation typically directed or guided by a faculty supervisor. In the sciences, publication of numerous research articles is required during the habilitation period of about 4 to 10 years. In the humanities, a major book publication may be a prerequisite for defense. The teaching ability of the habilitation candidate is usually also evaluated. Whereas the PhD is sufficient qualification for a full university faculty position in many other countries, where in use, only the habilitation qualifies the holder to independently supervise doctoral candidates.

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