EUA Council for Doctoral Education

What we do

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) contributes to the development of doctoral education and research training in Europe. This is done through an annual programme of activities and events promoting collaboration and exchange of good practices among members as well as specific projects and policy initiatives.

Policy topics

Our activities currently focus on policy topics drawn from Taking Salzburg Forward, a document highlighting the main challenges for doctoral education in Europe in the next decade. To learn more about the latest activities and events on these topics, please click here.

  • Developing an ethos of research integrity

    Research integrity and research ethics are important areas for action within institutions. There is increased social awareness about ethics and integrity in research and new techniques raise new ethical questions. Universities must build this consideration into their doctoral education policies.

  • Tackling the digital challenge

    Society in general and universities in particular are facing the challenges of digitalisation. Big data, open research – including the use of social media – and online learning offer new opportunities for doctoral candidates and researchers. Universities must develop coherent policies and infrastructures for online sharing and learning in doctoral education that can be used in a coherent and responsible manner across the institution.

  • Embracing the globalisation of research

    Research is increasingly global and universities have become more globalised in parallel. Being globally active and identifiable is a strategic priority for academic leadership and doctoral education is an important component of this strategy.

  • Engaging with society

    Doctoral education has great potential as a link between universities and society. Early-stage researchers and doctoral candidates enjoy mobility between different sectors, finding themselves in public institutions, non-governmental organisations and private companies during their research. After graduation, the vast majority of early-stage researchers and doctoral candidates find employment in non-academic jobs and take knowledge about universities and the academic culture with them to their new working environments.



Database of publications coming soon.



  • Modernisation of Institutional Management of Innovation and Research in South Neighbouring Countries (MIMIr)


    The MIMIr project aims to develop capacity for innovation and research management in the Arab world, notably by engaging European, Moroccan and Jordanian partner universities in a structured dialogue on the transfer and implementation of European good practices. To learn more about the MIMIr project, click here.