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.

 

Projects

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

    2015-2018

    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

  • Development of the Internationalization of PhD Studies in South-Africa (Yebo!)

    2017-2020

    The Yebo! project is focused on developing the internationalisation of doctoral education in South African universities, notably developing a web-based portal and organising thematic conferences and training sessions. The project builds on the framework for international doctoral education developed in the FRINDOC project.

  • Doctoral Education: The shape of things to come

    2014-2015

    Through a series of structured consultations, EUA-CDE engaged European universities in identifying the most important policy topics for doctoral education in the next decade. These consultations resulted in Taking Salzburg Forward Taking Salzburg Forward, which currently serves as the framework for our work.

  • Accountable Research Environments for Doctoral Education (ARDE)

    2010-2012

    The ARDE project explored how quality assurance for doctoral education has been implemented in European universities, notably describing the developments in this field, outlining recommendations and underlining the differences between quality assurance for doctoral education, and quality assurance for the first and second cycle of higher education. The final publication is available here.

  • EUA Doctoral Programmes Projects

    2004-2007

    Responding to a growing interest in doctoral education and research training in Europe after the turn of the century, EUA launched this project to provide its members with a broad overview of the existing landscape of doctoral programmes in Europe. This project led to the establishment of EUA-CDE in 2008. The final publications of this project are available here and here.

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

    2015-2018

    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

  • Framework for the Internationalisation of Doctoral Education (FRINDOC)

    2012-2015

    The FRINDOC project developed tools to facilitate the internationalisation of doctoral education at institutional level, notably providing a framework for universities to define and implement strategies as well as an online tool for self-evaluation. The final publication of the project is available here.

  • Cooperation on Doctoral Education between Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe (CODOC)

    2010-2012

    The CODOC project engaged partners in four different regions of the world, resulting in an initiative that examined the changing global cooperation landscape in higher education and research by highlighting the main areas of convergence across these regions. The final publication of the CODOC project is available here.

  • Development of the Internationalization of PhD Studies in South-Africa (Yebo!)

    2017-2020

    The Yebo! project is focused on developing the internationalisation of doctoral education in South African universities, notably developing a web-based portal and organising thematic conferences and training sessions. The project builds on the framework for international doctoral education developed in the FRINDOC project.

  • Promoting Collaborative Doctoral Education for Enhanced Career Opportunities (DOC-CAREERS II)

    2010-2012

    The DOC-CAREERS II project looked at how universities work with their business and other non-university partners in establishing and taking forward research projects in the framework of doctoral education. DOC-CAREERS II was implemented by the EUA Research & Innovation unit. The final publication of the DOC-CAREERS II project is available here.

  • Collaborative Doctoral Education (DOC-CAREERS)

    2006-2009

    The DOC-CAREERS project examined a range of collaborative doctoral programmes across Europe, which were conducted jointly by universities and industry/business partners. It encouraged discussion on different approaches to collaborative doctoral education and highlighted good practices, common problems and some solutions for solving them. DOC-CAREERS was implemented by the EUA Research & Innovation unit. The final publication of the DOC-CAREERS project is available here.