EUA Council for Doctoral Education

The Doctoral Debate

  • 02 May. 2018
    Further developing doctoral supervision training in Europe by Joan J. Carvajal, María Ercilia García, Mar Reguero and Mireia Valverde Doctoral supervision plays a central role in preparing doctoral candidates to contribute to research and society. However, training and support for supervisors too often remain at a basic level. This article makes the case for the full integration of doctoral supervision training into the strategy of universities, providing supervisors with the support they need to prepare early-stage researchers for a fast-moving world. Read more
  • 28 Mar. 2018
    Protecting both whistle blowers and the scientists they accuse by Sven Hendrix
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    There is increasing awareness that not only whistle blowers, but the scientists they accuse of breaching research integrity, are vulnerable and deserve to be protected. Cases can be stressful and confusing as the accused usually do not receive institutional support. A system of independent ombudspersons is therefore necessary to complement the investigating commission to guarantee proper information, confidentiality and trust.
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  • 28 Mar. 2018
    Reforming Finnish doctoral education in light of European developments by Jussi Kivistö The latest reforms in Finnish doctoral education have been based on universities’ own initiatives rather than regulations of the state. The role of the European University Association and its Council for Doctoral Education in promoting the development of doctoral education has been a significant force providing input for the Finnish reforms, proving that autonomous universities can quickly take up European trends when developing doctoral education. Read more
  • 28 Mar. 2018
    Inter-university collaboration: the case of FLAMES by Karen François
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    FLAMES is an inter-university doctoral training network involving all five Flemish universities. It provides a structural, accessible, broad and high-quality course offer for young researchers needing methodological and statistical insight and skills. By taking advantage of complementary expertise, it builds synergies and turns competition into collaboration to optimise training for a future generation of researchers.
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  • 28 Mar. 2018
    Presenting “The Doctoral Debate”: commentary and analysis on trends in doctoral education by Alexander Hasgall
    As EUA-CDE marks its 10th anniversary, we are pleased to offer a new forum for exchange. Doctoral education professionals, experts and academic leaders are invited to share their diverse perspectives and experiences in our rapidly-evolving field.
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