EUA Council for Doctoral Education

The Doctoral Debate

  • 29 Oct. 2018
    Are the ESG applicable to doctoral education? by Tia Loukkola The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in European Higher Education (ESG) are applicable to any quality assurance process in higher education, including doctoral education. However, one must focus on the spirit of each standard and adjust it to the specific context of doctoral education. Read more
  • 26 Sep. 2018
    The value of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions for research mobility and society by Lise Wogensen Bach Policy makers and university leaders across Europe are currently discussing the proposal for Horizon Europe – the 9th EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The level of engagement shows just how important the framework programme is for universities, as it will decide the future funding of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) and other programmes. In this context, this article reflects on the importance the MSCA International Training Networks (ITNs) have had on training the next generation of researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark. Read more
  • 22 Aug. 2018
    Doctoral education in South Africa: ambitions and challenges by Shireen Motala The South African government has expressed its ambition to substantially increase the number of doctoral graduates by 2030. Graduates will be prepared for a world that is more connected in both cultural and economic terms and contribute to the country’s economic development and global competitiveness. However, the current capacity of universities is insufficient to deliver on this ambition and should be expanded, while international mobility brings up questions related to brain drain. Read more
  • 23 Jul. 2018
    EUA-CDE in the World by Thomas Jørgensen
    Credits: EUA
    The EUA-CDE Annual Meeting in 2018 included perspectives from outside Europe. Speakers from Asia, Africa and North America presented our European community with the global dimension of doctoral education. Thomas Jørgensen looks back how EUA-CDE first started and subsequently developed its international engagement.
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  • 06 Jun. 2018
    Doctoral education matters for Europe more than ever before by Luke Georghiou It is at the apex of higher education, research and innovation, but issues around integrity and employability must be addressed for doctoral education to continue to thrive, says Luke Georghiou. Read more
  • 04 Jun. 2018
    Cross-border doctoral education at The European Campus by Janosch Nieden
    In the Upper Rhine region, the universities of Basel, Freiburg, Haute-Alsace and Strasbourg together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology are breaking new ground in cross-border cooperation. The trinational university grouping “Eucor – The European Campus”, opens doctoral candidates to a research landscape that goes beyond the potential of a single university.
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  • 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
    Credits: Kunst Bilder/ Shutterstock
    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
    Credits: Karen François
    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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