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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 55

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The future of European doctoral education

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 giugno 2010

The development of a European knowledge society is likely to drive demand in all sectors of workforce for PhD (doctorate) holders with  the ‘creative and intellectual skills’ to work in a wide variety of roles – going well beyond research and development. More than 200 stakeholders meeting last weekend (4-5 June) at the Freie Universität Berlin for the Annual Meeting of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education, came together to discuss how universities should develop strong research-based doctoral programmes. Looking to the future, EUA Board member Giuseppe Silvestri told the audience that as providers of doctoral education universities must take responsibility for the changes and reforms in the coming years. In particular, he underlined “they must ensure that research environments (within universities) have the necessary critical mass” to be successful, and that administrative structures in place “create transparency and support the professional development of doctoral candidates”.
University leaders were also encouraged to promote risk-taking in the recruitment of doctoral candidates – by focussing more on the research potential of the candidate rather than his past academic record.There was also a lively discussion on the development of specific Quality Assurance systems that would be more suitable for doctoral education. There was a general consensus that such quality systems should use peer-review systems to improve the delivery of European doctoral education.

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