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EUA Doctoral Week discusses internationalization, funding and quality of doctoral education

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The event was a unique opportunity to engage in dialogue with many different stakeholders and explore together the continuous development of doctoral education

The European University Association (EUA) celebrated its EUA Doctoral Week, entitled “Global Perspectives, Funding of Doctoral Education and Quality Assurance”, last 23-27 September in Stockholm (Sweden), gathering more than 260 participants from 51 countries. The Week was divided in three connected events with the objective to examine the three major EUA policy areas from the perspective of doctoral education: internationalization, funding, and quality management.

The first event, focusing on internationalization, was the Final Workshop of the CODOC (Cooperation on Doctoral Education) Project, which examines doctoral education through the perspective of a more balanced development in global knowledge and Europe’s role in it. The second event, centered on the issue of funding doctoral education, was the 5th Annual Meeting of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education’s (EUA-CDE). The last event was part of the Accountable Research Environments for Doctoral Education (ARDE) project, which examines European doctoral programs to gather information about existing structures, good practice and areas of concern in enhancing quality in doctoral education.

The discussions at the Week exposed that universities, at different levels, are implementing quality management systems, although they are also simultaneously being subject to different and often uncoordinated evaluations by external funders, research evaluations, and national quality assurance agencies.

For more information, and to view the presentations from the EUA Doctoral Week, follow this link.

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