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8th EUA-CDE Workshop

Universities have the potential to play a key part in developing their regions, and many of them already do. Universities ensure local employers have a pool of candidates with the right skills and make sure that knowledge is circulated between universities, private companies and the public sector.

Hosted by University Aix-Marseille, Marseille , France

22 - 23 January 2015

  • Doctoral education combines these elements of human resources development and knowledge transfer. Doctorate holders sustain or further develop research capacity within universities as researchers, but also in a number of other positions outside academia. Moreover, the research carried out by doctoral candidates can often directly benefit regional development. They work in collaboration with local industries, they provide knowledge to regional authorities and they add to the research expertise and capacity of the region. This close connection between doctoral education and the regions has gained importance as EU structural funds have become directed towards projects in research and innovation.

    How do universities manage their regional role? What initiatives do they take, and how do they establish a continuous dialogue with their regional authorities? These are the questions that the 8th Thematic Workshop of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education will attempt to answer in Marseille 22-23 January 2015. The workshop will present in-depth examples and good practices in regional engagement for inspiration and for discussion.


    The workshop is aimed at vice-rectors, deans, heads of doctoral schools and research staff responsible for doctoral programmes. The workshop is only open to EUA-CDE member institutions.

  • About the host

    A university that combines local engagement and international ambition
    Aix-Marseille University opened on 1 January 2012, replacing the University of Provence, University of the Mediterranean and Paul Cézanne University. Today, as well as being one of the youngest universities in France, it is also the largest in terms of its student body, its faculty and staff, and its budget in the whole of the French-speaking world. These factors, combined with the remarkable results already achieved in teaching and research, make Aix-Marseille University a top class higher education and research institution.

    Aix-Marseille University at a glance
    Aix-Marseille University has nearly 71,000 students including 10,000 international students, 7,680 faculty and staff members, 12 doctoral schools and nearly 3,650 doctoral candidates. Aix-Marseille University is home to 130 research facilities – 117 research units and 13 federative research structures – linked to France’s biggest research institutions (CNRS, INSERM, IRD, INRA, CEA).Students are spread over 5 main campuses: Aix-en-Provence, Marseille-Etoile, Marseille-Central, Marseille-Timone, Marseille-Luminy, with additional locations in Gap, Digne, Arles, Aubagne, la Ciotat, Salon de Provence, Avignon, and Lambesc.
    A research-intensive university
    Research at Aix-Marseille was described as high quality by the Academic Advisory Council as early as 2006. Now, an improved, clearer structure for its 132 research facilities (118 research units & 14 federative structures) ensures conditions favourable to more in-depth exchange between disciplines – a major font of knowledge creation. Technology transfer is managed by the PACA-Corse Technology Transfer Acceleration Company (Société d’Accélération du Transfert de Technologies or SATT), whose shareholders are the universities of the PACA region, the University of Corsica, CNRS, Inserm, and the Ecole Centrale de Marseille.

    An established international profile
    In the latest International Shanghai rankings, published 14 August 14 2012, Aix-Marseille University was positioned among the top 150 universities in the world and among the top 4-6 French universities. Developing countries are a special focus for partnerships. Efforts in favour of these regions will continue, in parallel with the pursuit of a strengthened international relations policy towards the world’s largest universities.

    About Marseille

    Marseille_Copyright-Ville de Marseille1Marseille is a city full of art and culture and has many wonders to share with you. Founded 2600 years ago, the oldest and second largest city in France combines the richness of a unique heritage, an intense cultural life, and an exceptional location. Marseille is a sparkling cocktail of complementary flavours: trendy bars and fisherman’s haunts, haute cuisine and ethnic markets, rocky shores and sandy beaches.

    Some facts and figures : 

    • Status : Capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region
    • Area of the city : 241 km2 of which 100 km2 of natural area
    • Population: approximately 860 363 inhabitants

    © Photo Ville de Marseille

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