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Rovira i Virgili University

9th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting

Doctoral Education: a dilemma of quality and quantity?

The Annual Meeting of EUA-CDE is the largest and most comprehensive event dedicated to European doctoral education. It is an opportunity for all stakeholders in doctoral education from Europe and beyond to meet and exchange ideas and practices as well as stay informed on the latest trends.

Hosted by Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain

16 - 17 June 2016

  • What is good doctoral education and what is it good for? These questions are being asked by all stakeholders, in the European institutions, national governments, by university leadership, and in individual research groups.

    The number of doctoral candidates and graduations rose steeply in the past decade, partly due to national policies, but also due to an overall high level of investment in research and development. The higher numbers of doctoral candidates have been a challenge in itself for universities. Moreover, societies are becoming increasingly complex; culturally, economically, and socially. There is still a need for persons trained through research to produce new knowledge and this need makes doctoral education more than relevant today. But is the quality of provision adequate, and are the graduates well prepared for the diverse careers, opportunities, and challenges that await them?

    The conference will look the how universities are ensuring the quality and relevance of doctoral education today, and what it will take to continue ensuring it in the future.

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  • About Rovira i Virgili University

    The Rovira i Virgili University (URV) was created in 1991 by the Parliament of Catalonia from the already existing university faculties and schools. In this way the Tarragona University of the 16th century was restored. From the very first day its aim has been very clear: to place knowledge at the service of society so as to contribute to the social and economic development of its environment, which has gradually transformed over time.
    Social and cultural changes have opened the doors to a new framework in which our students and future workers are obliged to interact in Europe. At the URV we train professionals under the precepts of European harmonisation, a key factor for opening the doors to a world of work without frontiers. And we do so by providing a full range of educational possibilities with more than 40 undergraduate courses and 50 master's degrees (many of which are interuniversity), an extensive doctoral programme and a flexible lifelong learning programme so that professionals can constantly update their knowledge and improve their skills. Altogether, our courses are being enjoyed by over 15,000 students.

    About Tarragona

    catedralLocated on the Mediterranean coast, Tarragona is Catalonia’s southernmost capital city, less than 100 kilometres south from Barcelona. Its location and climate make Tarragona an exceptional destination to combine innovation, culture, tourism and entertainment with any type of event in a modern urban setting.

    From 27 to 25 BC, Tarragona was the home of the Emperor Augustus, and the city has inherited much from its past. The declaration of its archaeological Roman ruins, with monuments, like the Amphitheatre and the Circus, as UNESCO World Heritage is proof of this legacy and the importance of the city.

    Well-connected to Europe and the rest of the Iberian peninsula, it offers easy access to two airports: the first in Reus, just 7 kilometres away, and the second in Barcelona, 82 kilometres away. It also has direct rail links to all major Spanish and European capitals. 

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