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Mobility and Collaboration in Doctoral Education - international and inter-sectoral

20-21 January 2011, hosted by Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) , Hungary


The mobility of early stage researchers is increasingly important for universities. International mobility and collaboration with other institutions strengthen the profile of doctoral programmes and increase institutional research capacity. Collaboration with other sectors, such as industry, promotes a series of features such as innovation, entrepreneurship, social responsibility and diversified funding, all issues high on the priority list of universities and their doctoral schools.

At the national and European level, mobility is seen as a cornerstone of the development of the knowledge society. Both in the European Higher Education Area of the Bologna Process as well as in the European Research Area, very ambitious targets have been set for increases in international mobility. On top of this comes the growing focus on innovation and with it attention to inter-sectoral mobility between research and higher education institutions and private companies.

However, mobility at the doctoral stage requires special strategies developed for research. Doctoral education is highly individual and linked to the particular trajectory of research. For this reason, the instruments for mobility in doctoral education are different from the ones that we know from the first and second cycle. They are not part of a collective and cumulative learning experience, but take place as part of an individual research project. Moreover, the skills and outcomes related to mobility are part of the highly individualised professional profiles that early stage researchers are developing.

The questions that this workshop seeks to answer are:

  • How can institutions develop mobility opportunities and instruments to accommodate these needs?
  • What are the different priorities that individuals and institutions have for engaging in mobility?
  • What are the common benefits and what are the obstacles and problems?


The workshop will be aimed at strategic institutional leaders in doctoral education such as vice rectors and heads of doctoral schools as well as co-ordinators of joint programmes and supervisors of mobile doctoral candidates.

Hosted by:

European University Association (EUA)

Brussels office:
Avenue de l’Yser, 24
1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44

Geneva office:
114, Rue du Rhône
Case postale 3174
1211 Geneva 3
Tel: +41 22 552 02 96