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2nd EUA-CDE Annual meeting: Consolidating Reforms in Doctoral Education in Europe (4-5 June)

16 June 2009

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) held its second annual meeting at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland from 4-5 June.

It was announced that the CDE membership had now reached a total of 150 institutions since its launch a year ago. CDE Steering Committee Chairman Jean Chambaz (University Pierre and Marie Curie) saw this as a clear demonstration of the need and importance of such a forum for the exchange of good practice, mutual learning and cooperation in advancing doctoral education in Europe. More than 200 participants attended the event – mainly Vice-Rectors, Heads of Doctoral programmes and others directly involved with the daily running of doctoral programmes as well as other stakeholders – to discuss the future development of European doctoral education and implementation of reforms.

The focus of the conference was on six intensive parallel working group sessions addressing key components of doctoral education which established the future priorities for CDE members working together in further activities:  supervision in structured programmes; research career development; internationalisation; research assessment and doctoral education; data collection on doctoral programmes; the role of networks and clusters of universities in doctoral education.

Plenary sessions tackled European doctoral education in the global context with presentations by Alexandre Quintanilha (University of Porto, Portugal) and Barbara Evans (University of Columbia, Canada) which generated a substantial debate on mobility of doctoral candidates and international cooperation within doctoral programmes. Stakeholder perspectives were provided in a plenary session where John Wood (Imperial College London/Chairman of the European Research Area Board, ERAB) challenged university doctoral programmes to consider the implications of the European Research Area policy goals, and Gonzalo Hennequet (Research and Advanced Engineering Division, Renault, France) who highlighted his company’s commitment to university-industry collaboration in doctoral programmes through the CIFRE programme in France and the opportunities that it provided for doctoral candidates and university and industry partners.

The CDE event also provided the occasion for a special session at which Lidia Borrell-Damian (EUA) presented results of a new EUA study which has explored the relations between doctoral programmes and the career development and employability prospects for doctoral candidates – the EUA DOC-CAREERS project (see article below).

Session presentations and outcomes will be available on this page. Find out more about the EUA-CDE.

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