On 6-7 June the fourth DOC-CAREERS II Workshop took place at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.
Sessions in the EUA-NTNU workshop presented outstanding examples of collaborative doctoral projects and programmes in engineering, life sciences and project management with a strong representation from the industry sector. NTNU examples covered collaborations at doctoral level with SINTEF and with large and small companies including contributions and perspectives from doctoral candidates and holders who became involved in their doctoral thesis after a few years of professional experience outside the university. University College London, UK, presented the CoMPLEX initiative, a research centre fostering interdisciplinary approaches in the life sciences which also involved UK charities interested in building skill capacities in the health sector. Presentations included the views of the three main stakeholders in the process: thesis supervisors, doctoral candidates and their partner companies.
The workshop gathered 49 experts (50% from Norway, 50% from the rest of Europe) from universities, businesses (both large and small) and other relevant organisations including EIRMA, EURODOC, the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions and the Association of Norwegian Research Institutes. The presence and active participation of persons from all these sectors enriched the dialogue on the advantages and challenges of collaborative doctoral programmes. (View the presentations from the fourth workshop here).
Rector Torbjørn Digernes highlighted the close collaboration of NTNU with industry partners and with SINTEF and the impact that these have on the development of new businesses in the region. Pro-Rector Johan E. Hustad gave an overview of the NTNU policy on intellectual property rights and Pro-Rector Kari Melby explained how NTNU’s approaches in doctoral education were deeply embedded in the institutional strategy.
The fifth and last of the DOC-CAREERS II project workshops will be held at the University of Camerino, Italy, on 10-11 October 2011. The Final Conference of the project, which will present project outcomes and recommendations for policy makers, will be held in Brussels in January 2012.
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