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New policy initiative - Doctoral Education: The Shape of Things To Come

19 September 2014

EUA’s Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is to prepare a new policy initiative designed to set the agenda for doctoral education in the next decade.

Since the publication of EUA’s Salzburg Principles in 2005 and the Salzburg Recommendations in 2010, European universities have developed a common vision for developing institutional structures for doctoral education, mostly through doctoral schools. However, new challenges are certainly on the horizon for doctoral education, and they need to be identified and discussed.

Whereas the work of EUA-CDE has previously focused largely on the setting-up of doctoral schools, the new challenges are likely to be broader and more intertwined with the general trends in research, learning and outreach.

This is logical, as doctoral education is now much more integrated in the institutional framework of universities than it was 10 years ago, when the Salzburg Principles were drafted. The Salzburg Principles are still valid, but other issues are appearing and which need to be addressed.

Therefore, EUA-CDE will organise in late 2014 and in 2015 a number of events where its members can discuss a series of key issues such as open science and open education, regional outreach, research ethics and capacity building for doctoral education.

The consultations will culminate at the EUA-CDE Annual Meeting to be held at the Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany, in June 2015. This process will be an opportunity to share information, opinions and best practices as well as an occasion for universities to make their voice heard.

In 2016, EUA-CDE plans to present the results of the consultations as a common doctoral education policy statement “on the shape of things to come”.

EUA-CDE members will shortly receive more information and invitations to participate in these events by email.

More information on how to become an EUA-CDE member is available here.

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