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EUA Newsletter 17   7 October 2011

First CODOC workshop explores strategic doctoral education collaboration in an increasingly global landscape  

Bringing together 51 institutional leaders in doctoral/graduate studies from four regions of the world, the first workshop of the EUA-led CODOC project (Cooperation on Doctoral Education between Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe) was launched last week in Bangkok, Thailand, (25-27 September).


Photo: ASEAN University NetworkHosted by the ASEAN University Network (AUN) and Chulalongkorn University, the event was the first in a series of three workshops, each taking place in a different region (Latin America, Southern Africa, Asia) and tackling both regionally and globally relevant topics in doctoral education development. The event focused on the strategic value of doctoral education collaborations with a wide range of international partners, highlighting the impact on the university research agenda.


Participants discussed case studies from Asian, Latin American, Southern African and European universities, as well as the extent to which collaboration agendas are driven top-down (influenced by government and donors) and/or bottom-up (driven by university and faculty interest). The workshop also examined the extent to which collaboration addresses global imbalances in knowledge development, and the role of capacity building in both ‘North-South’ and ‘South-South’ paradigms. In this context, participants stressed the importance of finding compatible agendas between institutions to create mutually beneficial partnerships.


The preliminary results of a survey on doctoral education trends in Southern Africa, Asia and Latin America were also presented, which revealed the strikingly small number of ‘South-South’ partnerships across regions currently in place. For the AUN, opening partnership possibilities with new regions, as well as building and diversifying European partnerships, was identified as a primary aim in the project.


A workshop outcome report and proceedings will be posted at The second CODOC workshop will take place in South Africa in March 2012.


CODOC is co-funded by the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Commission and managed by a consortium of EUA, SARUA, AUN, OUI-IOHE, OBREAL, the Karolinska Institute and the University of Bonn ZEF.


Photo: ASEAN University Network

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