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EUA Council for Doctoral Education

The mission of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is to contribute to the development, advancement and improvement of doctoral education and research training in Europe.

EUA-CDE was established in 2008. It creates a strong voice for European universities on doctoral education both inside Europe and internationally and contributes to enhancing the visibility of doctoral/graduate/research schools and programmes.

It builds on the outcomes of EUA’s policy and project work on doctoral education and research careers, and seeks to respond to growing demand from members for a more structured supporting framework and additional opportunities to promote cooperation and exchange of good practice on issues of common concern related to the organisation and quality of doctoral education in universities across Europe.


The EUA-CDE is an integral part of EUA.

Its activities are managed independently through a Steering Committee (SC). The members of the SC are formally appointed by the EUA Board and a member of the EUA Board serves as an ex officio member of the Steering Committee. The Chair of the Steering Committee works closely with the EUA Secretariat in managing the day to day affairs of the Council.

Call for Host EUA-CDE events in 2018

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is currently looking for EUA-CDE member institutions to host the 11th EUA-CDE Workshop in January 2018 and the 11th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting in June 2018. The respective Call documents, including further information on the criteria and the application process, can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:


  • To enhance the quality of doctoral education in European universities by fostering debate and promoting the exchange and dissemination of good practice
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    To encourage and support the development of institutional policies and strategies as well as the introduction of effective leadership and management practices
  • To improve the availability of data and information on doctoral education in European universities
  • To identify and monitor emerging trends in doctoral education inside and outside Europe
  • To act as a representative voice of European universities in the dialogue with other stakeholders on the issues of doctoral education
  • To contribute to strengthening the international dimension of doctoral programmes and research training through improved cooperation among its members and in particular by establishing dialogue with partner organisations in other world regions
  • To build and develop a strong link between education and research policies and strategies within Europe
  • To promote the doctorate and doctorate holders as careers upon which to build a knowledge-based society

Please note:

EUA-CDE does not fund or provide doctoral education.

Click here to download the EUA-CDE leaflet.


    CDE – EUA-Council for Doctoral Education
   114, Rue du Rhône, Case postale 3174
   1211 Geneva 3, Switzerland

European University Association (EUA)

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