20 February 2015, Capacity building – developing research for doctoral education, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
Good research is a prerequisite for doctoral education, and good doctoral education is a prerequisite for developing research capacity. But how do universities build research capacity and develop doctoral education at the same time? At a time when funding is more concentrated in institutions that already have good research, how do we ensure that all regions have sufficient research capacity? This one-day working group looked at good practices in capacity building in terms of governance, funding and collaborations for capacity building.
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20 March 2015, Ethics in doctoral education, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Ethics in research is important in its own right. However, as research becomes increasingly intertwined with the rest of society, universities and researchers are ever more accountable when it comes to issues such as medical experiments or protection of data– not to mention plagiarism. What standards should be set concerning ethics training in doctoral education, and how can universities ensure that these standards are upheld by their doctoral candidates? This one-day working group will explore the issue and present good practices.
18-19 June 2015, Common discussion: The Future of Doctoral Education – where do we go from here? EUA-CDE Annual Meeting, Technical University Munich, Germany
What lies ahead for European doctoral education? During the last 10-15 years, universities have been aligning doctoral education more and more with their institutional strategies, as well as establishing structures for professional management. Doctoral education has evolved from being centred almost exclusively on a supervisor-supervisee relationship to an activity for which institutions take far more responsibility.
The new challenges facing universities include digitalisation, open access, MOOCs, ethical dilemmas, competitive and performance-based funding and a greater need to demonstrate the impact of their research. With the discourse of the open economy, political stakeholders are giving more attention to research in general and to doctoral education in particular. The 8th Annual Meeting of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education will examine what these developments mean for the future of doctoral education. How should universities prepare their doctoral candidates to deal with issues concerning open access, research ethics and the societal impact of their work? And what role should doctoral education play in building research capacity?
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