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8th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting

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.
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Technische Universität München/TUM Graduate School, Munich, Germany

18 - 19 June 2015

  • 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? 

    The Annual Meeting of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education is the largest gathering of all stakeholders in the field of doctoral education in Europe. It provides opportunities for open discussions of the challenges and opportunities facing colleagues from all over Europe and beyond. 
    The discussions from this year’s Annual Meeting will feed into EUA-CDE’s new policy initiative concerning doctoral education, which is entitled Doctoral Education: The Shape of Things to Come.


    The conference aims specifically at opening discussions between different stakeholders such as university leaders, researchers, political decision-makers, funding organisations, quality assurance agencies and all others interested in the development of doctoral education.

  • About the host

    TUM_Main Entrance_copyright Uli Benz  TUMThe Technische Universität München (TUM) is one of Europe’s top universities. Founded in 1868, TUM’s mission was to provide the state of Bavaria with a centre of learning dedicated to the natural sciences. The university played a vital role in Bavaria’s transition from an agricultural to an industrial state – and accelerated the pace of technological advancement in general across Europe. Today, TUM scientists have the same goal as their 19th century counterparts: finding solutions to tomorrow’s challenges. 

    In doing so, TUM is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world and orients itself scientifically, structurally, and organisationally according to the best international standards. Through its worldwide network and international alliances with leading teaching and research institutions, TUM continually succeeds in achieving international benchmarks. In 2006, TUM was one of the first universities in Germany to be named a University of Excellence.

    Based on the understanding that scientific advancements cannot stand apart from society as a whole, the Munich Center for Science in Technology (MCTS) was founded in 2014. With the goal of integrating scientific innovation into social structures and processes, MCTS and the newly incorporated Hochschule für Politik represent a crucial link to promoting dialogue between the university and the community at large. TUM’s strong focus on "internationality" as the link binding Germany to the world has helped the university to use science and technology as a tool to foster better understanding between nations.  

    Founded in 2009, the TUM Graduate School is the successful continuation and logical development of the International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE). Today the TUM Graduate School proudly offers a comprehensive transferable skills programme along with other important member services to more than 3,500 doctoral candidates. In doing so, the TUM Graduate School provides its doctoral candidates with valuable preparation for leading positions in science, industry and society as a whole.

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    About Munich

    Muenchner Panorama_copyright R. Sterflinger Tourismusamt MünchenWith a population of 1.5 million, Munich is Germany’s third largest city and the capital of Bavaria.  Grounded in a long and rich tradition, Munich of today is one of the fastest growing and most affluent cities in Germany. It is a hub for innovation and commerce and home to approximately 22,000 high-tech companies in the fields of electronics, telecommunications and aviation and aerospace, as well as electrical, mechanical and automotive engineering. The countless advantages of this bustling and vibrant metropolis have resulted in one of the most densely populated metropolitan areas in Germany.

    Yet in spite of its recent growth, Munich is often said to have a small town feel. The residence city of Bavaria’s former monarchy provides tourists and residents alike with a host of world-class cultural destinations. From famous museums and galleries, such as the Deutsches Museum and Pinakotheken, to the Glockenspiel on Marienplatz, the charming old town centre and the Englischer Garten - one of the largest urban parks in the world – there is something for everyone in the Bavarian capital. 

    The city’s friendly locals and mild climate along with its famous beer gardens and the lush green parks provide a unique and relaxed atmosphere. With so much going for it, it’s no wonder that Munich is consistently ranked among the world’s most livable cities. 

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