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Outcomes of Bologna Seminar "Doctoral Programmes in Europe", 7-9 December, Nice, France

15 December 2006

The seminar brought together over 250 participants to debate the key aspects of doctoral programmes in wide international forum of experts and practitioners.

Organised by EUA and the French Ministry of Education and Research and hosted by the University of Nice, this seminar brought together over 250 participants to debate the key aspects of doctoral programmes in wide international forum of experts and practitioners. The high level of interest in the event and the issue of doctoral education reflects the ongoing work on restructuring and reviewing programmes taking place in Europe’s universities.

Sessions sought to address the current issues and debates on doctoral programmes, analyse the current state of doctoral programmes, identify main trends, strengths and weakness, and raise awareness of the development of programmes. Presentations and Work Group summaries are now available on the EUA website.

For EUA this event was the climax of work on this subject since 2004. This work was acknowledged by the Education Ministers of the Bologna signatory countries who gave the Association a mandate (at their meeting in Bergen, Norway, May 2005) to prepare a report on doctoral programmes for the next Bologna meeting to be held in London, UK, May 2007.

Participants’ contributions in Nice fed into this process with the draft recommendations, presented by General Rapporteur Prof Eric Froment, incorporated the Work Group outcomes together with other input from events and discussions which have taken place over the last 2 years. These recommendations will be further developed in line with comments from participants sent following the Seminar and the finalised recommendations will be published next week on the EUA website.

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