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11th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting

Excellence through Diversity: Doctoral education in a globalised world

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of EUA-CDE, the Meeting highlights diversity as an enduring characteristic and strength of doctoral education in Europe.
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Hosted by University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

7 - 8 June 2018

  • Doctoral education across Europe reflects the diversity of European higher education and research systems and the changes that have taken place in the doctoral education landscape over the last decade. These include higher participation rates, continued internationalisation, the organisational variety of doctoral programmes and diverse backgrounds of doctoral candidates. This landscape offers opportunities for enhancing mutual learning and collaboration.

    The Meeting will focus on diversity in doctoral education. Academic leaders, doctoral education professionals and other stakeholders will gather to consider how different dimensions of diversity contribute to the success of doctoral education in an increasingly globalised environment. This includes institutional diversity, as well as the diverse backgrounds of today’s doctoral candidates and also access to doctoral education.

    One key element of our meeting will be the presentation and discussion of the results of a comprehensive study on the organisation of doctoral education in Europe. The study will provide key information on the status of doctoral education in Europe and feed into the work of EUA-CDE in the coming years. Given the growing importance of internationalisation in doctoral education, the programme will also include perspectives from outside Europe.

    EUA-CDE Annual Meetings have become the largest and most comprehensive gatherings of academic leaders, doctoral education professionals and other stakeholders working on doctoral education and research training in Europe. They are open to everyone with an interest in this field.

    Registrations are open under the “Registration/contact” tab on this webpage. The deadline for registrations is 23 May 2018.

    Please find here an introductory video of the University of Ljubljana. 

    Photo © Matej-Kastelic,Mostphotos

  • About the host

    University of Ljubljana

    The University of Ljubljana (UL) was established in 1919 on the foundations of Kongresni-trg-D.Wedama deeply-rooted pedagogical tradition. It is a very large university, with more than 40 000 students, enrolled in 300 different undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes. It employs approximately 6 000 higher education teachers, researchers, assistants and administrative staff in 23 faculties and three arts academies. The central building, all three academies and faculties are located in the city centre. Some of the most recent and modern buildings were constructed on the outskirts of Ljubljana, giving the university and its students a ubiquitous presence in the city.

    The University of Ljubljana is renowned for its quality social and natural sciences and technical study programmes, structured in accordance with the Bologna Declaration. Our projects keep pace with the latest developments in the areas of arts, sciences and technology at home and abroad.

    The University of Ljubljana is the central and largest educational institution in Slovenia. It is also the central and largest research institution in the country with approximately 30% of all registered researchers (according to data from SICRIS – the Slovenian Current Research Information System).

    The University holds a central pedagogical position by performing public services in areas of special social importance which ensure the preservation of the national identity.

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    Prešernov-trg-D.WedamBoth residents and visitors perceive Ljubljana as a city made on a human scale. Ljubljana is classified as a mid-sized European city, but it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere while providing all the facilities of a modern capital. It is a unique city dotted with picturesque places where you can expect all kinds of nice little surprises. 

    During the winter, its dreamy central European character prevails, and during the summer one can enjoy its relaxed Mediterranean feel. Ljubljana is a city that will surprise you and exceed your expectations. It is small by surface area, but huge in terms of hospitality and quality of life.

    The history of the earliest inhabitants in the territory of Ljubljana goes back 6 000 years. Emona - a Roman colony dating back to 14 A.D. - is considered the foundation of today’s city. Medieval Ljubljana, on the other hand, developed at the foot of Castle Hill, spreading alongside the banks of the Ljubljanica River in the area that is known today as the Old Town.

    The historic growth of Ljubljana can be traced through preserved elements of medieval, Baroque, Art Nouveau and modern architecture. The latest touch was bestowed by Jože Plečnik, a native of the city, who developed unique architectural projects and landmarks, and reshaped the urban fabric of Ljubljana by connecting all of its styles. Ljubljana, the nation’s cultural, urban and university centre, is the biggest city in Slovenia and lies in its very heart.

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    More photos of the 11th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting are available here.

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