Preparing doctoral education for a post-pandemic world

The 2021 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting took place online on 13-15 September.

Through plenary and focus group sessions of various formats, including audience participation, this conference provided an opportunity for EUA-CDE members to come together and exchange ideas and good practices from their institutions.

This year's Annual Meeting was about building the future of doctoral education. Over the course of three days, the EUA-CDE community came together to address the key challenges facing doctoral education in the fallout of the Covid-19 crisis. Guest speakers and participants discussed topics such as collaboration in doctoral education, the skills needs and development of doctoral candidates, the importance of academic freedom and the impact of the pandemic on doctoral education globally. Another important element was the first public presentation and discussion of key results of the 2021 EUA-CDE survey on current developments in doctoral education. Participants had the opportunity to learn the results and to discuss them with peers through virtual focus groups. The results of these group-discussions will be included in the final report.

The 2021 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting was also more global than ever: sessions with participants from five continents point to the global dimension of doctoral education and the need to work together on the doctoral education of the future.

Among the novelties of this year’s Annual Meeting, was the use of an event platform that provided participants with opportunities for networking, also outside the formal programme, and will facilitate audience interaction. 

Participation was free of charge to representatives from all 265 EUA-CDE member universities

This event was of interest to anyone with responsibilities and interest in doctoral education at the institutional, faculty or discipline-specific level, including academic leaders, doctoral education professionals, postdoctoral researchers and doctoral candidates.

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Watch the recordings of the session on EUA’s Youtube channel. 

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