The 2019 EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop will focus on inter-institutional collaboration in doctoral education. Participants will reflect on how universities with different goals and levels of development can benefit from different forms of collaboration. This includes between universities, as well as other institutions doing research at the local, national and international level. The workshop will also address related challenges and will provide an occasion to identify new collaboration opportunities between EUA-CDE members.
Registrations for the Workshop will open in October 2018. If you wish to receive updates concerning the event, please do not hesitate to contact the EUA-CDE Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is my privilege as Rector of Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam to welcome you to our university. We are honoured to host the 2019 EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop, and to learn from and be inspired by our peers in our efforts to continuously improve our doctoral programmes.
Educating young students to become future leaders in their chosen fields, balancing disciplinary depth and broader relevance, is the main assignment universities are given by their constituencies. Doctoral candidates are a special case. They deliberately set out on an intensive and focused endeavour, in order to develop the skills to perform research.
The landscape for employment after earning a doctorate has changed significantly in the last decades. While an academic career was the traditional next step after a doctorate, the options have widened dramatically, and we nowadays witness that the majority of graduates do not pursue a career in academia. The fact is that the growth in the number of doctoral graduates is not matched by an equal growth in the number of academic jobs. But that is not the sole reason for this change. The academic, research, and analytical skills than one learns as a doctoral candidate qualifies one for a wide spectrum of roles. Graduates themselves and both for profit and not-for-profit organisations have discovered that doctorate holders are highly qualified and motivated staff that are an asset to every organisation.
Wherever their careers lead them, doctoral graduates often comprise the research and thinking capacity of their employing organisations. A special focus of our university is on designing projects with developing and emerging economies. The core of these projects is always the training of local doctoral candidates, as that has proven to be the best way to reach sustainable impact: building capacity!
The theme of the 2019 EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop is a highly topical one, inter-institutional cooperation in doctoral education. Knowledge knows no boundaries, and mobility is a key component of the research enterprise. Working together internationally and across the borders of disciplines is increasingly important. Considering the participating universities in EUA-CDE I am confident that important contributions to the furthering of international cooperation in doctoral education will come out of this workshop!
I wish you a fruitful and challenging workshop and a great stay at VU and in Amsterdam.
Prof. Vinod Subramaniam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: looking further
Ever since it was founded in 1880, VU Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU is an open organisation, strongly linked to people and society. What matters is not just the acquisition of a greater depth of knowledge, but also a wider one. We ask and expect our students, researchers, PhD candidates and employees to look further – to look further than their own interests and their own field, and further than what is familiar and further than the here and now.
With its excellent educational and research programmes, VU Amsterdam brings together talented individuals in a wide range of disciplines from many different countries and is a recognised research university with a centralised campus. Located in the southern business district, a multicultural and creative environment, the university is 15 minutes from the city centre by bike.
Photo © UVAmsterdam
The call for contributions to the 2019 EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop is now open for EUA-CDE members (please consult here if your institution is a member). For further information click here.
The deadline to submit contributions is 4 November 2018.
For any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Participation in the workshop is open to EUA-CDE members only. To become a member of the EUA-CDE, please click here.
The registration deadline is 7 January 2019.
We aim to ensure that all members who desire to attend the event can participate. However, in order to facilitate an interactive and in-depth discussion, as well as to guarantee a regional and institutional balance, we may have to restrict attendance. Priority will be given to those who register early. Additional registrations will not be accepted once the event is full, even if this occurs before the registration deadline.
EUA-CDE members: €290
Doctoral candidate*: €150
*to benefit from this fee, please contact the EUA Events Team, who will provide you with an “EUA Doctoral Candidate Certificate form”, which has to be signed and stamped by your institution’s secretariat.
The registration fee includes attendance at the workshop, all documentation, coffee breaks and lunches at the workshop, as well as the networking dinner.
Companions (spouse/partner only) must be registered in advance. The companion registration fee (€80) only includes admission to the networking dinner on Thursday 17 January. Name badges are required for admission and will be available for collection at the registration desk.
Registration will be confirmed by email. Please wait for your confirmation before making travel or accommodation arrangements. However, please note that your registration will only be completed and considered final once your payment is received by EUA. Payment has to be made upon registration either by bank transfer or credit card.
Cancellations must be sent in writing to EUA, either by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax: +32 2 230 57 51. Please bear in mind that once a participant registers for the workshop they are obliged to pay the workshop fee. If a cancellation is received on or before 17 December 2018, an administration charge of 20% of the registration fee remains due. Any refunds will be made after the workshop.
If a cancellation is received after 17 December 2018 and/or the participant fails to attend, the entire registration fee must be paid. Substitutes will be accepted at any time provided that EUA is informed of the change.
Neither EUA nor VU Amsterdam will be liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or objects, regardless of the cause. Participants and companions attend the workshop and all related events at their own risk and responsibility.
Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the EUA events team at: email@example.com
EUA Council for Doctoral Education
For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact:
Head of Council for Doctoral Education
Tel: +32 2 743 11 31
EUA Events Team
For enquiries regarding registrations, payments (debit notes), visa applications, and general coordination, please contact the EUA Events Team:
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44
Events & Marketing Officer
Tel: +32 2 230 55 44
Coordination at VU Amsterdam
For enquiries regarding accommodation and local information, please contact:
Consultant International PhD Recruitment
Workshop sessions on 17 & 18 January
Main building VU Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Workshop dinner on 17 January
Novotel Amsterdam city
1083 AD Amsterdam
A map with the location of the different venues, recommended hotels (see Accommodation tab) and main stations can be consulted here.
The workshop dinner will take place at Novotel Amsterdam City; a 4-star hotel in the heart of Amsterdam’s business district ‘de Zuidas’ , located along the A10 highway and within walking distance from the workshop venue.
Between 19:00 and 19:30 we will welcome guests with a pre-dinner cocktail in the foyer of the hotel’s Convention Center, followed by a seated dinner. -
Participants will have the opportunity to take a boat tour after the workshop on Friday and explore the beauty of Amsterdam. The tour costs 20 Euros and includes drinks.
The tour takes place in different intervals: 16h45, 17h00, 17h30, 17h45.
During the Amsterdam Light Festival the canals and artworks can be viewed from the comfort of a covered boat, whilst enjoying free warm and cold beverages. The knowledgeable host and captain will enlighten participants on all the ins and outs of Amsterdam and explain the artworks are viewed during the cruise.
Participants can indicate their interest in this tour in the online registration form. They will be contacted with further practical and payment instructions by VU Amsterdam. Kindly note that the tour will only take place in case of sufficient bookings.
For more information on how to get to the venue and practicalities for the Workshop, please consult both documents below:
©Novotel Amsterdam City
Please find below a list of nearby hotels recommended by VU Amsterdam. Please feel free to also check alternative accommodation as the connection to the train station Amsterdam Zuid and the university is very good.
Due to the popularity of Amsterdam as a destination, we advise participants to book their hotel rooms as soon as possible.
Please find here the map with the location of the Workshop venues and the hotels that are listed below.
Hotel Holiday Inn Express
Address: Zwaansvliet 20, Zuideramstel, 1081 AP Amsterdam
From 95 Euros for a double bed room with breakfast
Mathijs Vermeulenpad 1, Zuideramstel, 1077 XT Amsterdam
From 73 Euros for a double bedroom without breakfast
Arend Janszoon Ernststraat 577, Zuideramstel, 1082 LD Amsterdam
From 150 Euros for a studio with breakfast
Beethovenstraat 43, Oud-Zuid, 1077 HN Amsterdam
From 89 Euros for a twin room without breakfast
Hotel Novotel Amsterdam City
Europaboulevard 10, Zuideramstel, 1083 AD Amesterdão, Países Baixos
From 140 Euros for a double bedroom without breakfast
Hotel NH Amsterdam Zuid
Van Leijenberghlaan 221, Zuideramstel, 1082 GG Amsterdam
From 95 Euros without breakfast