Doctoral Education

EUA is a leading voice in doctoral education in Europe. The Association works with members to strengthen their doctoral research capacity and attract the best talent in a competitive and rapidly-changing world. Notably, EUA has widely contributed to doctoral education reform in Europe, as well as research training.

The Association carries this work out primarily through its Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE), a member service that promotes collaboration and exchange of good practices. EUA-CDE is the largest European network in the field. It covers more than 35 countries and brings together a community of academic leaders and professionals from more than 260 universities.

EUA-CDE is the driving force behind the creation and implementation of the “Salzburg Principles and Recommendations”. In this context, its efforts have resulted in strengthening doctoral education at the intersection between the European Higher Education and Research Areas.

In its many activities related to doctoral education, EUA focuses on topics like research ethics and integrity, career paths in and outside of academia, internationalisation, Open Science and the wellbeing of doctoral candidates.


  • View more 22 Apr 2016

    Doctoral Education - Taking Salzburg Forward: Implementation and New Challenges

    The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for the continued implementation of reforms in doctoral education building on the Salzburg Principles and Recommendations. It is directed at university leaders who want to continue and deepen the implementation of Salzburg at the strategic level, ensuring a consistent, institution-wide approach to doctoral education. The document also provides recommendations for daily managers of doctoral education who look to keep their activities and processes up to date and responsive to new challenges for universities.

  • View more 29 Oct 2010

    Salzburg II – Recommendations

    In 2005, the Salzburg Principles were established in the Bologna Process as the basis of the reforms for doctoral education. In the half decade that has passed since then, Europe’s universities have carried out wide-ranging reforms in this area, most notably by establishing doctoral schools. The achievements and experiences of Europe’s universities affirm and enrich the original principles.

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