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 30 countries and brings together a community of academic leaders and professionals from more than 240 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.
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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.
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.
This EUA-CDE report presents the results of an extensive and unique study on the state of play of...read more
The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) brought together 225 participants on 7 and 8 June to discuss excellence through diversity in doctoral education. Hosted by the University of Ljubljana, exchanges on this topic were held against the background of an ever more international higher...view more
The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is pleased to announce the launch of “The Doctoral Debate” – an online platform offering commentary and analysis on doctoral education in Europe. Written by academic leaders and experts in the field, “The Doctoral Debate” will showcase...view more
On 10-12 September 2017, EUA participated in the 11th Annual Strategic Leaders Global Summit on Graduate Education, a high-level global dialogue event held at the Alyeska Resort in Alaska and organised by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). The CGS represents universities and colleges...view more
As defined in the Salzburg Recommendations, internationalisation is a significant component of developing the quality of research and of doctoral education within universities. At the same time, international experiences are critical to the professional development of many...read more
The project “Promoting Collaborative Doctoral Education for Enhanced Career Opportunities” (DOC-CAREERS II) looked at how universities work with their business and other non-university partners in establishing and taking forward research projects in the framework of doctoral...read more
Major concrete results have been achieved by EUA with its large membership in moving forward the implementation of European Research Area policies and raising further awareness of their importance. Survey results from a significant representative sample of EUA membership show that EC ERA...read more
Quality assurance and doctoral education have been elements of the Bologna Process since the 2003 ministerial meeting in Berlin, but until rather recently, they have been developing on two different tracks. The basic principles governing both, the Standards and Guidelines for Quality...read more
Abstract The ORPHEUS/AMSE1/WFME2 PhD standards document, published January 2012, is a practical tool for quality assurance of PhD programmes. Another document, the new PhD principles document: “Best practice based principles for innovative doctoral training”, approved by the EU...read more
Abstract The main purpose of the paper is to present the concept for assessment of the doctoral programmes implemented by PKA as an important supplement of the institutional evaluation. The paper presents the criteria adopted by Polish Accreditation Committee and the introduced evaluation...read more
Abstract The process of adaptation to the challenges in the European Higher Education Area, lead to the development of an Integrated Quality System at IST (SIQuIST), consolidating the quality culture developed over the last decades. One of the most advanced dimensions of SIQuIST is the education...read more
The starting point for the CODOC project was the need to develop a new, global approach to doctoral education, taking into account the development of new means of communication and easier physical mobility, but also the need to build research capacity across the world to...read more
This report, “Collaborative Doctoral Education: University-Industry Partnerships for Enhancing Knowledge Exchange” presents the findings of the project “DOC-CAREERS: From Innovative Doctoral Education to Enhanced Career Opportunities”, which was conducted with...read more
Doctoral education is a major priority for European universities and for EUA. In the context of the Bologna Process the importance of doctoral education as the third cycle of higher education and the first stage of a young researcher’s career, and thus in linking the European Higher...read more
This report aims to provide EUA members and other stakeholders in higher education and research with a broad view of the current landscape of doctoral programmes in Europe. EUA is grateful to the support received from the European Commission’s Socrates Programme and is particularly...read more
It is at the apex of higher education, research and innovation, but issues around integrity and...read more
In the Upper Rhine region, the universities of Basel, Freiburg, Haute-Alsace and Strasbourg...read more
The 2020 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting will focus on the role doctoral education plays within university practices and strategies. Participants will discuss the...Read more
Nowadays, doctoral candidates pursue different careers both inside and outside of academia. Many will become highly qualified knowledge workers for the public...Read more
The 2019 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting explored the many aspects involved in the larger social contribution of doctoral candidates and doctoral schools and their...Read more
The 2019 EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop will focus on inter-institutional collaboration in doctoral education. Participants will reflect on how universities with...Read more
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of EUA-CDE, the Meeting highlights diversity as an enduring characteristic and strength of doctoral education in Europe....Read more
EUA and KVAB organised an event for European and national policy makers, leaders of higher education institutions and Brussels-based stakeholders on the...Read more
The EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop on doctoral education reform in Europe reflected on the impact and outcomes of newly implemented practices and institutional...Read more
EUA-CDE Focus Group on implementing an ethos of research integrity in doctoral education brought together universities to discuss the current situation in...Read more
The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) was proud to present its 10th annual meeting, titled ‘Doctoral Education and Harnessing Digital...Read more
The EUA-CDE thematic workshops provide a forum for exchange and discussion between members. The tenth edition focused on ethics and integrity in doctoral...Read more
The Annual Meeting of EUA-CDE is the largest and most comprehensive event dedicated to European doctoral education. It is an opportunity for all stakeholders...Read more
Supervision is a central and defining element of doctoral education. It is through supervised research that doctoral candidates develop a research mindset,...Read more