19 May 2022 | Report

Co-tutelles in European universities: concept, aims and implementation

EUA-CDE Thematic Peer Group report

Laurinda Leite, Ana-Maria Peneoasu, Alexander Hasgall

In recent years, co-tutelles de thèse have become increasingly popular among universities in Europe in the area of doctoral education as one of the main components of their internationalisation strategies.


This report outlines the conclusions of the EUA-CDE Thematic Peer Group on “Co-tutelles and Joint Doctorates”.

With findings gathered from 23 universities in 15 European countries, this paper reflects the group’s discussions on the topic of co-tutelles and provides an overview of the different approaches that have been applied at participating institutions in this area. This publication explores the various steps necessary to develop co-tutelle agreements based on the practices in place and highlights the opportunities, but also the common challenges, associated with this type of collaboration during the implementation phase.

The report also suggests possible ways forward for the successful development of this instrument. It serves as a source of reflection for institutions considering engaging with co-tutelles and provides ways to make co-tutelles a positive and fruitful experience.

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