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Innovative Doctoral Training at Universities of Science and Technology – Discussion paper now available

       

Europe’s Universities of Science and Technology are constantly adapting their doctoral training programmes to address the increasingly diverse variety of research careers - in academia, industry and society. At an event in Brussels today, five European associations of universities of science and technology – CESAER, CLUSTER, EuroTech Universities Alliance, IDEA League and Nordic Five Tech – launched a joint discussion paper on Innovative Doctoral Training from the perspectives of their 53 member universities. The paper highlights some best practices and contributes to the discussion on the future of doctoral training.

In his opening statement Karel Luyben, President of CESAER, highlighted that the institutional settings in which doctoral training is delivered should be continually adapted to reflect the increasingly complex needs of society. According to Ernst Rank, Founding Director of the International Graduate School for Science and Engineering at the Technical University of Munich, research must always be at the centre of doctoral training. However, as 90% of doctoral graduates from Universities of Science and Technology (TUs) typically pursue careers in the non-academic sector, Innovative Doctoral Training (IDT) should be offered, whereby doctoral researchers are free to design their learning pathways in accordance with their specific interests. IDT encompasses a broad range of opportunities for acquiring transferable professional competences, capabilities and skills, as well as utilizing interdisciplinary research options, exposure to industry and international networking opportunities.

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Download the full report here.

Photo report of the event: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMmx2ZaCSLP1yh8Mjs4ICcr4AmgExyTgl_H1FTkNbT1Q6rvq1BF-LkHsodxh9m_EA?key=X1Y0ZzNXNjlxZ0IycW0tdkhNb19DYnN6aGhVQzJ3

 

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