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Aurora Brief Reviews No. 02 January 22 2019

January 2019

The EUA’s Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) has published its “Doctoral Education in Europe Today: approaches and institutional structures”. This is the result of a survey among doctoral universities in Europe between November 2017 and February 2018. The responses from 311 universities cover about 40% of the doctoral candidates in the 32 countries covered – with highest coverages in Flanders, Iceland and in the Nordic countries. The publication is useful because it shows what doctoral universities are most concerned with: funding, ethics, and attracting international PhD candidates. It is interesting that ‘career development’ is not among the top three list of priorities, given the great and increasing number of PhD graduates ending up outside the world of (academic or industrial) research.

The report is also valuable because it gives a structures overview of a large variety of topics of concern surrounding ‘doctoral education’. This is – regardless of the content of the survey – relevant for any university interested in making itself a better and more attractive place for young career researchers.

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