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Quality assurance in doctoral education

VU International News and Reviews No. 02 March 25 2013

March 2013

The EUA has published a new report on quality assurance processes (internal and external) for doctoral education in European universities. Based on quantitative information gathered from a survey of over 100 universities across Europe and qualitative information collected during a series of focus groups and a workshop, the report is the outcome of the two-year EC-supported ARDE project led by EUA. The report shows that doctoral education is being managed increasingly more professionally (in particular with the establishment of doctoral schools) and that institutions are giving more attention to accountability and quality enhancement. The ARDE project survey revealed that almost 90% of respondents had written procedures/regulations for admission of candidates and 91% systematically monitored progress of candidates.

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