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Aurora Future Influencers Mobility Program

The Aurora group on Doctoral Education aims to reflect the ethos of the Aurora Universities Network in doctoral education programmes at Aurora institutions. Our universities aspire to become destinations of choice for postgraduate students and early career researchers from around the world by offering common standards of excellence around research supervision, training alongside outstanding professional and pastoral support, and the opportunity to circulate freely between Aurora partners.

Consequently, the group aims to provide Aurora doctoral students with a chance to complement traditional doctoral attributes of critical thinking and creativity with a multidisciplinary skill set, languages and entrepreneurial mindset that will allow them to succeed in their research and the competitive labour market of this rapidly-changing world.

In the first instance towards this goal, we are preparing an Aurora Future Influencers Mobility Programme, that is simultaneously transnational, social and transdisciplinary/trans-sectoral. The core idea behind the project is to allow doctoral students from Aurora universities to circulate throughout the network and work in interdisciplinary settings with academic and industry actors, regardless of financial limitations and domestic responsibilities. This triple mobility will empower a new generation of socially responsible research leaders/influencers who can communicate, innovate and exert influence across national, social and disciplinary boundaries and contribute to the realisation of the Europe 2020 objective of smart, sustainable, inclusive growth.

Main activities and deliverables

Estimated Time Line 

The estimated timeline for the Future Leaders project lies between March 2018 and January 2020. As members of the project group, we have visited events and achieved milestones:

  • SCAN
  • Brainstorming workshop in March 2018
  • Project on scanning PhD structure at each partner university (July-October 2018)
  • Co-creation session on doctoral education at each partner university (October 2018)
  • Benchmark publication (November 2018)
  • Scan and funding acquisition
  • Parallel session in Antwerp Biannual Meeting to formulate our Erasmus + project proposal (November 2018)
  • Participation in EUA Council for Doctoral Education Thematic Workshop in January 2019 and meeting of the group to discuss Erasmus + proposal

Our upcoming events and milestones are:

  • Funding Acquisition and mobility movers
  • Erasmus + strategic partnership application (Iceland leading the project)
  • Promotion and funding acquisition (November 2018 – March 2019)
  • First mobility movers (from November, December 2019-provisional dates)

Participating Universities and team members

All team members will spend an estimate time of 5 to 10 hours per month on the project.

Participating Universities and team members

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