10/14/2007

Doctoral Programmes in Europe’s Universities: Achievements and Challenges

A new report published this week by EUA gives an important insight into the state of doctoral education in Europe.

Doctoral Programmes in Europe’s Universities: Achievements and ChallengesIt highlights the latest trends in this key sector of higher education, such as, the introduction of new organisational structures to manage doctoral education, the increasing focus on learning ‘transferable skills’ and the growth in new types of doctoral programmes such as “professional doctorates”. Equally, it underlines the challenges that Europe faces if it is serious about attracting and retaining the best young research talent.

Amongst the findings, EUA’s work underlines that stakeholders (universities and public authorities) must do more to widen participation, to improve mechanisms for supervision and assessment, and to promote the international mobility of doctoral candidates. They must also take steps to ensure professional skills development is an integral part of all doctoral training.

The report also shows that national funding policies for doctoral education are too often fragmented, with a lack of coordination between government ministries, research councils and other funders. This fragmentation does not create favourable conditions for Europe to attract and retain the best doctoral candidates, who are often held back by inadequate funding and a lack of career opportunities.

Source :  European University Association News Sept. 6, 2007.

02/02/2007

The engineer in the European Union of knowledge

International seminar 9th and 10th February 2007, Brussels

Within the context of the Lisbon Summit*, this international seminar wishes to emphasize research, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit and to demonstrate the role of the engineer in these three fields.

The seminar will provide a forum for :
- the industrial world
- institutions of higher education
- the engineering profession
- individual engineers
- who have an active interest in the added value of engineers towards the realisation of the Lisbon objectives

More details on Council of Associations of long-cycle Engineers, of a university or higher school of engineering of the European Union [CLAIU-EU]

* The main objectives of the Lisbon Summit are : reach an average economic growth of 3% and create employment for 20 million by 2010.

12/02/2006

LERU argues case for prioritising public procurement

The new LERU report Universities and Innovation : The Challenge for Europe issued on Nov. 20, 2006, argues for increasing of public procurement budgets. But this comprehensive document recommends also several interesting points for universities. Universities should :

• realistically analyse where their own strengths lie and where they might best achieve excellence and economic and social relevance ;

• understand, engage and promote the optimal economic strategy for their region, and understand how their own particular strengths can best be mobilised to support regional and national economic development ;

• ensure that academic and departmental structures and their flexibility enhance and do not impede cross-disciplinary efforts ;

Universities and Innovation : The Challenge for Europe

• ensure that their processes of selecting university leaders and governance mechanisms are well designed to identify and pursue broad institutional goals in their areas of strength whilst encouraging the academic freedom that is the university’s greatest potential strength.

In Brussels-Capital Region, the strategic regional R&D domains where defined by the Ministery of Economy and implemented through the ISRIB.

But what about the other LERU recommendations ?

Full report >>

LERU (League of European Research Universities) was founded in 2002 as an association of research-intensive universities sharing the values of high-quality teaching in an environment of internationally competitive research.