HERE Study visit: Building capacity and quality assurance for doctoral education. Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden

Monday, 30 May, 2016 to Wednesday, 1 June, 2016

Building capacity and quality assurance for doctoral education

HERE Study visit: Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden 31 May – 1 June 2016

Developing and transforming doctoral education is increasingly seen as a means to bolster both the research and teaching agenda. In many developing and emerging countries, it is a strategic national priority, that is a key component for creating knowledge societies, and generally upgrading the teaching staff at the higher education level. In Europe, it has been a focal area of the Bologna Process and also emerged as a fundamental component of the European Research Area. As a result, doctoral education – both in how it is delivered, structured and viewed – has changed dramatically over the last decade.

The topic of capacity building in doctoral education has been prioritized by the Higher Education Reform Experts in the 2015 needs-assessment, and has also been quite prominent in the technical assistance missions (TAM) in different Partner countries in 2015. More will follow in 2016.

HERE have expressed interest in the planning and design of doctoral programmes, structures to support the organisation of doctoral studies, such as doctoral schools, quality assurance in doctoral education and international collaboration and networks in doctoral education, as well as generally building research capacity.

The present study visit tries to address all of these issues. It will look at doctoral education through the lens of a young Swedish institution, which has built its doctoral education and research capacity over a relatively short period of time. The event will feature presentations, discussions and group activities, involving different staff members and students from Malmoe University with different perspectives.

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