Enhancement of Doctoral Education Quality via Establishment of National and International Doctoral Networks and Supervision of Doctoral Students - Professor's challenge, Georgia 2015

Centralised Support to the Network of Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE)

Technical Assistance Missions (TAM)


Name of Expert

Prof. Jean-Dominique Polack


Date of Visit



9-10 November 2015



Internationalization of doctoral programmes as precondition for quality enhancement

Format of the activity (seminar, training, etc)


Seminar: lectures with open discussion; and group work sessions


Brief description of activities conducted


The lectures successively reviewed the skills developed by doctorate holders as they match the requirements of a knowledge society, then networking of doctoral schools and joint doctoral programs, and finally how to design training for doctoral candidates and their supervisors. The seminar ended with a wrap-up session on building a network of doctoral schools in Georgia.


Participants targeted

(HERE/others – please indicate the functions of those who benefited from the TAM and approximately how many)

Targeted participants were 45 representatives of leading Georgian universities and governmental agencies: academics aiming at developing doctoral schools, administrative staff from international relations offices and institutional quality assurance departments, and representatives from Ministry of Education and Science.


Main ‘take-aways’ from the perspective of the expert


Despite the fact that most participants had absolved part of their higher education abroad, and often a doctorate, the seminar discussions, and specifically the group work session, seems to have created important awareness for the need to internationalise Georgian doctorates. More technical assistance and project work is needed for creating the mind-set for collaborative networks at doctoral level in Georgia.