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Professionals in Doctoral Education: Supporting skills development to better contribute to a European knowledge society (PRIDE)

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Doctoral education in Europa has been reformed significantly in the past decade. Universities have responded by making organizational and structural changes to their management and administration, becoming more autonomous, taking more responsibility for PhD supervision and creating graduate and doctoral schools. These changes have taken different forms at different universities, but a common feature has been the need for more specialized personnel, with specific profiles, in doctoral education.

Overall Aim

The overall aim of this project is to contribute to the professionalization of administrative staff in the field of European doctoral education, in order to provide better support to PhD supervisors, PhD candidates and external stakeholders. The project aims at elaborating an alternative approach to administration in the area of doctoral education.

Expected Outcomes

The main outcome of the PRIDE Project is to provide tools to professionalize administrative staff in the area of doctoral education. The project team will create a handbook describing the roles and responsibilities of professionals and a guide to best practice. A training course will be developed for the professionalization of administrative staff. A European network for professionals in doctoral education will be established.

Project Duration: October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2016

PRIDE Project Partners
  • Comenius University Bratislava, SK
  • Fundación Universidad Empresa of the Region of Murcia, ES
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, DE
  • Tallinn University, EE
  • UNICA, Network of the UNIversities from the CApitals of Europe
  • UNIMED, Mediterranean Universities Union
  • Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, PT
  • University of Vienna, AT
  • University of Zagreb, HR
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE

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Project coordinator at the University of Vienna
Lucas Zinner

Contact person at Tallinn University
Katrin Niglas

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Project number: 540332-LLP-1-2013-1-AT-ERASMUS-EIGF.