Aquaculture International

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 727–749 | Cite as

Designing and building dedicated Ph.D. courses contributing to international EU mobility at doctoral level

Article

Abstract

After the Bologna framework formally incorporated doctoral education in the three-cycle structure of degrees as part of its nine Action lines in the Berlin Ministers Communiqué in 2003 (Berlin 2003), the AQUA-TNET network devoted a significant part of its activities to follow the subsequent developments in order to help its members understand and meet the demands of the Bologna reforms at the doctoral level. To this end, the network carried out a series of detailed and comprehensive surveys of its members. Interestingly, the results of these independent surveys reveal close similarities with the EUA survey of Doctoral Programmes for the European Knowledge Society (2005) and the sets of guidelines known as the Salzburg Principles (EUA 2005b) and the Salzburg II Recommendations (EUA 2010). The article describes the measures taken by the AQUA-TNET network to design, develop and implement structured doctoral programmes for its members in response to the specific needs as identified by its academic and industry members from those surveys.

Keywords

Critical mass Doctoral structured training programmes Doctoral course taught elements Doctoral supervision Early stage researchers Salzburg principles Salzburg II recommendations Transferable skills 

Abbreviations

AQUAEXCEL

Aquaculture infrastructures for excellence in European fish research

COST

European Cooperation in Science and Technology Programme

ECTS

European Credit Transfer System

EHEA

European Higher Education Area

EQF

European Qualifications Framework

ESR

Early stage researchers

EUA

European University Association

EUA/CDE

Council on Doctoral Education

FP 7

7th Framework Research Programme

HE

Higher education

ITN

Innovative Training Network

JQIA

Joint Quality Initiative Report

LAS

Laboratory Animal Science

UNESCO

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation

VET

Vocational Education & Training

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Aquaculture and Artemia Reference CentreGhentBelgium
  2. 2.AQUALEX Multimedia Consortium LtdDublinIreland

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