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

  • Peter Bossier
  • Margaret EleftheriouEmail author


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.


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



Aquaculture infrastructures for excellence in European fish research


European Cooperation in Science and Technology Programme


European Credit Transfer System


European Higher Education Area


European Qualifications Framework


Early stage researchers


European University Association


Council on Doctoral Education

FP 7

7th Framework Research Programme


Higher education


Innovative Training Network


Joint Quality Initiative Report


Laboratory Animal Science


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation


Vocational Education & Training



The authors would like to thank the members of the AQUA-TNET Doctoral core group for their work on the studies and surveys on which the present paper is based: Marco Saroglia, Giovanni Sansone, Giuliana Parisi, Jean Dhont, Johan Verreth, Yngvar Olson, Richard Fitzgerald, Antonio Figueras, Belgin Hossu, Neil Crooks, Leo Nagelkerke, Axel Miller, Neil Crooks, and Stefan Meyer. We are grateful to the students and other stakeholders who responded to the questionnaires.


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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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