, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 463–481 | Cite as

The emergence of doctoral programmes in the Colombian higher education system: Trends and challenges

  • Orlando AcostaEmail author
  • Jorge Celis


The international literature contains few formal analyses of the state of Colombian higher education and its most critical issues. This article systematically and comparatively analyzes the emergence of Colombian doctoral programmes within a national and international context. It shows that, while Colombia has experienced a significant growth in the number of Ph.D. graduates per million people over the last decade, it continues to lag behind other Latin American countries. Further, it is critical for Colombia to increase funding for doctoral training, both by increasing the number of scholarships for graduate studies and by improving the mobility of researchers and strengthening the infrastructure of doctoral programmes. Increasing its numbers of Ph.D. holders is vital if Colombia is to succeed in entering the knowledge-based economy.


Higher education Quality of education Doctoral programmes Colombia Education funding Education and industry 


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  1. 1.Universidad Nacional de ColombiaBogotáColombia

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