Europe’s First PhD Program in Network Science
The new science of networks had reached such maturity by 2010 that the idea of launching a PhD program became natural. We at the Center for Network Science (CNS) of Central European University (CEU) had the vision of a truly interdisciplinary, problem-driven, and data-oriented program for students with diverse backgrounds. The program was launched in September 2015 and is the first of this kind in Europe. In this chapter we discuss the motivation, the scientific environment, and the curriculum for the new program. We strive to make our network science PhD program successful not despite but because of considerable student diversity. In our experience, the vital ingredients are a flexible curriculum with opportunities to equalize missing skills and a strong element of solidarity and mutual learning among students. We also report about the recruitment process and the first experience with two cohorts and the challenges we are facing.
KeywordsPhD program Europe Graduate students Curriculum Student diversity Recruitment
We would like to acknowledge the fruitful collaboration on this program with our colleagues at CEU, especially with Albert-László Barabási, Rosario Mantegna, and Roberta Sinatra as well as the support of Guido Caldarelli, Zoltán Toroczkai, and Alessandro Vespignani during the accreditation process.
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