Workshop on Doctoral Studies

Friday, April 20, 2018

Venue: SPARK Demo, St Narva 3, Tartu

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The workshop will give an overview of different models of doctoral education and comparing different practices of doctoral studies in Estonia and abroad. To this end, jointly with Universities Estonia (the association of six Estonian public universities) and Ministry of Education and Research are organising an international seminar, where we will host representatives of our partner institutions from Finland, Belgium, United Kingdom and the Netherlands to share their practices and recent developments.
We will try to answer the following questions at the seminar:

  • The distribution of responsibilities between faculties and graduate schools in the organisation of doctoral studies: the role of the graduate school in doctoral training?
  • The structure of doctoral study programmes (incl. the proportion of compulsory courses): What incentives/support is provided for students to take up doctoral studies? How is students’ development/progress in writing the thesis assessed?
  • Thesis requirements: Apart from PhD, are there other types of doctoral degrees that can be pursued (e.g. industrial doctorate)?
  • How many of the doctoral students simultaneously hold a (teaching/research) position at the university? What regulations apply to such positions? How many doctoral students choose a non-academic career after graduation?


Agenda of the Workshop

10.00-10.30 Registration, coffe and networking
Welcome and Introducion
10.30-10.35 Ms. Hanna Kanep, Secretary-General, Universities Estonia
Setting the scene and some developments in Estonia
10.35-10.50 Doctoral Studies in Estonia
Mrs. Ursula Tubli, Adviser for Research Policy Department, Ministry of Education and Research
10.50-11.10 Challenges of the Doctoral Education: Compatibility of the Doctoral Studies and Societal Needs
Dr. Kristjan Vassil, Vice Rector of Research, University of Tartu
11.10-11.30 Developments of Doctoral Education at the Tallinn University of Technology
Dr. Renno Veinthal, Vice Rector of Research, Tallinn University of Technology
Session I. Finland and the Netherlands
11.30-12.15 Structures of Doctoral Education at the University of Helsinki
Dr. Hanna Maija Urponen, Head of Services for Doctoral Education, University of Helsinki
12.15-13.00 Doctoral Education in the Life Sciences: focus on research <-> focus on education
Dr. Saskia Ebeling, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Utrecht University
13.00-13.45 Lunch
Session II. Belgium and United Kingdom
13.45-14.30 KU Leuven Celebrates 10 Years of Doctoral Schools: Taking Stock of the Progress
Mrs. Leen Cuypers, Coordinator of Arenberg Doctoral School, KU Leuven
14.30-15.15 Doctoral Education at the University of Sheffield
Prof. Martina Daly, Faculty Lead for Postgraduate Research Programmes, University of Sheffield Medical School
15.15-16.00 Coffe and discussion
16.00-16.30 Panel conclusions