Doctoral Training Principles

 

Young researchers are the future key players who will have to tackle the major European research and societal challenges. Their crucial education starts with the training they receive during their PhD. While the work leading to a PhD is mainly performed at a university, people who obtain a PhD have a wide array of career perspectives open to them, both in academia and industry. With the publication of The Seven Principles of Innovative Doctoral Training (June 2011), the European Commission provided a coordinated framework to achieve excellent doctoral training.

The seven principles of Innovative Doctoral Training are:

  • Research excellence
  • Attractive Institutional Environment
  • Interdisciplinary Research Options
  • Exposure to Industry and other relevant employment sectors
  • International networking
  • Transferable skills training
  • Quality Assurance

 

Doctoral Training in the Royal Military Academy: http://www.rma.ac.be/en/rma-research-goals-en.html

 

 

Doctoral Training in Flemish universities:

The Flemish authorities invest considerable amount of money in doctoral training (see also the funding page for an overview of PhD funding opportunities). As a result, the number of PhD candidates at Flemish universities has greatly increased in recent years; from 2004-2005 to 2015-2016 the number almost doubled! In 2014, almost 30% of PhD candidates were of non-Belgian nationality. However, we do not just provide funding! In every Flemish university you can enroll in “Doctoral Schools” that will guide you through state-of-the-art training that will help you successfully complete your PhD.

 

VUB

More info about

1. Doing a PhD @VUB

2. Doctoral Training & Doctoral Schools @VUB

 

 

Evolution of the non-Belgian nationality of researchers for the different statutes and levels of the academic career (2008-2016) 

 Evolution of the non-Belgian nationality of researchers for the different statutes and levels of the academic career (2008-2016)

                                                                   (source: STI in Flanders 2017, Chapter 3, 5 Mobility)

Evolution of the number of PhDs in Flanders by gender from 2004-2005 to 2015-2016

Evolution of the number of PhDs in Flanders by gender from 2004-2005 to 2015-2016

                                                                              (source: STI in Flanders 2017, Chapter 3, 5 Mobility)

Evolution of the number of PhDs in Flanders by field of science from 2004-2005 to 2015-2016

Evolution of the number of PhDs in Flanders by field of science from 2004-2005 to 2015-2016

                                                                              (source: STI in Flanders 2017, Chapter 3, 5 Mobility)

 

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Doctoral Training in French-Speaking Community:

In the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the academic title of doctor is awarded after the successful public defense of a personal and original piece of written work that may take the form of a dissertation or of an essay coherently connecting scientific publications by the PhD candidate.

The work related to the PhD thesis corresponds to 180 credits, and comprises both preparatory work for the thesis itself and doctoral research training. The doctoral research training, supervised by a thematic doctoral school (Graduate School), enables the PhD candidate to acquire both a high degree of scientific and professional expertise and cross-functional skills. It can lead to the issuance of a doctoral research training certificate after completion of a 60-credit training programme involving specific activities related to the research profession. In the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the academic title of doctor is only awarded after completion of doctoral research training.

Due to the excellence of the doctoral research training in the WBF, the number of PhD candidates increased from around 4000 to almost 7000 candidates between 2000 and 2015. Of these, more than 40% were international PhD candidates. Moreover, in fifteen years, the number of PhD graduates has almost doubled.
 

UCL

More info about Doctoral Training @UCL

More info about Doctoral Training @ULg

More info about Doctoral Training @USL-B

 

 

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