US Council of Graduate Schools and European University Association Joining Forces: a Transatlantic Dialogue on Doctoral Education

bridges vol. 13, April 2007 / Feature Article
by Daniel Denecke

The Office of Science & Technology is publishing with CGS permission the following summary of a September 2006 conference that was co-sponsored by CGS and EUA. This summary of the discussions and findings during the three-day summit in Salzburg was published in the October 2006 CGS Communicator. It was written by Daniel Denecke, of the Council of Graduate Schools and coauthor of the CGS publication Ph.D. Completion and Attrition (2004).


Last September, a three-day conference sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and the European University Association (EUA), engaged the boards of directors from both organizations - representing 19 countries - in a transatlantic dialogue about the role of doctoral education in two areas: the production of global talent and national research capacity, and strengthening economic competitiveness.

Over 40 graduate education leaders from North America and Europe convened at the Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, to discuss doctoral education in a global context. Participants discussed the latest findings by some of the world's leading researchers on graduate education, presented in papers commissioned for the conference; exchanged ideas about best practices in the administration of doctoral programs; and engaged each other in an international dialogue about the political, social, and economic forces shaping doctoral education.

The following is a summary of the discussions and findings during the three-day summit in Salzburg by Daniel Denecke, director of "best practices" at the Council of Graduate Schools and coauthor of the CGS publication Ph.D. Completion and Attrition (2004).

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