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1 TRANS-DOC TRANS-Atlantic and TRANSferability aspects of DOCtoral training Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo Santander, 4 de julio de 2013 Nuevas Estrategias del Doctorado Internacional

2 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada TRANS-DOC ( ) Concentrated on transversal skills of PhD students as common area of interest Partners from target area play major role Partners developed increased ownership of the project Used the BALANCE network

3 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada Background The BALANCE Project ( ) concentrated on information on the development of a European Higher Education Area and the opportuinites open to partners in North American universities.  An Information Campaign  Four training seminars at the universities of Barcelona, Cambridge, Graz and Turku  Two evaluation conference-type meetings in North America.

4 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada TRANS-DOC consortium Coimbra Group, Belgium (Co-ordinator) University of Graz, Austria University of Leuven, Belgium Aarhus University, Denmark University of Granada, Spain University of Alberta, Canada York University, Canada University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, United States University of California, Davis, United States

5 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada Associate Partners Europe: University of Barcelona, University of Goettingen, University of Groningen, University of Iasi, University of Jena, University of Padova, University of Turku, University of Uppsala, Åbo Akademi Canada: Dalhousie University, University of Manitoba, McGill University, McMaster University, University of New Brunswick, University of Ottawa, University of Western Ontario United States of America: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Yale.

6 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada Overall objectives Facilitate collaboration at doctoral level Stimulate networking between universities Enhance employability prospects for PhD students Enhance global citizenship and social responsibility through increased quality and multi-disciplinarity of research Provide universities with their own in-house trainers, through the train the trainers component included in the project

7 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada Main activities Survey on PhD structure and administration at European and North American universities Generic Template for a Transferable Skills Course Buffalo SUNY pilot course on Transferable Skills for PhD students (July-August 2012) Participation in the evaluation of LEADER training programme at Aarhus University (August 2011) 3 Train-the-Trainers courses (March 2012) Seminar on Trans-Atlantic Cooperation in Doctoral Training

8 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada TRANS-DOC Survey Questionaire (19 questions) A) PhD organization at institutional level B) Structure of PhD programmes C) Information on Graduate Schools, PhD Schools, PhD Programs or Research Schools D) Policies Support to mobility Transferable skills and employability On-line survey available from December 2011 through June 2012 Answers: 170 (17 Canada, 56 USA, 97 Europe)

9 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada Survey Main Findings Structural differences: Time-to-degree duration (integration of MA in US) Emerging trends Internationalisation dimension at HEIs in Europe is particularly strong, but internationalisation efforts growing in North America too Provision of transferable skills courses: growing awareness

10 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada Possibilities? Research co-operation – joint research labour market The future Horizon 2020 “Third country” co-operation Transferable Skills and Employability Support Joint/double degree programmes Challenges and Structural Challenges? Leadership and institutional structures Master’s level Fees Language of Instruction

11 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada Train-the-Trainers Courses Goals To help those involved in training doctoral students understand the what and why of transferable skills To develop an in-depth understanding of the potential audiences and their needs To develop and gain practical experience in the delivery of a transferable skills seminar that informs doctoral students about: o Communication o Team building o Project leadership o Entrepreneurial skills

12 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada Train-the-Trainers Courses UC Davis (5-6 March 2012) Granada (12-13 March 2012) York University (22-23 March 2012) Target audience individuals involved in graduate student professional training

13 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada Template Transferable Skills Course Coimbra Group Summer Course, Bergen 2007 LEADER course at Aarhus University, 2011 Experiences with transferable skills courses from individual universities on both sides of the Atlantic May/may not have overarching theme Mix of disciplines Experiential learning Group discussions Daily evaluation sessions + final evaluation session Focus on communication, collaboration, self-awareness, knowledge transfer and entrepreneurship, ethics and social responsibility Publication of Template ( copies)

14 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada Buffalo Pilot Course 22 PhD students from Europe and North America Selection procedure: CV + letter of motivation + letter of support Mix of academic disciplines Instructors from Europe, US and Canada Course Coordinator from Buffalo In-Progress Evaluation and Summative Evaluation

15 What I found most compelling of today’s workshop is how to understand the meanings of transferable competencies and how to develop these competencies/survival skills to be a responsible professional. Student C in week 1 Meta-cognition of the importance of Transferable Skills

16 Transferring the kinds of knowledge that we acquired in graduate studies to the campus-external community is a presentation of personal aspiration for socioeconomic mobility; but at the same time it is a contribution of higher education professionals to the society. The nature of knowledge transfer is well indicated in Dr. Genco’s key position that the goal of transferring technology (or knowledge) is ‘about society’, not anything like commercializing our i deas. Student I in week 2 Knowledge Transfer

17 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada Societal needs - graduate programs need to be responsive to societal needs and advance our societies in the 21st century From challenges to TRANSferability recognize the changing landscape of graduate education develop the students’ potential for social roles and social responsibility Buffalo Pilot Course - Conclusions

18 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada Graduate students needs - graduate education needs to responsive to its students – develop domains of competencies increase their capacities in transferable skills increase their awareness of different career paths raise the students’ potential to play multiple roles Graduate Schools need to develop a greater integration of content areas and the processes of socialization of the graduate student Buffalo Pilot Course - Conclusions

19 Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada Closing Seminar Transferability Across the Atlantic Seminar on Trans-Atlantic Cooperation in Doctoral Training Brussels, October 15, participants Distribution of Template (paper version) Follow-up activities- Future plans  continue collaboration  establish new project framework  evaluate the use of the template  develop train-the-trainer courses  revise the survey  build on trust and mutual interests

20 ¡Muchas gracias por su atención! ¿Preguntas, comentarios, …? Vicerrectorado de Relaciones Internacionales y Cooperación al Desarrollo Universidad de Granada


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