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Doctoral Education in South Africa: University and industry collaborate to train the next generation of PhDs

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Facing particular issues of its own higher education system and shaped by a global competition for attracting the most talented citizens, South Africa is developing strategies to increase its number of PhDs, particularly in areas in need  by the industry. CIRGE had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Ahmed Bawa, vice-chancellor of Durban Technology University in South Africa and an …

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New presentation on International Research Collaboration

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The Global Research Forum, held at the University of North Texas, invited key university administrators, international research funding agencies, and doctoral students to establish an understanding of how to expand mutually beneficial global research cooperation, and support research-active faculty and graduate students with global research aspirations. Maresi Nerad, director of CIRGE, was one of the panelists  to discuss the core …

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Doctoral Fellowships in European Universities

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The UNIKE project –Universities in the Knowledge Economy – is looking to fill 12 doctoral positions and 2 post-doctoral positions at 6 European Universities (AU Aarhus University, UB University of Bristol, UK Graduate School of Education, RU Roehampton University, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, LU Univerza V Ljubljani, and Universidade do Porto/FPCE) in an Initial Training Network (ITN). Applications are …

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Presentations: International Experience in STEM Graduate Education and Beyond

Final Report: Assessing International Collaboration in STEM fields International Experience in Stem Graduate Education and Beyond. Presented by Dr. Raj Bordia, professor of Materials Sci. & Engineering at University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA A UK/European perspective in international experiences in STEM subjects. Presented by Dr. John Chapman, professor at College of Science & Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK. …

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Degree Completion in Doctoral Education

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One of the main concerns for graduate schools is the attrition and completion of doctoral students. CIRGE has carried out diverse studies to analyze the patterns that intervene in the doctoral completion. Review here the main studies Doctoral Education at the University of California and Factors Affecting Time-to-Degree This study examined time-to-degree at the University of California in order to …

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Postdoctoral Education

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Many stories have been told about postdoctoral fellows prolonging their stays in temporary positions in order to assemble that last publication thought to be necessary to compete for a faculty position. Also, popular in recent years have been stories of disappointed post-docs who were unable to find permanent academic  research jobs. Despite these stories, no recent comprehensive study on postdoctoral …

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IGERT Astrobiology program at UW

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Graduate students Megan Smith and Elena Amador sample waters from the highly acidic Rio Tinto in Spain looking for an analog to early Martian environment (Source: UWAB) Astrobiology studies the origin of life on Earth and the distribution of life in the Universe. The cross-disciplinary nature of this field mandates collaboration among biologists, astronomers, oceanographers, atmospheric scientists, chemists, planetary scientists, …

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US IGERT

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IGERT is the National Science Foundation’s flagship interdisciplinary training program, educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers by building on the foundations of their disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary training. From 1998 until now, the IGERT program has acquired 278 awards and has provided funding for approximately 6,500 graduate students. The IGERT programs offer traineeships to students pursuing their PhDs. The interdisciplinary …

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Academic Career

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Respondents give high marks to their history programs for “academic rigor,” and training in “critical thinking” and “data analysis and synthesis.” They also identified areas to target for improvement, including training in writing and publishing reports and articles and in how to teach, as well as providing concrete feedback to students on their progress, socializing students into the academic community …

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International PhDs who received their Degrees in the USA

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The core debate over Ph.D. recipients from abroad who earned their degrees at U.S. institutions of higher education centers around the questions: who (and how many) stayed in the United States, and who (and how many) returned home? To explore these questions, Deepak, Nerad and Cerny undertook an in-depth study  within  “PhDs – 10 Years Later” survey. Maresi Nerad and …

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