Symposium ‘What aspects of doctoral training need improving?’
On Wednesday 17 December last, Lluís Jofre Roca, Director General for Universities, opened the symposium ‘What aspects of doctoral training need improving?‘, organised by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya).
This year saw the third edition of the survey of doctoral graduates of Catalan universities to find out their level of job placement and development in the world of work. Following analysis of the data, it was considered appropriate to meet with those in charge of doctoral training in order to pose potential areas of action that could help improve these programmes. During the symposium, a discussion was held on how to improve the quality of and satisfaction with current doctoral programmes, their internationalisation and employment among holders of doctoral degrees. Another highlight was the presentation of a guide to monitoring doctoral programmes as a tool for improving training.
The round table session was attended by Antonio Huerta, Academic Director of the Industrial Doctorates Plan, and Maria Salamero, Director of Aqualogy Knowledge (Agbar Group), a company currently participating in six industrial doctorate projects. As Dr Huerta put it: ‘We need to train doctorands to make them attractive to companies’. He also pointed out that we need to offer a different type of training from that currently provided, and make it easier for them to join the social environment. Maria Salamero said that, in her opinion, ‘industrial doctorates enable us to generate new knowledge, expand the company’s innovation ecosystem and gain access to a pool of qualified talent’.