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Corina Balaban talks about developments in doctoral education in Danish National newspaper

UNIKE PhD fellow Corina Balaban features in the Danish national newspaper Information, talking about the effects of the global knowledge economy on doctoral education.

2016.04.20 | Lisbeth Kristine Walakira

Corina Balaban compares the ITN and the IGERT programmes as models for doctoral education in her PhD research. Private photo by Corina Balaban.

The Danish newspaper Information published an article on April 11 2016 in which UNIKE PhD fellow Corina Balaban is cited. The article is about the current developments in doctoral education that increasingly focus on incorporating generalist competencies into the training.

Corina Balaban is currently doing research in which she compares models for doctoral education in Europe and the US. In her PhD project she is comparing two doctoral programmes: the European ITN  and the American IGERT, which are financed by the European Commission and the American National Science Foundation, respectively.

In the article, Corina Balaban explains: "The common feature is that both programmes are very focused on preparing  PhD students for all kinds of jobs, compared to more traditional PhD programmes that primarily prepare students for research careers  in universities. The new PhD candidates are also prepared for working in private companies, NGOs and public institutions, therefore they are envisaged to learn many other skills  besides research and teaching as a part of their training."

Corina Balaban further highlights: "Policy-makers have invested a lot in increasing the number of PhD students based on the idea that, in a global knowledge economy, we compete for knowledge (...) This has led to  criticisms of an overproduction of people with PhD degrees."

(Citations are translated from Danish)

Download the full article here (in Danish).

Read more about Corina Balaban and her PhD project here.

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Tags: Corina Balaban, UNIKE, Universities in the Knowledge Economy, IGERT, ITN, Doctoral education, Information
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