Workpackage 1

The project will launch with capacity building and revision of the functions of university research units (RU)- aspirantura – to enable a systemic, strategic approach to program and curricula development for PhDs as well as mechanisms assuring quality of such provisions. HEIs will be given a period of 4 months to allocate adequate space for their RUs for which IT equipment will be procured and installed. A regulatory framework to operationalize the unit will be developed and adopted by the HEIs. Following the intervention logic elaborated above, it will be necessary to ensure 2 staff profiles: a) staff responsible for development and implementation of PhD education and b) staff responsible for providing support to internal quality assurance (QA) and more efficient management of doctoral education.

Next, a WG with involvement of local and EU peers will be established to develop a training package and workshop materials for two capacity-building activities: (1) a training on Salzburg Principles – as the main guiding principle to delivering quality doctoral education and research; (2) a workshop on “Promoting PhD: Why? And How? The first training will be hosted by University of Heidelberg and will train 43 members. KTH will host the second workshop and about 40 staff members take part. Pre- and post-event evaluations will be conducted to ensure effectiveness of the trainings.

An important capacity building activity within WP 1 is the procurement of Artificial Business Intelligence (ABI) systems for all 11 HEIs, which will support implementation and improvement of analyses, reporting, data warehousing, information sharing and research exchange. ABIs will serve as instruments for collecting points – data from across the university (indicators, competencies, available mentors and their references, PhD programs, international partner institutions, etc).

The lead partner for WP 1 is WUS and it will take care of overall implementation and reporting for WP1.