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    PhD courses and the intersectoral experience

    Kosvyra, Alexandra and Filos, Dimitris and Mountford, Nicola and Cusack, Tara and Isomursu, Minna and Chouvarda, Ioanna (2021) PhD courses and the intersectoral experience. In: 7th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’21). Universitat Politecnica de València, pp. 1131-1139.

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    It has been found that most PhD graduates (>85%) do not achieve a long-term academic career and thus there is a growing need to re-imagine PhD education that incentivizes doctoral students to engage with research consumers, not only within their discipline, but also, across other disciplines and sectors to have real social impact for an improved society. The aim of this work is to identify intersectoral/interdisciplinary courses that are considered to broaden student career outside and inside academia. For this purpose, a survey was designed to identify modules which lead to the improvement of students' skills while an analysis of their attributes was also performed. Two target groups have been considered: (a) young researchers and (b) program directors each of which can provide different information regarding the courses of interest. 52 students and 11 directors from 5 European Universities, participated in the study. An absence of such courses in the standard PhD program was observed, while any intersectoral/interdisciplinary activities were conducted outside the PhD program, and organized by collaboration of academia and other organizations. The survey findings reveal the need to restructure the PhD programs.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (
    Keywords: PhD courses; career enhancement; intersectorality; interdisciplinarity;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 14675
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    Depositing User: Nicola Mountford
    Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 15:41
    Publisher: Universitat Politecnica de València
    Refereed: No
    Funders: EU Horizon 2020
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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