Final publication

13 October 2011: Docent Project Final Conference in Italy, download the brochure and program

20 June 2011: Docent Project Seminar in Italy, downcload the brochure and program

May 2011: Ready to go - Start the testing of Docent training courses in the three Universities of Malta (Malta), Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) and Alicante (Spain)

18-19 november 2010: 2th Transnational meeting of the project

June 2010: The Final Report is on-line in the document area

Download the material of the final conference: A Career for innovation: doctoral candidates role in the Europe of Knowledge
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The Phd students placement in enterprise could be one of the way by which Europe could achieve the objectives regarding innovation, economic development and sustainable progress (EUA, 2007; UK Grad Programme, 2008; ERA, 2008). This project aims at enhancing the employability of Phd students in technical-scientific fields, through development, testing and exploitation of:

  • training modules for the improvement of transversal skills, useful to develop the profile of a new industrial researcher able to innovate “inside the enterprise” or “by setting up his/her own businesses”;
  • models for the integration and coordination of several services currently fragmented in TTOs/KTOs and University Career Centres, in order to allow career and information services to fit better with the specific needs of students of the third cycle

The main results of the project will be:

  • a European survey on existing training paths for PhD students and services offered in the university to support their employability
  • a training framework based on transversal competences
  • advice services models for the development of the scientific career in enterprises
  • a final handbook for the use of training paths and services models designed and tested in the European universities partners

All products will be available in English, Italian and Spanish to ensure the widest dissemination.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein