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Promoting doctoral education in Europe

Aware that Europe is the top destination for international students world-wide, offering (amongst other educational opportunities) top-quality doctoral programmes, ACA members Campus France (project coordinator), DAAD, Nuffic, the British Council, and the Institute of International Education (IIE) joined forces with Eurodoc (The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers) in 2010 and launched the PromoDoc project. This joint initiative, funded under the Erasmus Mundus Programme, aims to “improve information about doctoral study and to facilitate access to doctoral-level programmes in Europe amongst students in third countries, especially in the targeted industrialised countries and territories of Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the USA”.

Within the scope of PromoDoc, a series of activities are being organised to promote doctoral study in Europe such as information tools, a video clip, a network of “ambassadors”, participation in fairs and presentations on doctoral study. The next promotional event will be held in South Korea and will consist of targeted appointments between European higher education institutions and research institutes and potential South Korean doctoral candidates. This recruitment event is a sequel to the PromoDoc gathering that took place in Japan last year.

The South Korea event will take place over four days, i.e. 28 and 29 September 2013 in Seoul and 1 and 2 October in Busan. There will be student information sessions in the morning and scheduled appointments between South Korean students and representatives from the EU in the afternoon. European higher education institutions and research institutes interested in participating in the event can apply via the project website.