On Doctoral Studies in Europe

Professor Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D., University of Rijeka Rector, was a plenary lecturer at the annual assembly of the European University Association Council for Doctoral Education (EUA CDE) which was held on 7 and 8 June, 2018, at the University of Ljubljana, with the motto ''Excellence through Diversity: Doctoral Education in a Globalised World''.

In the presentation entitled "Finding Common Ground in a Different Landscape'' Madam Rector gave an outline of the key European program priorities in the development of doctoral education, and then analyzed the current global barriers and challenges in education and the acquisition of the first scientific experiences, highlighting the specifics of our national doctoral education with a special emphasis on the University of Rijeka.

This crucial annual European meeting in the field of doctoral education gathered 223 scientists from 35 European and world countries. Other Croatian scientists who also participated in the meeting are:
  • Prof. Melita Kovačević, Ph.D., former Vice-Rector for Research and Technology of the University of Zagreb,
  • Prof. Alessandra Pokrajac Bulian, Ph.D.,  Vice-Dean for Research and International Cooperation at the UNIRI Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
  • Prof. Irena Vodopija-Krstanović, Ph.D., Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs at the UNIRI Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,
  • Prof. Alen Ružić, M.D., Ph.D., Vice-Rector for Science of the University of Rijeka.

Doctoral studies represent the key link for the development of European higher education, which now faces numerous problems that call for strategic solutions. Exceptional differences in doctoral studies are recorded in some European countries and regions, but although the differences vary widely, the most significant are financial inequalities. The question of finance varies from country to country, from self-financing, through widely available scholarships, to the systematic recruitment of doctoral candidates during doctoral studies.

Doctoral education is crucial to the overall development of science and technological progress and to the fact that numerous direct and indirect social influences represent the backbone of profiling traditional universities in the modern higher education institutions of the third generation




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