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Projects and Initiatives

In order to better take stock of current work being done in the realm of doctoral education, ‘Projects and Initiatives’ presents information about projects being carried out by organizations related to postgraduate training and management. Projects listed here share a common focus, all or in part, on African higher education.

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logo Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE)

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Founded in 2002, the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE) is the first U.S. research centre devoted to the study and improvement of doctoral education worldwide.
Among today’s PhD graduates are tomorrow’s leaders, researchers, and innovators who confront a complex set of social, political, cultural, technical, environmental and health issues within a global setting. CIRGE’s mission is to meet the urgent need for understanding doctoral education practices and outcomes worldwide and to discover how best to prepare PhD students to increase the world’s capacity for solving global problems and meeting human needs.
Based on research, publications, consulting, international collaborations and workshops, CIRGE has become a trusted source of valid information and data about graduate education outcomes, as well as a site of sophisticated analyses on issues vital to doctoral education and innovative ideas; helping universities respond to today’s challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that change offers.
CIRGE firmly believes research on the career trajectories of former students and their retrospective evaluations of the effectiveness of their graduate programs is crucial in a knowledge-based world society, both for academic institutions that provide graduate education, and for government, industry, and non-profits that now employ the majority of U.S-trained PhDs. 

CIRGE host two doctoral research networks:

  1. Forces and Forms of Change in Doctoral Education Worldwide
  2.  International Doctoral Education Research Network

It further runs the project PhD education: changing the focus from numbers to quality.


Tasks: Research, Network, Information

Targets: Managements, Academic Staff, PhD Students, Supervisors

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F&F - Forces and Forms of Change in Doctoral Education Worldwide  

Related to doctoral education on a global level, CIRGE engages the “Forces and Forms of Change in Doctoral Education Worldwide” (F&F) network to facilitate the exchange, synthesis, production, and knowledge of doctoral education from a wide range of disciplines and world regions.

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IDERN - International Doctoral Education Research Network 

The International Doctoral Education Research Network (IDERN) was formed to provide an avenue for researchers on doctoral education from around the globe to generate dialogue on knowledge creation and doctoral pedagogy. The aim of the network was to generate a collaborative, international research agenda for doctoral education; to build a research field in this most advanced form of educational provision, and to connect researchers from different national settings, as well as different disciplines and research perspectives. The network operates since 2007 and aims to meet for a research forum once every three years, as well as to use online technologies to share and disseminate information and research on the doctorate. A listserve run by Dr. Mark Connolly, University of Wisconsin–Madison, is, outside of the triennial meetings, the primary means of keeping this research community connected.


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