Doctoral studies are considered one of the driving forces that generate economic growth and contribute to the development of society, through the gaining of new knowledge. The nature of doctoral studies has been much debated in recent years. Their internationalization has been highlighted as a key component to facilitate the development of research excellence and the quality of doctoral education.
Nevertheless, this internationalization can be seen as unreachable for most universities due to the lack of resources but also because of the lack of experienced supervisors. This is something that the European Union has focused on for years. For the YEBO! project, partners clearly identified a need to train supervisors in order to allow them to be more efficient with PhD candidates.
The project aims to achieve:
the improvement of the skills of south-African universities concerning the internationalization of PhD Studies;
to facilitate the access to information concerning funding, mobility, and administrative procedures of PhD programs;
the increase of PhD students and staff trained in the internationalization of the PhD studies;
to promote the internationalization of PhD studies in South Africa and Europe.
What is an ERASMUS+ Capacity Building Project
This project is funded by the European program “Erasmus+ key action 2 : capacity building in higher education”
The European Union has a strict strategy concerning the development and structuration of higher education both inside and out of its area; steps were taken with the Bologna process to facilitate the internationalisation. Now, with the EACEA and its ERASMUS+ Capacity Building opportunities, they are going further to assist to the development of higher education worldwide.
An ERASMUS+ Capacity Project aims to help with the modernization, theaccessibility and the internationalization of higher education in the partners’ countries. This kind of project promotes the partnership between EU and partners’ countries and helps the eligible/qualified partners’ countries to address challenges in the management and governance of their own higher education institutions.
In the case of YEBO!, it is a joint project with multiple countries in more than one area (EU and South Africa)
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