Project YEBO! has 4 main activities :

  • The State of the art of internationalization activity of each partner, which includes a comparative analysis phase of the different doctoral studies systems in EU and in SA, with the aim to define indicators suitable to evaluate each partner’s level of PhD stuides internationalization.
  •  The development and implementation of the PhD portal to provide better access to information and training material
  • The organization of two international conferences one in EU and one in South Africa
  • The organization of four training sessions in South Africa

Leaders : Cape Peninsula University of Technology(CPUT) and Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas (VGTU)

Estimated time frame : 01-12-2017 to 31-05-2018

In this activity each partner need to measure its « internationalization activity » in doctoral studies. Which is why it is also important to take into account the organization of doctoral studies within each partner country. Some indicators will be defined and used during the whole project duration, the « FRINDOC » questionnaire will be applied to get a part of these results. VGTU and CPUT as leaders will monitor this evaluation and give reports on its progress.

State of the Art of the PhD Internationalization Activity Report

Leaders : Central University of Technology, Free State(CUT)

Estimated time frame : 15-05-2018 to 15-11-2018

One of the necessity every partners agreed on at an early stage of this project was the development of a PhD portal. This portal will focus on the internationalization of PhD Studies. The idea here, is to provide two types of information:

  • Funding opportunities abroad to facilitate the access to administrative procedures, information about each partner’s PhD programs, internship and funding offers.
  • Training tools, offering the material from the conferences and training sessions.

The PhD portal was Launched in November 2018 during the Mid-Term Meeting in Berlin

Leaders : University of Pretoria and University of Uppsala

Estimated time frame : 01-04-2019 to 01-04-2020

This activity aims to raise awareness among universities, researchers, teachers, administrative staff and students to the internationalization of doctoral studies.

Conference 1 in Europe (date and place to be decided during the first mid-term meeting)
Conference 2 in South Africa in March 2020 in Cape Town

The non-university partners, EUA, the Coimbra Group and CIRAD will also take part in at least one conference each, as experts.
The following thems will be tackled:

  • intellectual property (at international level)
  • mobility at home
  • Tools used to promote the internationalization of PhD studies
  • cotutelles and co-supervision

Specific topics will however be chosen by all the partners during the first mid-term meeting.

Leaders : Universiteit Gent (UG) and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)

Estimated time frame : 01-04-2018 to 31-12-2019

The training sessions will provide an increasing capacity to supervise international PhD students with a focus on improving the international visibility of PhD students’ research.
Four training sessions will take place, in South Africa :

  • Training 1: October 22th to 26th 2018 hosted by CUT on the theme of Intercultural Competencies (Communication, HR Management,…). Trainers from TUB, UM and SU will participate to this training session.
  • Training 2: IRO/ Doctoral School Capacity (distribution of information, branding, mapping of international activities, funding management) hosted by TUT/UP on March 2019.
  • Training 3: International Supervision (legal framework, co-tutelle, how to find a co-supervisor abroad), hosted by SU/UCT on June 2019
  • Training 4: Research capacity (academic writing, funding application writing, visibility of research, science communication), hosteb by UWC/CPUT on October 2019