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 studies internationalization.
  • The development and implementation of the PhD portal to provide better access to information and training material and of a Funding Tool to help PhD students identify funding opportunities for their research.
  • The organization of 3 side-events during international conferences:  two in EU and one in South Africa, and the organization of one major Final Conference to raise awareness among the partner universities community about the importance of internationalization.
  • The organization of four training sessions in South Africa for administrative staff, supervisors and PhD students in order to improve their internationalization capacity.

Please find attached our report: YEBO Individual Factsheets on Internationalisation PhD Activity. It reports on the Internationalization activity of each of the YEBO! partners.

Enjoy your reading! YEBO-Individual-Factsheets-on-Internationalisation-PhD-Activity

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. The PhD Portal includes a link towards OPEN4YEBO!, a platform acting as a Funding Tool for which YEBO! subscribed for 7000 licenses available for free for PhD students in South Africa, providing them access to funding opportunities for their research.
  • Training tools, offering the material from the conferences and training sessions. After each YEBO! activity, the relevant material (presentations from conferences, lectures and useful documentation from trainings, etc.) is uploaded on the Portal to make it accessible to a wider audience and broaden the impact of the activity.

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 14-05-2021

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

  • Conference 1:  12th to 14th June 2019 at EUA-CDE Annual Meeting in Brescia, YEBO! partners’ will organise a session withing EUA-CDE programme to present the challenges and opportunities for the internationalisation of PhD Studies in South Africa.
  • Conference 2: Third week of August 2019 at IEASA Annual Conference in Cape Town, a dedicated session on the internationalisation of PhD studies will be organised by YEBO! consortium, including a plenary session, a poster session and 2 workshops.
  • Conference 3: November 2020 at SASUF Goes Digital 2020, a YEBO! side event in the form of two workshops focusing on the impact of COVID-19 and digitization on PhD Supervision and Ethics of research.
  • Conference 4: April 2021, the final major conference will be held online and hosted by the University of Pretoria. It will involve students from the 4th training session in a PhD Competition (3 Minutes Thesis presentation and Scientific poster) in order to evaluate their improvements in terms of skills regarding research communication and visibility. The conference will include keynotes, panel discussions, workshops and collaborative activities, and will provide a lot of networking opportunities for the participants.

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

Estimated time frame : 01-04-2018 to 31-03-2020

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 participated to this training session.
  • Training 2: March 26th to 29th 2019 hosted by UP on the theme of structures services (e.g. IROs) to support international mobility and collaboration on PhD level and on structures/services (Doctoral Schools) to enhance the international quality of the PhD research.
  • Training 3: June 2019 hosted by Stellenbosch University and UCT  on the theme of Developing a toolbox for supervising international PhD students.
  • Training 4: March 2020 hosted by UWC/CPUT on the theme of Research capacity (academic writing, funding application writing, visibility of research, science communication).