Pre-conference Workshop

Pre-conference Workshop:

Lessons learned from collaborative doctoral education

Monday, 24 April

Prior to the conference, a workshop “Lessons learned from collaborative doctoral education” will be organised on April, 24th, which addresses in particular:

  • Scholars / project leaders/ heads of doctoral schools involved in bi-regional research collaboration in particular in
    • Energy, water and sustainability, from sciences, engineering and social sciences
    • Social sciences contributing to social and economic development
  • PHD candidates and Masters from both regions

Participants will have the opportunity to join the conference. 



Opening: Capacity building in doctoral education: serving local needs, addressing global challenges


Welcome from University Mohammed V, AARU & EUA

Opening keynotes: Capacity building in doctoral education: serving local needs, addressing global challenges

Kenbib, University Mohammed V, Morocco

Melita Kovacevic, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Amr Ezzat Salama, American University of Cairo, Egypt

Chair: Michael Gaebel, European University Association (EUA) 


Plenary 1: Doctoral education in Europe and the Arab region


Overview presentation on different models, development trends, and common challenges in doctoral education, citing case studies from specific systems

Mick Fuller, University Plymouth, UK/former member of the Steering Committee of the EUA-CDE

Chair: Nicolas Patrici, Coordinator of the MIMIr Erasmus + CBHE project, University of Barcelona, Spain

Followed by Q&A


Coffee – Photo


Plenary 2: International collaboration in doctoral education

(including aspects of partnership, mutual benefits, sustainability of relations, funding, alumni relations)

Patricia Rosado Pinto, University Nova Lisboa, Portugal

Rainer Herpers, Hochschule, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg: Opportunity Platform towards transformative higher Education and innovative research Network (OPEN)

Abdallah Al Zoubi, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Jordan

Ghassen Awad, Applied Sciences University, Bahrein

Short inputs: Being an international alumnus/a (4 min each) : Razan Abu Orabi, International Student and (TBC), EUA, Zakaria Baicha, University Mohammed V, Morocco

Chair: Lucas Zinner, University of Vienna, Austria




Breakout sessions: Interdisciplinary and collaborative doctoral education


3 breakout sessions with shorts presentations followed by Q&A and discussion

Session 1: Good practices in managing and professionalising doctoral education

Joan J. Carvajal, Rovira i Virgili University, Spain: Professionalizing the PhD Supervision

Anne Zimmerman, University of Bern, Switzerland: Interdisciplinarity in doctoral education

Christophe de Beauvais, CIFRE Programme: France/Morocco

Chair: Elizabeth Colucci, European University Association (EUA) 

Session 2: Case studies: International collaboration in doctoral education

Lucas Zinner,  University of Vienna, Austria

Lennart Stoy, European University Association, presenting the Universities in Energy Research Platform (UNI-SET)

Chair: Patricia Rosado Pinto, University Nova Lisboa, Portugal

Session 3: Quality in doctoral education: Lessons and practices

Jaques Lanares, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Wail Benjelloun, President, Mediterranean Universities Union (UNIMED)

Chair: Melita Kovacevic, University of Zagreb, Croatia 



Plenary 3: reports, discussion, wrap-up and conclusions

Rapporteurs report from break-out sessions

Main take-aways: Melita Kovacevic, University of Zagreb, Croatia and Arab delegate (tbc)

Chair: Mick Fuller, University of Plymouth, UK


Coffee, networking (Main conference starts at 18.00)