-All about the PhD students
-It is all about the PhD students, Peder Olesen Larsen said at the conference on quality assessment arranged by NorFA and Danish Research Agency on 3rd November. Olesen Larsen presented his analysis of Nordic co-operation on quality assessment in research training.
-We should not copy the American research training system, but we should know what we are up against, stated Olesen Larsen. He thinks the responsibilities for research training should be clearly distributed, and exist at anational as well as an institutional level. In addition, quality assessment should have determined objectives and foreseeable consequenses.
Olesen Larsen does not recommend the establishment of a Nordic platform for quality assessment and quality assessment from above sould never replace the one within the institutions. However, he feels that the Nordic countries have a lot to learn from each other and that a lot can be gained from removing bureaucratic barriers for co-operation.