EU Commission: Changing research environment

05.08.2003
The development of adequate research training in Europe is growing increasingly important in order for Europe to meet the estimate of 700.000 researchers, as outlined in the communication "Investing in research: an action plan for Europe".
The development of adequate research training in Europe is growing increasingly important in order for Europe to meet the estimate of 700.000 researchers, as outlined in the communication "Investing in research: an action plan for Europe".

In the Commission‘s communication of July 18th 2003, "Researchers in the European Research area: One profession, multiple careers", it is stressed that the different universities have a central role in the training of the researchers, however, it is uncertain if the universities have the abiliy to satisfy the needs of the industry. It is supposed that the candidates with PhDs are too specialised, wich leads to the industry preferring those without a degree.

Therefore the PhD candidates shoul be trained to take part in the activities of the industry and not only the ones in academia. This will mean a radical change for academia, as the students now should be trained in employment related skills such as research management, communication, networking and team work. In this way the candidates are more prepared for the uncertain employment market of today, the Commission proposes.

Read the communication.
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