Nordic PhD programmes?

22.10.2007
Nordic PhD programmes was one of the ideas to emerge from a workshop about Nordic centres of knowledge in a globalised world, 18-19 October, in Copenhagen. The Norwegian MP Rolf Reikvam, member of the Nordic Council, would like to see a more strategic approach to the structure of research environments: - NordForsk could be an important stakeholder. However, this would call for large grants.
The world of research and training is changing rapidly. Head of Department Gard Titlestad of the Nordic Council of Ministers spoke, for example, of the top British universities which are beginning to feel the pressure of strong competition from universities in Asia.

"China is busy attracting the most cosmopolitan groups of knowledge workers. Many Chinese who have studied in the West have been making their way home in recent years. Globalisation is here to stay, a fact that poses major challenges for the research, education and training sector in the Nordic Region."

Another speaker at the informal workshop, which was envisaged as a think-tank for new and potentially non-PC ideas, was the Norwegian MP Rolf Reikvam, who is a member of the Nordic Council. He would like to see a more strategic approach to the structure of research environments.

"NordForsk could be an important stakeholder. However, this would call for large grants - perhaps the Nordic countries could pay some kind of subscription fee."

Christian Möller of the Nordic Council of Ministers spoke about the success of the new Nordic masters‘ programme, and the idea emerged from the discussion of also introducing Nordic PhD programmes.
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