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EDUA. University of Alicante's Doctoral School.

Decree by which the creation of the Doctoral School is authorised DOGV 18-11-2013

The integration of the Spanish university system in the shaping of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has meant a profound transformation in all the aspects of the Spanish university structure. While the early years of the Bologna process were focused on the introduction and consolidation of the undergraduate and Master’s programmes, already in 2003, on the occasion of the Berlin meeting, doctoral programmes were formally introduced in that process as postgraduate education and, thereafter, becoming an increasing priority. 

The European Research Area (ERA), launched in 2001, is an initiative of the European Union with the participation of around three quarters of the 46 countries that are part of the EHEA. Its objectives focus on achieving an area without frontiers for research and knowledge exchange in Europe, as well as in the increase of investment in research. These facts have led to an increasing attention to the Doctoral cycle from the Ministers of Education. 

In this sense, aware of the need to promote closer links between the EHEA and the ERA in a Europe of knowledge as well as the importance of research as a core part of higher education in the European context, the Ministers stressed -in the Bergen Communiqué in 2005- the relevance of both research training and research itself, while recognising the need to improve synergies between higher education and research. 

Based on the work of the European University Association (EUA), the statements of subsequent meetings, including that of London in 2007, or the seminar held in Finland in 2008, have highlighted the importance of research as both a foundation and goal in PhD programmes, along with the important role that doctoral candidates are expected to play in all the sectors of society and economy. 

In this context, the Royal Decree 99/2011 of 28 January, by which the official doctoral programmes are regulated, envisages the creation of Doctoral Schools by the universities, in accordance with the provisions of its statues, in the regulations of their respective regions and in the Royal Decree, in order to organise doctoral programmes and activities. 

The Statute of the University of Alicante decrees, in its Title I, Chapter V, Article 27: "The University of Alicante will create doctoral schools in accordance with the provisions of this Statute, of the regional government’s regulations and of the basic legislation, with the aim of organising, within its scope of management, doctoral programmes and activities and, where appropriate, scientific-oriented official university Master's programmes”. Within this framework, the University of Alicante’s Regulations for Official Doctoral Programmes was adopted on 26 July 2012, in which Articles 15 and 18, the general guidelines for the operation of the University Alicante’s Doctoral School are established. 

Therefore, in order to organise the official doctoral studies and the corresponding missions, the University of Alicante has proposed the creation of a Doctoral School, defining its missions, structure and organisation. 

The University of Alicante’s Doctoral School (EDUA) is a centre primarily intended to organise multidisciplinary doctoral programmes at the University of Alicante.

EDUA missions:

a) Organise doctoral programmes within its scope of management. 

b) Prepare the draft with the Internal Rules of Procedures and raise it [to](before) the Governing Council for approval. 

c) Report on the proposed doctoral programmes and raise them to the Governing Council. 

d) Encourage doctoral programmes for standards of excellence. 

e) Promote the Erasmus Mundus actions related to doctoral programmes. 

f) Promote internationalisation and interuniversity relations through the organisation of international and interuniversity doctoral programmes. 

g) Disseminate doctoral programmes both nationally and internationally. 

h) Organise common cross-curricular training activities for all doctoral programmes or grouped by field of knowledge. Such cross- curricular training activities may not exceed a total of forty contact hours spread over the three years of completion of the doctoral thesis. 

i) Register doctoral students, safeguard their academic records and issue certificates. 

j) Accept thesis projects for consideration. 

k) Approve the panels to judge the theses, and set procedural criteria for public defence. 

l) Ensure compliance with the requirements for obtaining international doctoral degrees. 

m) Appoint committees to assess the doctoral special awards. 

n) Organise, where appropriate, Master's degrees focused exclusively on research training. 

o) Establish the mechanisms for the evaluation and monitoring of doctoral students under the regulations of the University of Alicante of 26 July 2012, as well as the procedures in case of conflict and issues affecting the field of intellectual property. 

p) Process the cancellation record of a doctoral programme. 

q) Design the training plan for the supervision of doctoral theses. 

r) Any other duties assigned by the current legislation, the Statutes of the University of Alicante and the Governing Council.

Finally, note that all doctoral programmes of the University of Alicante are integrated within the Strategic Plan for Research, Development and Innovation, which emerges as one of the strategic opportunities identified through the axes of the General Plan of the University of Alicante. The purpose of this Strategic Plan is to establish a framework to enhance the R&D+i of the University of Alicante. For this purpose, a series of measures to improve and position the University of Alicante’s R&D+i strategy both nationally and internationally. Without any doubt, doctoral programmes and internationalisation in this field play a key role

EDUA. University of Alicante Doctoral School


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