News release

From Industry Doctoral Training Centre (IDTC)

16 March 2011

Extending the professional recognition of our engineering doctorate students across Europe

The University’s Industry Doctoral Training Centre (IDTC) hosted a two-day workshop in early March aimed at developing Europe-wide recognition for doctoral degrees involving industry engagement and/or sponsorship.  In particular, ensuring parity of perception with other doctorates.  It was attended by representatives from universities in Sweden, the Netherlands, and the UK as well as the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The discussions were led by Professor Kees van Hee (TU Eindhoven, NL).

Professor Hannu Tenhunen (KTH, Sweden and EIT ICT Labs Education Director) and Professor Jaap van der Heijden (TU Eindhoven and EIT ICT Labs) presented their vision of the future of European education for innovation at doctoral level. Professor Pieter Swinkels (TU Delft, NL) and Dr Anna Barney (Associate Dean, Education for the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, Southampton) explained how the UK Engineering Doctorate Programme and the Dutch Professional Doctorate in Engineering might together form the basis of such a degree. Dr Les Carr, Director of Southampton’s Web Science Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) explained how the University’s current DTC provision enabled the development of a cohort of highly skilled inter-disciplinary students.

Dr Anna Barney comments “This is an exciting initiative with potential to extend the professional recognition of our engineering doctorate students right across Europe.”

The discussions also included representatives from (University of Twente, NL), UCL and the University of Bristol.

The next meeting will be hosted by EIT in Brussels in June.

For more information:
Dr Anna Barney
Associate Dean, Education Faculty of Engineering and the Environment
Ab3@soton.ac.uk 
T: 023 8058 3734