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Time and timing in doctoral education: Thoughts from the 2022 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting

Caroline Betto-Colliard, CUSO

The 15th Annual Meeting of the Council for Doctoral Education of the European University Association (EUA-CDE) was held at Manchester last June. This conference addressed the question of time and timing in the thesis, and took a close look at this key issue for doctoral education. The CUSO team had the chance to attend this Annual Meeting and we would like to take the opportunity to share with you some thoughts we took back with us. 

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Word from Kilian Winz, representative of the doctoral students

Kilian Winz

My dear fellow doctoral students,

You first elected me in 2018 to represent you on the CUSO Coordination and Management Commission before re-electing me in 2020 for a second term. As I am about to complete my PhD thesis this summer, I will not be seeking re-election. I would like to take this opportunity to say a few words to express my gratitude for the four years I have spent defending our interests.

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CUSO by numbers

Caroline Betto-Colliard, Denis Billotte & Pauline Fritsch, CUSO

CUSO is a joint organization of the universities of French-speaking Switzerland, whose mission is to offer doctoral training programs to the largest possible number of doctoral candidates in the network. You may be familiar with one or more of these doctoral programs. But what do you know quantitatively about CUSO, its offer and its operations? From a series already published on Twitter, this post provides some answers... in numbers!

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Doing a PhD …and then what ? CUSO’s new series on the after thesis

Ilaria Orsi, Caroline Betto-Colliard & Denis Billotte, CUSO

The number of doctoral degrees awarded in Switzerland continues to grow, and statistics show that after obtaining the title the majority of graduates work in a non-academic field (public or private). It is also well documented that it is possible to move back and forth between the academic and extra-academic worlds.

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"My thesis in 180 seconds": entertainment, communication and doctoral education

Denis Billotte, CUSO

The original article is published in "The Doctoral Debate", blog of the Council for Doctoral Education of the European University Association (EUA-CDE).

Link to the article:,-communication-and-doctoral-education.html

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