New Regulations for PhDs
Interested in finding out more about PhD Charter and new regulations for PhDs?
On 19th February 2014, Prof. Dr. Ed Brinksma, Rector Magnificus of the University of Twente, and Dr. Paul van Dijk, project manager of TGS, gave an outline of the new regulations for current and future PhD candidates at the University of Twente. Here is a summary:
•All PhDs will register in ProDoc, a progress monitoring application aimed to improve the supervision and planning of the PhD program.
oPhDs employed before 1st January 2014 will be registered in ProDoc, but don’t have requirements concerning the PhD Charter (30 ECTS).
oPhDs employed after 1st January 2014 will be registered in ProDoc and are required to follow the PhD Charter, i.e. to obtain 30 ECTS via courses, summer schools, conferences or workshops.
•ProDoc contains 5 workflows:
oThe intake interview.
oThe Training and Supervision Plan, with educational program. This should be drafted within 3 months after the start of the PhD and should be updated regularly.
oThe Qualifier after 6-9 months of starting the PhD program, with 3 months optional improvement period. A successful qualifier leads to the continuation of the PhD program for another 3 years. An unsuccessful qualifier leads to the termination of the PhD program.
oSubsequent 2nd and 3rd yearly appraisals: evaluation interviews.
oGraduation Protocol by the Doctoral Board.
•After 1st March 2014, new Doctoral Regulations will take effect for all new PhD graduations.
•After 1st January 2015, all PhD graduations must be processed through ProDoc.