Changes in Doctoral Education Worldwide: Past Differences, Current Commonalities, and Future Trends
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
This event is free and open to the public.
Maresi Nerad will present a synthesis of her forthcoming book, Toward a Global PhD? Forces and Forms in Doctoral Education Worldwide (University of Washington Press, April 2008), and her pngoing research on this topic.
In comparing trends in 14 countries, Nerad has identified the emergence of a truly global system of doctoral education. This common model retains contribution to knowledge as central in defining the doctorate and seeks in a variety of ways to link doctoral education more closely to contemporary societal and economic needs. The commonalities emerging show that doctoral education in most countries is responsive to market demands and commoditization of doctoral degrees, and that there is a global need to confront new problems with new ways of doing research.