Guidelines to standardise the methodological approach among partners for designing the training units

At this stage of the project’s implementation, the partners involved in defining the models for designing the training and research units and for specifying the related training and mentoring methods and tools. The training units were assigned to the partners in order to elaborate proposals.

Structure of PhD path

The graphic template below was provided to each partner in order to fill in, that actually reflects  each partner’s idea of macro structure (considering the duration and the rules applied in your university):

An example of how to be filled in is shown in the table that follows. In the relevant columns the responsible person of each university writes down the number of compulsory and elective courses as well, and the number of credit units that are assigned to them, depending on their academic credit system.

Following the joint work carried out, the partners created a three-level path. The third level (Gienahs Training)  provides a series of seminars / workshops specifically dedicated to the theme of R&D in SMEs.  The aim of this research was to equip the young researcher with a set of knowledge on transversal managerial issues that is necessary to deal with, with a more customized preparation, the research project in the specific cultural and organizational context of SMEs.

Partner countries contributed to the development of training and research unit concept models, as well as the development of relevant training and guidance methods and tools. Taking into account previous studies conducted, the partners concluded that it is important to focus GIENAHS training on transferable skills.

Training Units

According to the most recent literature on doctoral education (EUA papers, Doc- career workshops and the Tuning project), training in generic competences and transferable skills is something that doctoral programmes need. In addition, at the first Doc-Career Workshop, participants were invited to identify similarities and specificities in skills and competences in a range of disciplines (Sciences, Technology and Engineering; Social Sciences and Economics; Biotechnology, Life and Medical Sciences). The workshop resulted in the identification of a group of core generic competences common to all fields that could increase the employability of the learner, also outside the academic context. These competences are related to communication, negotiation and management skills, the ability to apply creative thinking and the capacity to adapt to business contexts and deal with complex and multidisciplinary work.

Based on the JOIMAN sample, the development of transferable skills and competences in the context of employability and career prospects in the private and public sectors seems to be reinforced by joint doctoral programmes that usually involve an organised critical mass of candidates who are more likely to be trained in transferable skills than individual candidates taking a traditional doctorate.

Based on the template below, the partner implemented the minimum courses, seminars, workshops that must be considered mandatory, at country level, in order to train the basic skills and to characterize the new Industrial Doctrine path for SMEs. 

This training units template presents the potential training offer for both compulsory and elective courses, taking into account the 4 areas mentioned above.