The Decree of 7 November 2013 defines the landscape of higher education and the academic studies organisation. The PhD corresponds to the third level of higher education and doctoral trainings are supervised by groups who join in Graduate Schools accredited by the ARES (Academy of Research and Higher Education) on the advice of the Chambre thématique universitaire.

There is 21 Graduate Colleges (EDs) by field of study, at the proposal of the FNRS.

As of 2005, the Committee of Graduate Colleges of the FNRS has accredited, basing itself on the opinion of the EDs, around fifty Graduate Schools (EDTs) in order to better correspond to the organisation of research and to guarantee the quality of doctoral training programmes. These EDTs come under one or several EDs. Just one of them requested its dissolution, the EDT in Geography of which the PhD students found a sufficient amount of training courses within other EDTs in the domain.

Over the years, the Commission of the EDs has observed that when examining activity reports, a professionnalisation, a standardisation and an internationalisation of the work carried out by the graduate schools, as well as the fact that the EDTs were on the right scale. It was happy to observe that the majority of schools have included PhD students in their scientific council.

Each year the F.R.S.-FNRS awards a total budget of approximately 180,000 € to finance the activities of the EDs and EDTs; the distribution between the Schools is partly linked to the number of doctors trained over the past 5 years.

The Decree of 7 November 2013 defines the landscape of higher education and the academic studies organisation. The PhD corresponds to the third level of higher education and doctoral trainings are supervised by groups who join in Graduate Schools accredited by the ARES (Academy of Research and Higher Education) on the advice of the Chambre thématique universitaire.

 

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