DocHub Project

Structuring cooperation in doctoral research, transferrable skills training, and academic writing instruction in Ukraine's regions

This project aims to accelerate national implementaton of Bologna-style 3rd cycle programs in Ukraine by building enabling structures (MinEdu regulations and university-level Codes of Practice), and to aggregate critical mass (integrating the resources of Academy of Sciences research institutes and the teaching and research capacities of universities) for PhD education.

Within the lifetime of the project, inter-HEI cooperation in PhD training is to become institutionalized through the creation of research training clusters focussed around university-based hubs (Doctoral Schools / DocHubs) that provide teaching and administrative infrastructure in 5 regional centers: west, center, east, south, and south-east. Teaching in each DocHub will focus on a speciality subject area, and on transferrable skills (e.g. presentations, project management, etc.), and on academic writing for publication. The course curricula and trainings will be delivered in a blended learning format enabling flexibility and distance learning, thus increasing the geographic catchment areas of each DocHub. The adoption of appropriate regulatory documents by cluster participants (and their agreement with MinEdu and other Ministries) will enable licensing and accreditation of joint PhD programs and PhD programs with transfer credit components, and financial transfer of state funds between HEIs.

Key project objectives:

  • establish 5 inter-HEI thematic research networks, integrated through co-supervision of PhD students;
  • establish 5 inter-HEI Doctoral Schools as research training and admin hubs;
  • design and pilot PhD-level transferrable skills and speciality courses according to EU standards;
  • eEstablish infrastructure for academic writing instruction enabling training of researchers to C1 level of proficiency;
  • adopt HEI-level, Gov't, MinEdu and NAQA regulations enabling agregation of critical mass through mobility and inter-HEI cooperation in PhD training.