Tracking the Careers of Doctorate Holders: EUA-CDE Thematic Peer Group Report

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European University Association have released a report which analyses the careers of doctorate holders. In recent years, European universities and other stakeholders have taken interest in career tracking in doctoral education as one of the ways to better understand the potential professional future of doctoral candidates.

This report reflects the outcomes of the work of the EUA-CDE Thematic Peer Group on “Career Development and Tracking in Doctoral Education”.

It presents the findings of the group’s discussions on the importance of data collection on the multiple career destinations of doctorate holders and it explains why universities are interested in this topic.

With findings gathered from 14 universities across Europe, this report provides an overview of the different career tracking activities in place at the participating universities. It also underlines the key challenges associated with following the career paths of doctorate holders.

The report also introduces relevant points for those institutions interested in developing their own career tracking strategy or that want to improve current methods. It also offers case studies based on good practices implemented at the Thematic Peer Group members’ institutions.

Careers of Doctorate Holders


The European University Association (EUA) represents more than 800 universities and national rectors’ conferences in 48 European countries. EUA plays a crucial role in the Bologna Process and in influencing EU policies on higher education, research and innovation. Through continuous interaction with a range of other European and international organisations, EUA ensures that the independent voice of European universities is heard.

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EUA provides unrivalled opportunities for members to share best practices by participating in projects, events and other mutual-learning activities involving a wide range of universities. The Association also provides members with unique opportunities to shape European policies and initiatives affecting higher education and research.


Gemma Creagh

NUIG 164-20 Postdoctoral Researcher, I-Form Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing in Ireland, College of Engineering
Four MIC Postgraduate Students Awarded Government of Ireland Scholarships


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