New collaboration opens for double PhD for students in Sweden and South Africa
A new form of collaboration between Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and Stellenbosch University in South Africa makes it possible for students to win a double doctoral degree (PhD) awarded by both institutions.
Working for the double doctoral degree will admit students to a PhD programme at both universities, but there will be only one final examination, producing only one thesis. On completing the programme, students will be awarded two equivalent doctoral degrees – one from each institution. PhD students will carry out research at both Karolinska Institutet and Stellenbosch University leading up to the double doctoral degree.
A formal partnership agreement on the new double PhD programme was recently signed by Professor Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson, president of Karolinska Institutet and Professor H. Russel Botman, rector and vice-chancellor of Stellenbosch University.
– Karolinska Institutet has a profound interest in collaborating with Stellenbosch University through educational programmes and in research. The implementation of a double PhD research training programme and a double PhD degree is a good way to increase and formalize collaboration between our institutions, says Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson.
Karolinska Institutet and Stellenbosch University has already a tradition of cooperating in single research projects within several fields, including medicine, biomedicine, biophysics, neurosciences, pharmacology, pharmacy and health care sciences. Within ARCADE, an EU-funded development project that aims to enhance the educational and research potential at African Sub-Saharan universities, there is interest in collaborating on doctoral education with Stellenbosch University.
– This agreement will open possibilities for new and extended collaborations for researchers both at Karolinska Institutet and at Stellenbosch University. It will also give an opportunity for our PhD-students to spend time at a university with very high quality research in fields that are important for Karolinska Institutet, says Professor Anders Gustafsson, dean of doctoral education.
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