EUA Council for Doctoral Education

New EUA-CDE report: Tracking the careers of doctorate holders

27 October 2020

EUA-CDE has published a new report on the findings of the 2019 Thematic Peer Group on “Career Development and Tracking in Doctoral Education”.

The report summarises the group’s discussions about the importance of collecting career data at the doctoral level and explains the main reasons for carrying out tracking activities.

It provides an overview of the different career tracking activities in place at the institutions represented in the Thematic Peer Group and it underlines the key challenges and limitations associated with tracking. The report also presents a number of the specific tracking methods currently in place at European universities.

The final part of the report offers suggestions for those universities that are in the process of implementing a career tracking strategy or that want to advance their practices in this area.

This Thematic Peer Group gathered 14 representatives from EUA-CDE member universities and was active between March 2019 and January 2020. The preliminary outcomes of these meetings were showcased at the 2020 EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop, hosted by the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in Georgia on 23-24 January.