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Joanne Byrne

European University Association (EUA)


Joanne Byrne joined EUA in November 2009 and currently serves as Project Officer. She works on projects in the field of doctoral education, including those related to internationalisation, such as the ‘Cooperation on Doctoral Education between Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe’ (CODOC, 2010 - 2012) project and the ‘Framework for the Internationalisation of Doctoral Education’ (2012 – 2015) project. She also supports the activities of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education and has previously been involved in the quality assurance related activities of the association.


The CODOC project (2010 – 2012) took as its starting point the need to develop a new, global approach to doctoral education, taking into account the development of new means of communication and easier physical mobility, but also the need to build research capacity across the world to meet global challenges. In this spirit, the project
attempted to examine and promote creative and mutually beneficial modes of collaboration to foster a more equitable global research community. The project looked
at East Asia, Latin America and Southern Africa, comparing how doctoral education was developing within these regions and relating the findings to developments in

CODOC was funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus programme and the project consortium, led by the European University Association (EUA), included the Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA), the ASEAN University Network (AUN), the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (OUI-IOHE), the Center for Development Research University of Bonn (ZEF), the Karolinska Institute (KI) and the European Union – Latin America Observatory (OBREAL).
With doctoral candidates being one of, if not the, most mobile group within universities, the strategic importance of doctoral education in successfully implementing visions for internationalisation is very high. Successful internationalisation of doctoral education strengthens research, teaching and international outreach of universities. It is hence essential that universities have access to the information and resources necessary to implement their internationalisation strategies for doctoral education. The FRINDOC project (2012 – 2015) aims at providing a comprehensive overview of good practices and valuable experiences for universities. The project will develop a framework containing a statement of good practice on internationalisation and an online tool for universities to aid planning and implementation of internationalisation strategies for doctoral education.

The FRINDOC project is funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus programme and managed by a consortium of six partners, coordinated by EUA, and
including the University of Hong Kong (HKU), Stellenbosch University (SU), Imperial College London (ICL), the University of Bergen (UiB) and the University of Camerino
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