ERASMUS STAFF MOBILITY WEEK 2011 (April 11-15) Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes Alessandra SABATINI, Paola GRASSO Ph.D. Office What is a Ph.D.? The Ph.D. (in italian “Dottorato di ricerca”) is a post-graduate academic degree awarded by universities. In Italy, it is an academic title awarded at the end of a course of not less than three years, admission to which is based on entrance examinations. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 3 What is a Ph.D.? In order to be admitted to a Ph.D. programme, without age or citizenship limits, candidates must hold: • an Italian university degree (4 years) • an Italian university degree (3+2 years) • an academic degree awarded by a foreign Institution or University, validated as equivalent to an Italian degree by the relevant academic authorities. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 4 What is a Ph.D.? The number of places on offer each year and details of the entrance examinations are set out in the “Call for application”, published every year in our Website. The Ph.D. is addressed to students whose main interest is high level research and it aims at preparing them to be employed in Universities, public corporations and private enterprises, equipped with research departments. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 5 What is a Ph.D.? In our University, a Ph.D. lasts three academic years. At the end of the programme, the Ph.D. student will have to defend his/her dissertation in front of an examination Committee and then he/she become a Dottore di Ricerca. It is possible to apply only for graduated students and after passing a competition. A foreign degree will be recognized just in order to be admitted to the Ph.D. course. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 6 The Three-Cycle System in Italy First Cycle Degree Courses (3 years) Second Cycle Degree Courses (2 years) Third Cycle Ph.D.s (3 years) Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes Second Cycle First Level Professional Masters Third Cycle Second Level Professional Masters 04/10/2015 Pagina 7 Ph.D. Office The Ph.D. office deals with all information and administrative procedures related to the career of the students. A Ph.D. is the highest qualification awarded under the Italian academic system and aims to provide students with the necessary skills to carry out highly qualifying research for Universities, public bodies or private individuals. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 8 Ph.D. Office Every year, our University offers over 150 Ph.D. Programmes, six of which are International Ph.Ds. The complete list of the new academic programmes for every academic year and the timetable for the admission tests are available on our website, in the “Call for application”. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 9 Organization chart of the Ph.D. Office Head Office Of The Ph.D. Office Dr.ssa Romina Caronna 1° Administrative Unit 2° Administrative Unit Gabriella Barbera Maria Luisa Rocco Paola Grasso Alessandra Sabatini Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 3° Administrative Unit Stefania Roffi Gabriella Rusch 04/10/2015 Technical Support Pietro Gabrielli Pagina 10 Ph.D. Office • Front Office: the office is open to the public everyday, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8,30 to 12,00 and on Tuesday and Thursday from 14,30 to 16,30. Since this year, we give at each Ph.D. student a questionnaire to assess the Customer Satisfaction for improving our service. • Back Office: it refers basically to relationship management with other Offices, other Departments and with the Ph.D. Coordinator of each Course. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 11 The work of Ph.D. The Back-Office refers also to: • Provide clear and complete information concerning application forms, initiatives and services for Ph.D. students. • Provide assistance concerning administrative procedures, in particular concerning call for application, research programme and periods of study and research abroad. • Promote every kind of activities, events and services for Ph.D. and foreign students. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 12 Ph.D. Courses Admission rules are based on different policies, depending on the specific course of study: • free access (for an unlimited number of students) but with mandatory entrance test • restricted access (for a limited number of students, as specified each year in the “Call for application”). The prevalence of the courses belongs to the Doctoral Schools, currently 20. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 13 Doctoral Schools The Doctoral Schools are structures whose objective is the promotion, organization and management of all activities connected to their research doctorates on the basis of consistent, generally accepted cultural features realized through uniform survey methods and training paths. Such Doctoral Schools are responsible for the coordination, innovation and control of the teaching and scientific activity of each single doctorate. The Schools are also responsible for determining what doctorates to run on a yearly basis and to ensure their uniformity according to consistent, logical and economical criteria. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 14 INTERNATIONAL PH.D’S PROGRAMMES Mainly, there are three different type of activities: • Call for Applications to fellowships and admission of Foreign Nationals Educated Abroad • Agreement for joint research Doctoral Thesis • Inter-Institutional Agreement for International PhDs Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 15 Call for Applications to fellowships and admission of Foreign Nationals Educated Abroad The University of Rome “La Sapienza” offers some three year full-time post-graduate PhD positions with fellowship for attaining the degree of “Dottore di Ricerca” (Ph.D.) in the Doctoral Schools. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 16 Admissions To be accepted in a doctoral programme, candidates have to participate in a call for applications based on examination and/or qualifications’ evaluation. Applications must be submitted online according to yearly announcements. More details about Ph.D. programmes, number of positions and scholarships, deadlines for applications, examination and enrolment procedures, are specified in each announcement. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 17 Admission requirements for foreign students For foreign students, applications are opened to candidates who: 1. are not Italian citizens 2. are not residents of Italy 3. have obtained an academic qualification abroad by a non-Italian institution which satisfies the entrance requirements for admission to the Doctoral Programme, a degree equivalent to the Italian title. The equivalence of each qualification to the relevant Italian degree will be verified, for the sole purpose of this competition, by the Academic Board of the Schools. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 18 Selection and admissions Applications will be evaluated on the basis of some documents. Successful applicants will be assigned to a Doctoral School. Each Doctoral School will decide in which Programme, within those belonging to each School, to enroll the candidate on the basis of both his/her preferences and interests. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 19 Attainment of Ph.D. Students must attend the courses and the seminars offered by their Programme, pass the related examinations, and prepare a Ph.D. final defense, which must have original results. The Ph.D. title is obtained at the end of the third year, after the candidate dissertation and its positive evaluation made by an independent Jury appointed by the Rector. The defense may be delayed with the approval of the School authorities, but not for more than one year. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 20 Ph.D. Thesis "En-Cotutelle" The "Co-tutelle de Thèse" is a useful opportunity to improve and enforce the international dimension of doctoral studies. The key feature of this program is that PhD students can carry out their doctoral course and their research projects in part in the foreign country institution and in part in this University, under the joint supervision of two supervisors (one for each university involved). It allows the students to achieve a degree in both universities partners and to obtain an academic degree valid in both countries after spending a period of study and research abroad . Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 21 Ph.D. Thesis "En-Cotutelle" The Co-tutelle is activated after the approval of the Commission of the single Ph.D. Course, during the first year but the Academic Board may approve it even for PHD students enrolled in the 2nd year of the course for thesis of particular scientific interest. In this case, the Academic Board must also approve one academic year of extension for the defense of the thesis. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 22 Ph.D. Thesis "En-Cotutelle" It is possible to set up a co-tutoring Doctorate with any foreign academic Institution. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 23 Ph.D. Thesis "En-Cotutelle" • • • • • • • FRANCE GERMANY SPAIN CROAZIA PORTUGAL BELGIUM NETHERLANDS ARGENTINA AUSTRALIA CHILE CHINA MEXICO TUNISIA USA …and many more… Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 24 INTER-INSTITUTIONAL AGREEMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL PHD COURSES Following the guidelines of Bologna Process in 1999, Sapienza University started the path toward the internationalization of doctoral programs, aware of the importance of the strategic role that Ph.D. plays in the creation of high level and competitive researchers. Sapienza Commission for PhD – in collaboration with Ph.D. Office and the Division for International Relations - has worked to provide flexible tools to facilitate the launch of new Institutional AGREEMENTS aimed at promoting International Ph.D. courses Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 25 INTER-INSTITUTIONAL AGREEMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL PHD COURSES In order to facilitate the process of internationalization - and also to monitor it - the Commission has approved a new draft for InterInstitutional Agreements for International joint PHD Courses. According to the specific agreements signed by partner institutions, joint doctoral programs can also lead to a joint PhD degree or to a degree awarded separately by two or more institutions partner (double / multiple degrees). The specific aspects of the programmes, such as a joint call for application, exams of admission, training and final defence of the PhD thesis until the issue of a joint degree are pointed out in the agreement which is very versatile and may have many uses and applications. It can be easily adapted to the rules and regulations of the partner universities. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 26 The Doctor Europaeus designation The Confederation of European Union Rectors’ Conferences (today EUA – European University Association) has drawn up a common ”European doctorate” brand. Students who are interested in applying for this label must ask the Ph.D. Coordinator for the procedure. This designation can be added to a national doctorate, which was obtained fulfilling four conditions. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 27 The Doctor Europaeus designation 1. The Ph.D. defense will be accorded if at least two professors from two higher education institutions of two European countries, other than the one where the Ph.D. thesis will be defended, have given their judgment concerning the manuscript. 2. At least one member of the jury should come from a higher education institution in European countries, other than the one, where the Ph.D. thesis will be defended. 3. Part of the defense must take place in one of the official languages, other than the one’s of the country, where the Ph.D. thesis will be defended. 4. The Ph.D. thesis must partly have been prepared as a result of a period of research of at least one trimester spent in another European country. Post-graduate Ph.D. Programmes 04/10/2015 Pagina 28 Thank you for your attention!