The project “Promoting Collaborative Doctoral Education for Enhanced Career Opportunities” (DOC-CAREERS II) looked at how universities work with their business and other non-university partners in establishing and taking forward research projects in the framework of doctoral education.
This report points to the existence of a variety of collaborative models, shaped by the characteristics of the research project, the profile of the university and the company, and the regional context. The potential importance of collaborative doctoral education for regional development is highlighted. It demonstrates that the establishment of university-business partnerships is based upon proximity among the different partners (e.g. geographical proximity, shared language), a common understanding of the regional context, and the presence of appropriate policies and legal frameworks which are all important elements in developing and sustaining successful partnerships.9789078997559