It is important to underline the key role played by the doctoral community in stepping beyond disciplinary boundaries and spearheading cross-disciplinary exchange. The Sorbonne Doctoral College and its pooled offer of interdisciplinary seminars will provide a particularly powerful and effective lever for these exchanges.
Doctoral studies vary across disciplines according to the research methods employed, relationships between PhD students and their supervisors and teaching methods. However, because they all involve the management of an original research project, there are common features that run throughoutall of which could benefit from an exchange of best practices. This is the thinking behind the creation of the Sorbonne Doctoral College.
While respecting the independence of each partner institution, the College is tasked with promoting interdisciplinary training and transferable skills, in line with the "Salzburg II" recommendations of the European University Association Council (EUA) on doctoral education Europe. Underpinning this is the idea that a PhD, whether in science, law, the arts or human sciences, will be significantly more valued if it is prepared in an appropriate research environment and if it combines specialised, multidisciplinary teaching with an original research project.
The aim of the "doctoral policy" is to ensure that research conditions offered at the University are of the highest quality to enable students to maximise their time.
Interdisciplinary seminars will be held to allow doctoral students to exchange with other communities and practice sharing their learning and knowledge and also understand the different approaches pursued in other disciplines.
A range of additional courses will also be offered on a pooled basis by the Doctoral College, allowing PhD students to explore a wealth of options to acquire valuable skills and knowledge in other sciences and gain insight into the major social, economic and industrial challenges facing the world today (technology transfer, business creation, management, and more).
To enable students to take up challenging careers, the College will create additional joint doctoral study programmes.
Efforts will also be made to raise the international profile of the University's doctoral students and to attract top-performing international candidates by developing international doctoral programmes.