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UiB sets new doctorate record

Never before have so many doctorates been awarded at the University of Bergen. The number of international doctorates is also higher than ever before.

Rektor Sigmund Grønmo er svært fornøyd med antallet avlagte doktorgrader....
Rektor Sigmund Grønmo er svært fornøyd med antallet avlagte doktorgrader. Dette bildet er fra doktorpromosjonen i januar i fjor.
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Thor Brødreskift

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254 doctorates were successfully completed at the University of Bergen in 2011. Over a third of these doctorates – 89 in all – were awarded to international students.

Rector Sigmund Grønmo is very satisfied with the figures.

− The large number of foreign doctoral candidates indicates that the UiB is a popular choice amongst international students. Foreign doctoral candidates contribute strongly to the university’s international milieu. Many return to their homeland after they have taken their degree and this helps to strengthen our international relations, says Grønmo.

Integrated with research

Rector Grønmo believes that there are several reasons for the increase in the number of doctorates. One of them is our increased focus on the quality of doctoral programmes.

− Doctoral programmes are quite well integrated with the academic community’s research, and we have also prepared a plan of action for training researchers, which places particular emphasis on measures that will strengthen institutional responsibility for the various courses that are on offer and also for supervision, he says.

At the same time, the UiB has established a number of research schools to ensure that doctoral candidates are given better follow-up. Grønmo explains that the university is committed to improving the quality of research training, and hopes that this will lead to even more UiB doctorates in the future.

More women

158 candidates received a doctorate at the UiB in 2005 and nearly a third of these candidates were women. The number of female candidates has increased considerably since then and  about half of today's doctoral candidates are women.

− The gender balance is of course very important, but it also plays a role in helping to increase the number of female candidates and improving the gender balance of the university’s permanent academic positions, says Grønmo.