More than 40 per cent international PhDs at UiB

More than 40 per cent of the doctorates conferred at the University of Bergen in the spring semester 2014 were international students. A total of 116 doctorates were granted in the semester.

Recently conferred doctors at the University of Bergen's doctor promotion in January 2014 at Håkonshallen in Bergen.
GRAND CEREMONY: The so-called doctor promotion is arranged at the University of Bergen at the beginning of each semester. This is when the conferred doctorates from the previous semester receive their diplomas. The photo is from the doctor promotion in January 2014.
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A doctoral degree represents the premier education a university offers. On 29 August, UiB celebrates all the conferred doctorates from the spring semester 2014.

“Once again we look forward to welcoming our recent PhD graduates for our ceremony in Håkonshallen,” says Rector Dag Rune Olsen about the so-called doctor promotion, which is UiB’s way of celebrating the new doctors. “This is one of the central ceremonies at the University of Bergen. A highlight at the beginning of each semester.”

International doctorates on the rise

As in the past few years, there is a high proportion of international students who have finished their PhD at UiB. And this time the number has risen above 40 per cent of the new doctorates.

“Recruiting talented people from all over the world is important for a university that has ambitions on the global stage,” says Rector Olsen, “and the fact that 42 per cent of those conferred in the spring semester are from countries other than Norway shows that we are attractive to international students and scholars.”

An overall decrease

Whereas the percentage of international doctorates keeps rising, the number for the spring semester 2014 is lower than the numbers in spring 2013, when 155 new doctorates were conferred – a new record.

According to Rector Olsen, this overall decrease partly has to do with a reduction in available PhD positions and partly with a conversion of PhD positions into postdoctoral fellowships, as UiB tries to provide more young talents with positions after graduation.

(Translated from the Norwegian by Sverre Ole Drønen.)