218 new PhDs conferred at UiB

In 2014, 218 new doctorates were conferred at the University of Bergen.

PhD students from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the doctor promotion in Håkon’s Hall in August 2014.
NEW PROUD DOCTORS: PhD students from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the doctor promotion in Håkon’s Hall in August 2014.
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As in the last few years, there was a good balance between the genders among the PhD graduates. Of the 218 new PhDs at the University of Bergen (UiB) in 2014, there were 111 men and 107 women. This underlines the gender balance that UiB strives to achieve among staff and graduates.


An international university

Among the 218 new PhDs there were 77 international students, coming from 38 different countries, which highlights the international commitment that is an integral part of the research and education offered at UiB.

“Research is international, and mobility is essential to achieve the optimal results. For UiB it is of great importance to advertise our PhD graduate programme internationally in order to recruit the best candidates,” says Rector Dag Rune Olsen.


Building capacity worldwide

The rector points out that the university also has a mission in society when it comes to capacity-building in developing countries. Many of the freshly conferred doctorates from UiB return to their home countries to contribute to the building of knowledge and civil society.

Another important advantage of educating international doctors is that this contributes towards building strong international research networks.

“All PhD graduates from UiB automatically are part of our alumni network. As such, they can contribute to the global research collaborations our university has with some of the finest experts in a number of academic disciplines,” says Olsen.


UiB’s responsibility for educating doctors

The rector is satisfied that last year’s doctorates cover disciplines across the spectrum at UiB, which prides itself with the comprehensive research and education on offer.

“There are currently many important processes in the higher education sector, both in Norway and internationally”, says Rector Olsen. “In light of the on-going national debate on the organisational structure of higher education and research, it is crucial that we as a research-intensive university take a great deal of responsibility for the PhD education in Norway. Not the least in terms of providing a comprehensive offer across the academic spectrum.”

UiB offers doctoral programmes in the humanities, law studies, natural sciences, medicine and dentistry, psychology and social sciences.