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PThU starts first edition of Initial Graduate School PhD preparation

The first edition of the Initial Graduate School (IGS) started at the PThU in Groningen last week. The IGS started with twenty participants from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Initial Graduate School prepares candidates for PhD

The IGS consists of three intensive courses (Research Design, Research Skills and Research Management) and prepares candidates with a master’s degree for a PhD at the Protestant Theological University.
Through the introduction of the IGS the University aims to offer PhD candidates a more structured and effective pre-phase for PhD studies. For international participants this implies a six weeks’ training and research period in the Netherlands. Although the courses take place in the months of October and November at the PThU in Groningen, the complete IGS can take up to a full academic year, after which the candidate can be formally admitted to the PhD programme.

Yearly Graduate School meeting in Groningen

This week the yearly Graduate School meeting was organised in Groningen as well. This event is organised for all PhD students of the PThU. Several workshops were held, interdisciplinary projects presented and interviews were organised with dr. Rob Compaijen who successfully obtained a Veni grant and serves as an example to PhD students who aim at a career in academia, and on the final day with Professor Joel Robbins, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.