Monday, 30 September, 2013 to Friday, 30 September, 2016

The EUCNDOC project: Enhancing the visibility of European Higher education and strengthening the dialogue and cooperation with Chinese stakeholders in the field of doctoral education is one of the seven Erasmus Mundus Action 3 projects selected for funding by the European Commission in July 2013.

Relevant UNICA working group: PhD Officers

Coordinator: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (UNICA member)

UNICA's role: Dissemination and Exploitation


Aim and general description:

The EUCNDOC is a three-year project which will be carried out from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2016. The overall project aims are to increase the awareness and knowledge about European Higher Education among Chinese higher education actors and to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between European and Chinese stakeholders in the field of doctoral education.

Prof. dr. Chang Zhu, Director of the EU-China Higher Education Research Center (ECHE), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, is the coordinator of the project. ECHE is a cooperation platform aiming to facilitate cooperation and collaboration in the field of higher education in the EU and China. In this project, ECHE is responsible for the overall management of the EUCNDOC project.

In the project, UNICA plays a very important role in bringing together European key actors in doctoral education, and is responsible for project's dissemination and exploitation both within Europe and internationally.

This project aims to enhance the mutual understanding of doctoral education between the EU and China, facilitate dialogue and specific cooperation between European and Chinese stakeholders in doctoral education, promote the exchange of views on critical issues regarding doctoral education (such as the objectives, process, supervision, the structures and employability), and finally to identify drivers and barriers of the EU-China cooperation in the field of doctoral education, doctoral mobility, and doctoral supervision. The project can deepen understanding and mutual trust by supporting doctoral exchanges between the two strategic partners.


EUCNDOC supports the new pillar of the EU-China cooperation and the People-to-People Dialogue. It opens up space for dialogue and cooperation on a wide range of issues related to doctoral education, bringing real benefits to both European and Chinese higher education institutions, policy makers, students, supervisors, employers, and relevant players.




Project status: 
Completed Projects
UNICA as Partner