VUB highlights the importance of quality assurance in doctoral education in the 3rd EU-China DOC Conference and Workshop held in Shanghai

The 3rd EU-China DOC Conference and Workshop -held on 14-15 November 2014- was hosted by Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU). It has welcomed about 60 participants and experts in doctoral education from the EU, China and other parts of the world.

Prof. dr. Paul De Knop, Rector of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, gave the opening and welcome speech during the Opening Ceremony of the EU-China DOC conference. He stressed that the quality of Doctoral Education is a critical issue for education and research as doctoral education is research-based. Doctoral education is also a crucial stage of high-level training for developing highly skilled, competent, and knowledgeable academic and professional personnel in various fields. Prof. dr. Zhen Huang, Vice President of Shanghai Jiaotong University, opened the EU-China DOC conference on behalf of Shanghai Jiaotong University and welcomed all the delegates from Europe, China and other parts of the world to join the conference and the EU-China Forum for Doctoral Education.

2 1

The Chair of University Council of SJTU, Prof. Jiang Sixian, also met the VUB delegation led by Rector Prof. De Knop. Prof. Jiang Sixian stresses the collaboration between SJTU and VUB and congratulates the successful organization of the EU-China DOC conference and workshop at SJTU. Prof. De Knop also emphasized the importance of cooperation with SJTU in Master and Doctoral Education and academic exchanges in various fields.