Webinar on Double Degrees in Doctoral Education in an Indo-Finnish Context

The webinar on Double Degrees in Doctoral Education aims to provide information on the essential tools and processes involved in developing dual degree programmes in doctoral education in the IITs (Indian Institutes for Technology)-Finnish Universities collaboration context. This is also relevant for other Indian higher education institutions to understand the collaboration models in doctoral education with Finnish universities.
Webinar on Double Degrees in Doctoral Education

The webinar is beneficial for academics and researchers at large from India and Finland to understand the common practices and important agreements involved in developing dual degrees in doctoral education. It also helps to recognize possible challenges and best practices in developing joint programmes, especially in the doctoral education.

The intended outcomes of this webinar are,

  • Developing a deeper understanding of models, possibilities, and challenges to develop joint doctoral education and
  • Creating close connections among service/academic peers interested in developing joint doctoral education

Please register through the link by 12.00 EET on 8.2.23. We will send you the calendar invitation following your registration. If you are already a part of FICORE email lists or FICORE Teams channel, you do not have to register separately.


Time (EET) Time (IST) Programme
9.00 12.30

Welcome and setting the context. Kit Srinivasan, Coordinator-FICORE

9.05 12.35

Piloting a Double Degree between Aalto University School of Science & IIT Madras

Keynote from Professor Robin Ras, Aalto University School of Science

9.15 12.45 Q&A
    Essential Agreements for Double Degree Arrangements
9.20 12.50

Introduction to Joint Doctoral Partnerships (JDPs) 

Vani Samuel, Senior Executive Officer - University Partnerships, IIT Madras

9.35 13.05

An introduction to Cotutelles

Dr. Emma Holmlund, Planning officer, Doctoral Education, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering

9.50 13.20 Q&A
    Institutional  processes for establishing a Double Degree
10.00 13.30

Process at IIT Palakkad

Kavitha GR, Manager, International and Alumni Relations, IIT Palakkad

10.15 13.45

Process at the University of Oulu

Dr. Karita Saravesi, UniOGS coordinator, University of Oulu Graduate School

10.30 14.00 Q&A
    Best practice models
10.40 14.10

IIT Delhi’s experience with Joint Ph.D. programs  with UQ and NCTU

Prof. Shantanu Roy, Institute Chair Professor, Coordinator, IIT Abu Dhabi, IIT Delhi

10.55 14.25

Framework Cotutelle agreement with Unite! the European University Network

Dr. Minna Söderqvist, Service Manager-Doctoral Education, Aalto University

    Challenges and resolutions in Double Degree Arrangements
11.10 14.40

Learnings from JDPs with European Partners

Snigdha Sharma,  Lead Program Administrator- Global Research Activities, Office of Global Engagement, IIT Madras

11.25 14.55

Challenges with Cotutelles and Solutions- Experiences from the University of Helsinki

Maija Tiippana-Usvasalo, Education Coordinator, Doctoral studies/Cotutelles, University of Helsinki Doctoral Study Services

11.40 15.05 Q&A/Open discussions
12.00 15.30 End of Programme

FICORE (Finnish Indian Consortia for Research and Education) is a network of higher education institutions from Finland and India collaborating in diverse fields of science and technology. The main aim of FICORE is to provide a foundation for stakeholders in higher education, industries, policy, and research from Finland and India to engage in meaningful and impactful joint initiatives that benefit the society at large. FICORE is one of the eight ‘Global Networks’ initiated and supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The Global Networks support the Finnish higher education institutions to enhance the global dimension in their strategies and promote excellence in key research areas together with international partners. 

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