Collaborative doctoral education

University-industry partnerships for enhancing knowledge exchange
University-industry partnerships for enhancing knowledge exchange
Objective of approach: 
  • Doctoral graduates are better prepared for the employment outside academia
  • The company ensures state of the art research
  • The university ensures industrial relevance of research

In a collaborative doctoral education, a doctoral candidate is supervised not only by a university, but also from the industry. Collaborative doctoral education is of growing importance in Europe given the increased focus on innovation through R&D in order to advance towards a more "knowledgebased" economy and the reality that a majority of doctorate graduates are destined for careers outside academia in both research and non research positions.


Develop skills inside and outside academia that respond to public and private sector needs, while obtaining a doctoral degree.

  • Doctoral candidate
  • Supervising professor at university
  • Supervising industrial company
  • Literature and internet access for research
  • Resources for experiments
Success factors: 
  • Doctoral candidate with sufficient expertise and soft skills
  • Mutual understanding between the academic and industrial partner
  • Clear and transparent collaboration agreement
  • Excessive focus on non-academic activities
  • Limited freedom for the development of innovative ideas
  • Conflict of public rights (IP)
Contact information: 

KU Leuven - Noise and Vibration Research Group, Celestijnenlaan 300B, 3001 Leuven, Belgium

IPEK - Institute of product engineering, Kaiserstrasse 10, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany