Mission Statement of NorDoc - Nordic Doctoral Training in Health Sciences

At a meeting in Helsinki on 28th September 2016 representatives of the seven doctoral schools/ faculties of health sciences, Aarhus University, the University of Bergen, the University of Copenhagen, the University of Gothenburg, the University of Helsinki, the University of Iceland and Karolinska Institutet, decided to establish a Nordic network of doctoral education in health sciences. It is the intention of the seven founding members to invite all doctoral schools/faculties of health sciences in the Nordic countries to participate in the network and contribute to its activities.

The name of the Nordic network will be NorDoc - Nordic Doctoral Training in Health Sciences.

All Nordic doctoral schools/faculties of health sciences who accept this mission statement are invited to be members of NorDoc.

Target audience and aim
The activities of NorDoc aim to initiate, facilitate and intensify collaboration among the Nordic doctoral schools/faculties in all relevant fields for the benefit of Nordic doctoral candidates and their supervisors, in order to support and ensure the highest possible quality in doctoral education in health sciences.

Furthermore it is the aim of the network to initiate and facilitate relevant joint actions of the Nordic doctoral schools, specifically in terms of:

  • removing barriers to cross-border collaboration between doctoral schools in the Nordic countries

  • acknowledgement of Nordic doctoral education

  • providing Nordic doctoral candidates free access to current research courses offered by the members of the network

  • exploiting common existing resources and capacities for the benefit of arranging doctoral courses in all relevant fields of research at the highest possible scientific level

  • attracting international scientific resources and capacities for such activities

  • promoting and encouraging mobility of doctoral candidates and researchers in and between the Nordic countries

  • arranging conferences, seminars etc. on topics of common interest

  • providing international (e.g. Nordic and European) funding for common research projects and other relevant joint activities as e.g. those mentioned above

  • providing policy-makers in Nordic countries and international organisations (e.g. the European Union) with information on matters concerning doctoral education in health sciences

  • expanding knowledge of and understanding for doctoral education in the Nordic countries

  • detecting and sharing best practices.