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Aware of the fact that university education is an on-going process that does not end with the qualification obtained and that it is also the responsibility of universities to keep their graduates in touch with the progress of knowledge, each academic year an average of 90 doctorate programmes, some of which are inter-university, are offered at the University of Valladolid. This responsibility is shared with the other three universities of the Autonomous Region of Castilla y León (Salamanca, León and Burgos), as well as with other national universities, such as the Complutense of Madrid, Murcia, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Gerona, the University of the Balearic Islands, Jaume I, the University of the Basque Country, Rovira i Virgili University, Seville and Valencia.

The average number of students registered on doctorate courses in recent years is 1,500, some 300 of whom are foreign students who study in their country of residence on courses taught by visiting lecturers. Every academic year, an average of ten doctorate programmes are taught outside Spain in Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and other Latin- American universities.

Finally, in our efforts to improve the quality and projection of these study programmes, the number of quality doctorates increases each year (from eight in the academic year 2003-2004 to fourteen in 2006-07), as do the number taking part in the lecturer and student mobility programme of the Ministry of Education and Science.

The technological and social transition that society has undergone in recent decades forces us all, individuals, companies and institutions alike, to adapt to situations that are undergoing continuous change. This means that universities are obliged to seek solutions in the field of education that are capable of responding to this new situation. Official education has been granted more flexible study plans and qualifications have been diversified, leading to a significant increase in both numbers and areas covered. Yet, it is not always easy to respond to the needs of graduates who wish to update their knowledge, or to the continuing demand for specialisation in certain fields. For this reason, the university of Valladolid offers the right qualifications, tools that are both flexible and adaptable, through which the University of Valladolid can satisfy the training requirements of the professionals who need and wish to update their knowledge. Highly specialised teaching is also provided to young graduates who wish to improve their qualifications in response to the specific demands of companies or economic sectors, including the public sector. This type of study also enables training in new and emerging professional sectors that are highly valued in today's labour market yet which, due to their recent appearance, are not included in official qualifications.

The Unversity of Valladolid PHD Programmes


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