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Purpose of Doctoral Training

 

Research forms part of the development of knowledge and may be summarized in the words “new knowledge” and “scientific and academic training”. The purpose of doctoral training is to impart skills to Doctoral students in the art and science of scholarship, and broader skills acquisition, but above all, to develop independent and critical thinkers able to conduct quality research and innovations. The end products are researchers who can engage with the broader environment of stakeholders as well as the knowledge economy in order for them to remain relevant to local conditions.

Doctoral students learn scientific methodology, critical analysis and independence in their studies. The doctoral training and research must therefore stimulate them to adopt a scientific attitude which includes the ability to formulate questions, to give structure to a scientific and socially oriented argument, to find adequate methods and theories for tackling problems and to be able to reflect critically on the subject of their dissertation/thesis, able to apply the newly acquired skills and knowledge, including innovations.

Doctoral students are expected to probe deeply into their subjects and be at the forefront of research and innovation in their field. Research is a craft, and the dissertation and/or innovation is the masterpiece—the evidence that the practitioner is now a fully-fledged craftsperson and a specialist (skilled) in the knowledge economy world.