Together with representatives from 18 partner institutions, NOVA was in Tromsø, Norway, in January 2020, for the launch of DocEnhance, a project funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union and which aims to develop transferable skills and articulate the doctoral programs with the labor market.
With a running period of three years, the project “Enhancing skills intelligence and integration into existing PhD programs by providing transferable skills training through an open online platform - DocEnhance” focuses on transferable skills, such as interpersonal, capacity or business skills, as these skills facilitate the transition into employment and are widely applicable, regardless of the scientific field and chosen career path. Through a co-creation approach, all project outputs will be piloted among several European universities for proof-of-concept and will be provided as freely available Open Educational Resources through an online platform, the DocEnhance Platform.
The project is coordinated by UiT the Arctic University of Norway, in Norway, and brings together partners (among universities and non-academic organizations linked to employability and innovation) from 14 countries from various parts of Europe and an African partner, from Ghana, in representation of the interests of non-European countries.
At the meeting, Hanne Risan Johnsen, project coordinator, explained that: «By building a diverse network of academic and non-academic actors and by offering open access transferable skills training in PhD education, DocEnhance aims to increase intersectoral mobility for PhD candidates. Our joint approach will improve communication and increase contact points between industry and academia».