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Graduate SPIRIT

is an EU Erasmus+ funded project. The participating partners are nine European graduate schools with a similar profile, among which the Erasmus University Rotterdam (project coordinator).

The project will provide an inventory of best practices in graduate schools with respect to PhD candidates, staff, curriculum and organisation. In addition, the project will test a number of innovations regarding international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral doctoral training.

New publication: Tips and Tricks.

This report is envisioned as a tool to help European graduate schools, staff members, and doctoral students find examples of activities carried out by the project’s consortium partners and study their approaches to foster Triple-I doctoral education. As such, the report gives an overview of best-practices in the field of social sciences and the humanities. Additionally, the collected trips & tricks of the best practices have been transformed into an interactive toolbox, which will be made available on this website in October.


Rhoades, G. (2001). Managing productivity in an academic institution: Rethinking the whom, which, what, and whose of productivity. Research in Higher Education, 42(5), 619-632.

Abstract. Drawing on a review of scholarly literature, this article suggests rethinking productivity in academic institutions along four dimensions: the productivity of whom, productivity for which unit of analysis, productivity according to what functions, and productivity in whose interests. It offers principles for promoting enlightened discussion and pursuit of productivity at all levels of the organization. In contrast to the dominant discourse, which emphasizes focus, centralized standard measures, and accountability, the bias in my principles is toward balance, decentralized diversity, and recalibration. I suggest the ideal is not for employees and units to produce to centrally managed objectives but for all individuals and units to manage individually and collectively to design their work to improve their productivity along multiple dimensions.

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