International Doctoral School in Civil and Environmental Engineering
in co-tutorship with
The PhD programme (according to the Italian Dottorato di Ricerca) is a post-graduate academic qualification. It represents the implementation of the 3rd cycle of education and training to research (according to the Bologna accord) in the Italian academic system and provides the abilities and competences required for carrying out highly-qualified research in universities, public institutions and private companies. It also offers an higher professional & research oriented education for managing and leading technical development at major companies and enterprises, at national as well as European/International level.
The International PhD programme requires mandatorily the PhD Thesis to be supervised bi-nationally, i.e. by a joined supervision of the Tutors of two partner Universities.
A short historical review
After a 2-years preparation initiated in a bilateral top meeting held in Villa Vigoni in 1999, the joined International PhD programme Università di Firenze – TU Braunschweig was initially settled in 2001 on a specific topic related to “Risk management in the built environment” upon the initiative taken by the two Universities following the respective support given by:
- MIUR (Min. Università e Ricerca of Italy) through its internationalization measures for granting International doctoral courses (Interlink programmes 1998-2000, art. 7 DM 21/6/1999);
- DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn) through the grant GRK 802 (2002-2011)
The programme was highly supported by the German DFG since it represented the only one leading to a joined PhD degree funded bi-laterally by an Italian and a German organization.
In 2010 the Region Tuscany launched a call for candidatures to its Unversities for granting scholarships to International Doctoral programmes (Progetto PEGASO). After the first successful candidature in 2011, this was the beginning of a yearly support of the regional administration to the internationalization of the training to research within the Tuscany Universities. Later on, the PEGASO projects has supported and granted, every year, up to 5 3-years scholarships, with the condition of attending a truly international programme (i.e. bilateral tutorship, single final examination in front of a joined jury, achievement of a joined or double degree, 12 months research stay at the foreign partner Institution, etc.).
After the expiration of the GRK 802 in 2012, several other European Universities joined the programme by means of individual co-tutorship agreements. Nowadays more than 10 leading Technical Universities or Engineering schools in Europe and abroad (in addition to the TU of Braunschweig) are networked with the Universities of Florence and Pisa for awarding a joined or double degree to the scholars of the InDICEE programme).