VU University medical center PhD candidates should be equipped to pursue a career inside or outside academia after their PhD track. Excellence in the doctorate level training of PhD candidates as highly qualified future professionals in an international environment is essential. VU University medical center aims at creating an infrastructure to promote and support this excellence. PhD candidates are challenged to model their own learning processes. Offering a self-assessment tool for PhD competences is one way to encourage PhD candidates to self-reflect on their capacities and further develop themselves.
Collectively the University Medical Centers have defined a set of core competences for PhD candidates as a guideline for professional career development, and to recognize acquired competences. Of course these competences are also very relevant for postdoc's. The PhD Competence Model is designed as a self-assessment tool. It reflects the competences a VU University medical center PhD candidate should have acquired by the end of his/her PhD track, depending on his/her career perspective. Please find the model here.
The emphasis of the model is on career development and orientation. The user evaluates his/her level on the given competence, using a 5-point scale from zero to five (excellent). A score of three reflects an average level based on peer group. The final profile can be viewed in the spider chart. The results are available offline only. The PhD Competence Model can be used yearly to monitor progress. This tool will also be applied in the course Integral PhD-program: from student to professional.
For VU University Medical Center employees this information is also available on the intranet webpages P&O direct, in Dutch or in English
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