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PhD Quality Assurance 

In order to meet AVA3 requirements, the PhD School of the University of Turin employs a Quality Assurance System, to which the PhD Program refers.

ANVUR has proposed a new Model for the periodic accreditation of premises, Departments, University Courses and PhD programmes (AVA 3). This is in response to a need that emerged at European level and was supported by ENQA 'European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education' and EQAR 'European Quality Assurance Register'. 
The model which is specifically for PhD courses, is: 

  • D.PHD.1 - PhD Course Design
  • D.PHD.2 - Planning and organising training and research for the advancement of PhD students 
  • D.PHD.3 - Monitoring and improvement 

The PhD pathway is on the third level of education and the Dublin Descriptors outline its objectives:
Knowledge and understanding
Students who have systematically demonstrated understanding of a field of study and mastery of the related research method.
Applying knowledge and understanding
Ability to apply their knowledge and understanding that demonstrates a professional approach to their work, and possession of appropriate skills both to devise and support arguments and solve problems in their field of study.
Independent judgement
Ability to collect and interpret data (usually in one's own field of study) considered useful for making independent judgement, including reflection on related social, scientific or ethical issues 
Communication skills
Being able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists. 
Learning skills
Having developed those learning skills that are necessary to undertake further studies with a high level of independence.

In order to meet AVA3 requirements, the PhD course in Mathematics has set up a QA working group as follows:
Cinzia Casagrande (Coordinator)
Elena Cordero (Scientific Board member)
Federico Polito (Scientific Board member)
Lorenzo Maniscalco (representative of the PhD students)
Davide La Riccia (administrative staff)

This group’s main functions are:

  • Update and check the PhD web page
  • Periodic monitoring of the objectives and strategies of the PhD formative program
  • Monitor PhD student courses and research 
  • Periodic monitoring of PhD student opinion questionnaires conducted both at the UniTo School and PhD degree levels (as detailed here

Last update: 10/07/2024 10:17
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