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Building bridges between industry and academia: What is the profile of an industrial doctorate student?

Orlanda Tavares, Cristina Sin e Diana Soares: “This chapter analyses whether the profile of students enrolled in industrial doctorates in Portugal reflects the dual culture of industry and academia. Based on student perceptions, the following aspects are analysed: motivations and expectations, the personality traits perceived to be in tune with the demands of industrial doctorates and the skills and competences acquired during the programme. Findings suggest that the profile of Portuguese industrial doctorate students has a great potential to bridge two apparently distant worlds, academia and industry. Students develop a more pragmatic profile focused on combining synergies, taking advantage of academic research tools to solve real-world problems posed by the industry. This profile points to the emergence of a different professional identity than the one typically associated with PhD holders”.

Tavares, O., Sin, C., & Soares, D. (2020). Building bridges between industry and academia: What is the profile of an industrial doctorate student? In S. Cardoso, O. Tavares, C. Sin, & T. Carvalho (Eds.), Structural and institutional transformations in doctoral education: Social, political and student expectations (pp. 347-373). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-38046-5

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