Evaluating industry-based doctoral research programs: Perspectives and outcomes of Australian Cooperative Research Centre graduates

Manathunga, Catherine, Pitt, Rachael, Cox, Laura, Boreham, Paul, Mellick, George and Lant, Paul (2012) Evaluating industry-based doctoral research programs: Perspectives and outcomes of Australian Cooperative Research Centre graduates. Studies in Higher Education, 37 7: 843-858. doi:10.1080/03075079.2011.554607


Author Manathunga, Catherine
Pitt, Rachael
Cox, Laura
Boreham, Paul
Mellick, George
Lant, Paul
Title Evaluating industry-based doctoral research programs: Perspectives and outcomes of Australian Cooperative Research Centre graduates
Journal name Studies in Higher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1470-174X
0307-5079
Publication date 2012-11
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03075079.2011.554607
Open Access Status
Volume 37
Issue 7
Start page 843
End page 858
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Researchers of the future will need to be able to work across the increasingly porous boundaries between university, industry, government and community sectors. Concerns have been raised internationally for several decades about the content and approaches adopted in doctoral programs. Innovative doctoral programs that facilitate students' experiences of industry-based research have been introduced around the globe as one approach to addressing these concerns. While some of these new national approaches have been studied, systematic evaluations that track research graduates' actual employment preparation and outcomes remain patchy. This article reports on a comprehensive study of graduate preparation and employment outcomes of an Australian doctoral program that has been designed to produce industry-ready graduates: the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) program. This article argues that CRC doctoral programs appear to provide greater experience of industry and access to professional development, that result in higher numbers of graduates gaining employment in industry and in public sector research organisations.
Keyword Doctoral programs
Industry-ready graduates
Cooperative Research Centre
Evaluation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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