The Erasmus+ MODEST project aims at modernization of doctoral education in Science in European countries and Armenia, Belarus, and Russia. A wider project objective is "To enhance cooperation capacities of Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) of Partner Countries in the field of Doctoral Studies within European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and European Research Area (ERA)".

Main project objectives


To improve the structure and content of Doctoral Education and the internal capacities of services that manage doctoral studies by set up of Doctoral Training Centers (DTC) in partner universities in accordance with the modern European practices

Bologna process

To facilitate a successful adherence with Bologna process reforms and its instruments by the academic and administrative staff involved in doctoral studies and research management through the organization of special training sessions in Armenia, Belarus and Russia


To improve/increase the quality of international and national mobility of doctoral students of Armenia, Belarus and Russia for training and research based on development of double degree programmes and joint supervision


To ensure sustainability of DTCs and their cooperation with European partners by establishing a sustainable professional network providing the use of participatory approaches and ICT-based methodologies

Plan overview

To meet these objectives, MODEST will make use of the analysis of the EU best practices and of the needs of PC to develop training materials and organize intensive retraining of HEI’s staff. Structure and content of DTCs will be worked out, including set of regulatory documents, instructions for DTC creation, programs and materials for DTCs and interdisciplinary summer schools for doctoral students. To ensure sustainability, a web-platform and Virtual Network Environment (VNE) will be developed using participatory approaches and ICT methodologies. Synergy with other European initiatives will be sought via participation of the consortium members in EU networks and organizations (Coimbra Group, EURASHE, etc.).

More about MODEST

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