Modernization of Doctoral Education in Science and Improvement of Teaching Methodologies (MODEST)

Project number 



36 months (2018-2021)




983,975 €  


Applicant (Coordinator)


Latvijas Universitāte  – Latvia


Yerevan State University (YSU)

National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA)

Armenian State Pedagogic University after Kh. Abovyan (ASPU)


EU partners




Brunel University London – UK

Helsingin Yliopisto – Finland

Uniwersytet Jagiellonski – Poland














Yerevan State University (YSU)

National Polytecnic University of Armenia (NPUA)

Armenian State Pedagogic University after Kh. Abovyan (ASPU)


Belarusian National Technical University 

Polotsk State University

Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno


Federal State Educational Budget Institution of Higher Vocational Training

Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography

Kazan National Research Technological University 

Moscow Institute of Physics And Technology (State University)

Russian State Vocational Pedagogical University


Project Summary

MODEST project aims at modernization of doctoral education in Science in Partner Countries. Wider project objective is “To enhance cooperation capacities of Higher educational institutions of Partner Countries in the field of Doctoral Studies within European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and European Research Area (ERA)” and specific objectives are:

  1. Improve quality and employability of doctoral graduates of PC HEI’s by modernizing doctoral education towards interdisiplinarity, internationalisation, enhancing mobility, using new teaching methodologies in line with Salzburg Principles, BFGU recommendations.
  2. Facilitate successful adherence with Bologna reforms and its instruments by organization of special training sessions for academic and administrative staff of HEI’s in PCs.
  3. Improve up-skills of research and educational staff by retraining them on new teaching methods and create modern learning and research environment based on student centred approach, competence-based program development.
  4. Improve structure and internal capacities of services of doctoral education and research by setting up Doctoral Training Centers in PC HEI’s; ensure their sustainability and cooperation with EU partners by establishing a professional network using modern ICT tools.

To meet these objectives, the project will make use of the analysis of best EU 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 will be developed using participatory approaches and ICT methodologies. Synergy with other European initiatives will be sought via participation of consortium members in EU networks and organizations (Coimbra Group, EURASHE, etc).