The framework agreement covers all fields of the universities and set up the basic rules and principles for double degrees. The duration of doctoral studies in both universities is four years. In the case of a double degree, the student works 2-3 years in his or her home university and 1-2 to years in the host university.
The benefit of double degrees for students is to combine the best research expertise from the two universities. The quality of the universities’ own research will also improve with the exploitation of expertise on both sides.
Excellence from two universities
The universities want to expand the cooperation to joint doctoral degrees and common doctoral programs.
– University of Oulu is our nearest neighboring university and one of Finland's top universities. We have a long history of collaboration with each other in both research and education. Now we want to strengthen this collaboration further. PhD students in this program have the advantage of having access to expertise from both universities. We are very excited and believe that this will strengthen our relation significantly, says John Sterte, Vice-Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology.
– Luleå University of Technology has traditionally been an important collaboration partner for University of Oulu but now it is time to refresh and intensify our relationship. Joint programs in doctoral education is a very concrete way to facilitate real and active collaboration that boosts research and new expertise needed in the arctic region”, says Jouko Niinimäki, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oulu.
The universities will meet in Oulu in January 2016 to select the primary fields of cooperation so that the relevant researchers and research group leaders can start working together during the spring 2016.