STAAA agreements

A co-tutorship (or “cotutelle”, as this type of cooperation originated in France) is a bilateral agreement signed by two universities located in two different countries on behalf of a PhD candidate.

The agreement is aimed at the awarding of a double PhD degree, should the single thesis defense be successful.  

The PhD programme in STAAA has already established Co-tutorship Framework Agreement with National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) for Dual/Joint Doctoral Degree Program.

In addition, the following individual Co-tutorship Agreement for Dual Doctoral Degree Program have been established:

- Bilateral Agreement (outgoing) with Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) on a project entitled “Environmental sustainability and prevention applied to industrial, urban and agricultural systems” (Drs. Elisa Appolloni)

- Bilateral Agreement (outgoing) with Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology ‘José Mataix’, University of Granada (Spain) (Drs. Federica Barbieri)

- Bilateral Agreement (ingoing) with CIHEAM-IAMM - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier (France) (Drs. Reem EL Khechen)

- Bilateral Agreement (ingoing) with Universidade do Porto (Potrugal) (Drs. Cristina do Vale Correira)

The main features of the co-tutorship agreement

A co-tutorship agreement must comply with the following conditions:

  • The PhD candidate’s training and research activities are supervised by two professors, one from the Home University (namely, where the PhD candidate firstly enrolled), the other one from the Host University.
  • The PhD candidate is required to spend more or less the same period of time at both universities (for UNIBO, minimum one year) according to a calendar set up by the two supervisors.
  • The PhD candidate will take just one final exam (usually at the Home University) and the examination board will be composed by members from both universities.
  • Both universities will award a PhD degree: the co-tutorship does not imply a joint academic degree.
  • As a general rule, the PhD candidate is enrolled in both Universities, but he/she will pay the tuition fees only to the Home University, being exempted from that payment to the Host University.



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