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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 agreements with the following universities:

- Framework Agreement with National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) for Dual/Joint Doctoral Degree Program

- Bilateral Agreement with International and European Law, Academy of Economy Studies (Moldova) for Dual Doctoral Degree Program on a project entitled “Legal implications and economic opportunities for free trade agreements in the wine sector” (Dr. Luciano Sangiovanni)

- Bilateral Agreement with Universite Paris Saclay (France) for Dual Doctoral Degree Program on a project entitled “Effects of in-feed antibiotics on pig microbiota” (Drs. Francesca Romana Massacci)

- Agreement with Technical University of Cartagena (Spain) and University of Turin (Italy) for Joint Supervision of Doctoral research thesis entitled “LED lighting for indoor leafy vegetables and herbs cultivation ” (Drs. Giuseppina Pennisi enrolled at University of Turin)

In addition, bilateral student exchange agreements have been recently activated: i) Ph.D. Programme in Food Science, University of Granada; ii) PhD Programme in Horticolture, University of Lisbon. 

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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