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South Africa launches largest-ever PhD tracer study


Fitness of purpose of doctoral training comes under scrutiny

The Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa says it has launched the largest-ever national study to see where PhD graduates in the country end up. 

The survey, launched in October, aims to gain better understanding of South African doctoral graduates’ career trajectories. It is funded by the Department of Science and Innovation, with support from the National Research Foundation, the Water Research Commission, the Department of Higher Education, and Universities South Africa. 

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