More doctorates to foreigners

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Never before has the University of Bergen (UiB) awarded more doctorate degrees than it did last year, and more than a third of them went to foreign doctoral candidates.

The university reported this week that a total of 254 doctorates were awarded in 2011, 17 more than the year before. University dean Sigmund Grønmo said UiB had a goal of 250 candidates and called the university’s research education “a big success story.”

Nearly 45 percent of the doctorates went to women and 35 percent to citizens of countries other than Norway. That’s up from 29.5 percent in 2010, according to the UiB website På Høyden.

All told, 89 doctorates went to candidates from 41 countries, most of them from within Europe. The number of doctoral degrees awarded to candidates from Asia, though, doubled, from 15 to 30.

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