First Double Degree Student

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GABRIEL KOLVEK is the first Double Degree PhD at the Faculty of Medicine, UPJS


On 20 May 2013 the first Contract for Double PhD Degree has been signed between the Faculty of Medicine, Safarik University in Kosice and University Medical Centre Groningen, the Netherlands. Gabriel Kolvek, MD is the first PhD student of the Faculty of Medicine, UPJS who will be awarded by two PhD diplomas upon the defence of his dissertation. Topic of his PhD project is ‘Occurrence of kidney diseases in children in Slovakia’.


Doctoral students enrolled in ’Double PhD Degree’ receive support from two research and academic communities and discover different scientific approaches and fresh theoretical perspectives as they work with experts who broaden their scientific horizons. Thesis co-supervision encourages the doctoral students to reach beyond their familiar borders to both enhance their education and take part in a world-class research network. Moreover, they experience the rich social and cultural life of their home university and of a university in a different country. Graduates of this type of study not only gain a significant professional advantage based particularly on the comparison of subject-matter and methodology and on mastering expert communication in a foreign language, but they also improve their professional opportunities in the framework of international competition.