April 29, 2017 08:42 PM

The Doctorate (PhD) In Accountancy In Europe: 3.0

Posted by Willem Buijink

The first issue: how well are doctors in Accountancy trained in Europe? 

I wrote about this is in the EAA Newsletter in 2013. In my note I argued that the EAA should play an active role in the design of Doctoral training in Accountancy in Europe. I helped the EAA by designing an ideal Accountancy doctoral program for them. 

You can read the note here: http://www.eaa-online.org/userfiles/file/EAA-Newsletter-Nr41-2013.pdf
You have to scroll down to my note on page 4. 

To come back to my design I would now do it a bit differently. My design uses the European post-Bologna university programs set up: a 3 year Bachelor program, 1 or 2 year Master program, and a Doctoral phase. 

I was not aware of this when I wrote my note, but Europe uses a framework for coding educational attainment in the EU member states: the UNESCO created International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED). 

In that framework Bachelor degrees are the ISCED6 level degrees; Master degrees: ISCED7, and doctoral degrees: ISCED8.

So the question is: what would a program leading up to a ISCED level 8 degree in Accountancy in Europe look like?

The ISCED setup will be convenient in later posts and in the discussion that will hopefully ensue. 'Bologna' for non-European readers refers to the Pan-European, also outside of the EU, restructuring in the early 2000's of university programs into a Bachelor and a Master phase.

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About Willem Buijink

Open University Of The Netherlands
Professor of Accounting, Open Universiteit, Heerlen, The Netherlands

Professor of Accounting, Open Universiteit Heerlen, Department of Accounting and Finance, 2015-present. Before that I was Professor of Business Economics, Universiteit Tilburg, 2001-2016; Professor of Business Economics, Universiteit Maastricht,...

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