There were more doctorate candidates at the UiB in 2011 than ever before. 254 candidates received a doctoral degree last year. This is 17 more than in the previous year.
− The programme for educating researchers is one big success story. It has been our goal to have 250 candidates for many years now, and this year we managed, said Rector Sigmund Grønmo to På Høyden, before Christmas.
The facts behind the figures show that the number of female candidates is fairly stable, with a marginal decrease from 45.6 percent in 2010 to 44.9 percent in 2011.
Twice as many from Asia
The number of doctoral students with foreign citizenship is however increasing. From 2010 to 2011 the number increased from 29.5 percent to 35 percent. 89 candidates from 41 countries received doctoral degrees. This comes in addition to doctoral degrees awarded to Norwegian candidates. (See facts)
Most foreign students come from European countries, with a total of 40 doctorate candidates in 2011 and 35 in 2010.
But Asia has by far the biggest increase, with a doubling from15 to 30.
MN is in the lead
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has the biggest total increase in the number of candidates and had 18 more candidates in 2011 than it had in 2010. The faculty has regained its position as the university’s biggest producer of doctoral degrees. This position has alternated every other year, between the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.