Discussion

Discussion of the applicant’s dossier should take into account the main objectives of the IDTS network, i.e. to function as “a label of quality that can be accorded to existing programs meeting certain minimal criteria”.

Local and global quality metrics could also be articulated and considered. Global metrics are understood to be the objectives and competences identified by ID-TS. Local metrics are understood as including the following considerations:

  • Local and university-specific histories condition the way doctoral programs have emerged (options: within non-TS departments; within TS departments of schools; humanities-based; social sciences-based; interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary programs, etc.). The applicant could mention these specificities and indicate their relation to predominant areas of research and expertise within the program. (Note that new hires within programs could alter research areas of expertise and offerings to doctoral students, through coursework or supervision.)
  • Local translation markets and academic settings could also be mentioned by the applicant when addressing issues of student employability (options: bilingual; multilingual; professional sectors of prominence; in-house positions; freelance market; others) and available resources for partnerships on certain research projects, etc.