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Webinar 7: “Training Workshop on Doctoral Degree supervision” 

A good teamwork between students and supervisors is the panacea for a PhD’s success. This webinar gives an overview of all milestones towards a PhD degree, from application to final viva defense. The webinar specifies the necessary level of experience of PhD supervisors and their qualities of emotional transformational leaders. Furthermore, it refers to the university’s infrastructural support and to formal process management of the PhD journey.  

Emphasizing that the final responsibility for their ‘PhD Baby’ rests on the PhD students, the professional PhD supporting activities and characteristics of the supervisors as ‘empathetic and supportive sparring partners or coaches’ will be explained as well as conflict solution based on good academic practice.  

Focal attention is dedicated to the effective preparation of the student for the viva. This relates to submission and evaluation dates, details of viva initiation, viva committee and defense, or conducting a ‘mock viva’ with the supervisory team to mention but a few. Highly recommended collective learning experience mechanisms will also be illustrated.   

The webinar will be spiced by real life stories drawn from the practical and international experience of the presenter and by questions and/or statements of the attendees. 


Professor Rudiger Kaufmann

Professor Hans Rüdiger Kaufmann

School of Business, Department of Management

Hans Rüdiger Kaufmann was officially ranked Full Professor of Marketing at the University of Nicosia in February 2013. He has been a launching member and President of the international research network on consumer behavior, CIRCLE. Furthermore, he is a launching member and Vice-President of the EuroMed Research Business Institute (EMBRI). From 2012- 2016, Rudi was a member of the Board of the American Marketing Association (AMA) Global Marketing SIG. He is a member of the editorial board of many journals, published in a number of highly ranked journals in the field, and is an author/editor of 15 books and 6 Electronic Books (Thompson Reuters accredited conference proceedings). Rudi is dedicated to supporting the development of young researchers, co-developed a PhD/DBA program, and has 19 (PhD/DBA) completions as a supervisor. In addition, he is an Associate Editor of the World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management, and Sustainable Development, a Visiting Professor at John Moores University Liverpool, the International Business School of Vilnius University, and a Visiting Professor of the University of Vitez. He co-initiated and participated in a variety of EU-supported research projects and participates as an invited speaker on several global occasions.

This seminar is part of the Research Skills Development Programme (RSDP) series. For more information visit https://www.unic.ac.cy/research-skills-development-programme-rsdp-webinar-series-2023-2024/ 

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