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The Wallonia-Brussels Federation has established and recognises 21 FNRS Graduate Colleges, one per study domain or group of study domains.Their aim is to welcome, coordinate and promote graduate schools and to stimulate their creation.

Graduate school comes under one or several FNRS graduate colleges. There could be similarities between an FNRS graduate college and a graduate school, and the development of interuniversity, interdisciplinary and international graduate schools is encouraged. Each graduate school is placed under the responsibility of a scientific committee.

The creation of new graduate schools depends on the F.R.S.-FNRS Committee of graduate colleges. A school is created for a period of 5 years, at the end of which it is re-evaluated.

Procedure for the creation of a Graduate School
  • putting together a dossier by the partner teams, and appointment of a spokesperson
  • advice of the Research Councils concerned, and if research institutions outside of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation are collaborating, the approval of their associated bodies
  • the dossier and advice transmitted to the F.R.S.-FNRS by the Rector(s) concerned
  • advice of the Scientific Council(s) of the associated graduate colleges

Creation projects are examined by the F.R.S.-FNRS Committee of graduate colleges. The committee requests the advice of the scientific council of the associated graduate college(s). It can also request the advice of the competent FNRS Scientific committees, as well as the advice of any other expert.

The recognition of a graduate school within one or several FNRS graduate colleges is granted for 5 years. In the course of the fifth year, a report relating to the activities and to the assessment of the five year term of office is established for the F.R.S.-FNRS. It accompanies, where necessary, the request for renewal. This specifies and justifies any modifications put forward by the scientific committee of the graduate school.

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