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Revista iberoamericana de educación superior

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PATINO SALCEDA, Josefina. Comparative Analysis Between the Professional and Research Doctoral Degrees in Mexico. Rev. iberoam. educ. super [online]. 2019, vol.10, n.28, pp.25-41. ISSN 2007-2872.

The author analyzes the assessment of doctorate programs within the framework of the National Quality Postgraduate Program ( PNPC) in order to identify under which criteria the professional doctoral degree is justified by means of a comparison with the research PhD. Two trends in the definition of doctoral education are identified from the documentary review: one oriented towards harmonization and the other towards the diversification of doctorates. The PNPC has chosen to stick to this last trend, by proposing a professional doctorate that differs from the research PhD by valuing the learning acquired both in academia and in the workplace; in this way, applied research is promoted for the development of professions and the link between graduates and the productive sector.

Keywords : doctorate; evaluation of programs; training of researchers; scientific policy; professions; Mexico.

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