European / International Joint Ph.D. in
Social Representation and Communication


In March 2010, Prof. Annamaria de Rosa's paper on "The Joint European/International Doctorate on Social Representations and Communication: an experience anticipating the Bologna Process" has been selected as best Paper on joint programmes at Doctoral level by JOIMAN - Joint Degree Management and Administration Network: Tackling current issues and facing future challenges.

JOIMAN is a project financed by the European Commission under the framework of LLP/Erasmus/structural network measure and it has started in November 2008.

Starting from the existing experience of the partners involved in Erasmus Mundus projects and more generally in Joint Programmes, the aim of this project is to provide a platform in which an experienced group of partners could share knowledge and know how on the solutions found for the problems faced during the first stage of the Erasmus Mundus Programme. Common tools or strategies will be created to support the involved Universities and other potential Higher Education Institutions in order to overcome the persisting administrative and legal difficulties in this subject.

The project will lead to the creation of common guidelines and good practice examples on the administrative issues related to Joint Degrees' management. Future strategies will be created for exporting the issues examined to the development of joint programmes at doctoral level and with non EU partners (Asia, US, Latin America etc). The topics that will be addressed by the project are:

  1. Application, Enrolment, Selection and Certification of students career
  2. Financial sustainability of Joint Programmes
  3. Governance/Organisation/Quality in Joint Programmes
  4. Development and administration of Joint PHD Programmes
  5. Development and administration of Joint Programmes with "non UE" and "non Bologna Process" institutions