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Idealab candidates

Congratulations to our first two IDEALAB PhD candidates, Rimke Groenewold and Laura Bos who graduated on 22nd January 2015. Rimke and Laura each had to attend a formal ceremony at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands where they defended their thesis before being awarded their joint PhD.

Students who graduate from IDEALAB (International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain) receive a joint PhD awarded by Macquarie University and the international partners in the IDEALAB consortium:  Potsdam University,Germany; Groningen University, Netherlands; Newcastle University, UK; Trento University, Italy. 

IDEALAB is funded by Erasmus Mundus programme of the European Commission's Education,Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). It is the first Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate with an Australian university as a full partner and this is a prestigious undertaking for Macquarie University.

IDEALAB candidates study the structure, processing and foundations of human language and benefit from co-supervision and study from at least two institutions and from courses at joint summer- and winter schools. In addition, the young researchers receive extensive expert information outside their chosen topics, broadening their horizons towards potential interdisciplinary approaches. The programme aims to equip graduates with sufficient knowledge, skills, and an innovative spirit to start a successful career in neuroscience research and beyond.