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Courses offered by Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS)

Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) offers a variety of courses aimed at all PhD candidates, regardless of the field that they are operating in. These courses comprise of competence strengthening, career building, language as well as facilitating courses. A reduced fee is available for (1) Wageningen PhD candidates with an approved Training and Supervision Plan, and (2) Wageningen postdocs, who are a member of PE&RC, EPS, WASS, VLAG, WIAS, or WIMEK. Generally, the discount is 50% but for more specific information you have to look at the course descriptions as posted on the WGS course website. Although PE&RC PhD candidates of our other partner institutes cannot participate in these courses for the reduced fee, all WGS are open to them as well. Please note that a lot of courses are available online. Click here for the WGS courses and activities that are currently on offer.

Special update for non-WUR PhD candidate of PE&RC
In our efforts to support you in every way we can, even more so in these isolated and challenging COVID-19 times, we have decided to offer you also the above opportunity against the reduced course fee (until further notice).

edX Remote Access Program available for staff and students

Many edX partners joined forces and allow each other’s student and staff to take their courses completely free of charge during the Corona outbreak. Wageningen embraced this initiative and therefor everybody with a WUR account can get full access to one of the many online courses from institutions like Cornell University, TU Delft, Harvard, MIT, RWTH Aachen University, Tecnológico de Monterrey, and many more. This initiative is open to anyone with a WUR account, including staff. While many of us are working from home, this might be a good time to take a look at the enormous offer and find a topic you always wanted to learn more about. edX traditionally has many academic courses, but there are also courses like Learn to program in Java, Visualizing data with Excel, Designing and Creating Skirts, Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature, Strategic Management and much more! It doesn’t matter if you want to develop your personal or professional skills or gain knowledge on a specific theme or discipline, there is always a course that fits your interest. Just remember to enrol and use your code before 1 May 2020. Once you activated your code you will have full access to the course. You don’t have to finish the course by that date, just enrol and use the coupon code for full access. Within your course environment you find deadlines for each specific course. Read everything about this initiative and how to join online.

Wageningen Graduate School Lunch Workshop for PhD Supervisors

Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) is giving a Workshop on Recognition of Stress Signals in PhD Candidates ; Work pressure, stress and burn-outs. These are serious problems which some of our PhD candidates are facing. In this workshop we want to address this issue and discuss with you how we can recognise stress signals in PhD candidates timely and what we can do to handle and minimise unhealthy stress in PhD candidates.

Wageningen Graduate School Lunch Workshop for PhDs

Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) is giving a Workshop on the go /no go decision in the first part of the PhD trajectory is a mandatory and formal evaluation by the supervisors. With a go decision, the supervisors express their confidence that the PhD candidate will be able to obtain the PhD degree. In this workshop we would like to discuss the various steps that supervisors have to take in order to assure a transparent and a just go/ no go decision.

Wageningen University Library

Wageningen University Library offers training programmes available to students, PhD students and researchers. Courses, demos and workshops are offered on a regular basis, depending on the number of participants. Often, participation is free  Click here to see what is currently on offer.

Wageningen Writing Lab

Coached by a peer-tutor, you can improve your writing skills and learn to apply new strategies. You will find us in the library of the Forum building on Wageningen University Campus. Click here for more information. 

Courses offered by Educational Staff Development

These courses focus on teaching skills and may only partly be open to employees of Wageningen University & Research. There is also one course specifically for PhD candidates who want to explore the art of teaching within university settings. More information and application for these courses can be found here