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Citadel News Service
29 Oct 2012

Citadel professor named ambassador of the European Union’s PromoDoc initiative

Initiative promotes doctoral study in European Union countries

Donald Sparks, professor of international economics and director of the office of fellowships at The Citadel, has been appointed to serve as an ambassador of PromoDoc, an E.U.-sponsored initiative that seeks to promote doctoral studies in European Union member states. Over the next year, the 25 selected PromoDoc ambassadors will advise students in the United States and Canada on the options for doctoral education in the European Union and promote the opportunities that are available.

don sparks22PromoDoc consortium members Campus France and the Institute of International Education selected the ambassadors based on their extensive experience in European higher education.  Sparks received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of London and is on the faculty of the Management Center Innsbruck of the University of Innsbruck in Austria. He has also been awarded three Fulbright scholarships.

“As the world becomes smaller through the advancement of technology, a global education is essential, and at The Citadel, we are dedicated to promoting study abroad,” said Brig. Gen. Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college.  “I can think of no one more fitting than Don Sparks to serve as ambassador for PromoDoc.  He will do an excellent job.”

PromoDoc is a project funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Action 3 (EM A3) program, focusing on the promotion of European higher education at the doctoral level. The project aims to showcase the attractiveness of doctoral-level study in Europe; improve awareness of opportunities for doctoral study; facilitate access to European doctoral programs among students in third countries, especially in the Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States

The project also provides a comprehensive web-based resource to help students access doctoral study opportunities in the European Union.  The PromoDoc website includes:  doctoral program listings, a guide to the organization of doctoral studies, and information on funding opportunities, application procedures, living in Europe, associations of doctoral candidates and career prospects in each European country.

The three-year project is being implemented by an international consortium, led by Campus France and composed of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Nuffic, the British Council, Eurodoc (The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers), and the Institute of International Education. For more information, see

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