About EDSA

Who are we:

EDSA is a privately held, entity, in partnership with  several universities around the world, for the purpose of strengthening Doctoral Researchers’ work specific and all other academic endeavor in general

EDSA is in association and affiliation with a number of international organizations active in the realm of Higher Education as well commercial entities and NGOs, and enjoys a large netork of Distinguished Visiting Professors and Academic Consultants.

EDSA’s Mission is to ‘Harmonize’ the scientific method used and practiced across different scientific cultures which exists in various parts of the world as well as in encouraging, and assisting young scientists and those who intent to embark on this path in their quest.

This Mission is materialized via organizing series of workshops, lectures, discussion forums and individualized mentorship by Distinguished Visiting Professors and consultants as auxiliary supervisors, in research methods, academic writing, critical literature review, critical thinking and discussions around statistical significance just to mention a few topics, whence during one week, EDSA focuses on reviewing works by participating candidates, and delivering lectures, workshops and seminars.


Scientific Fields and Disciplines:

EDSA focuses on Social Sciences with disciplines such as business (e.g. finance and account, marketing, management), international relations, political sciences, public policy and philosophy of management to mention a few.


Key Features & Benefits of EDSA:

EDSA (held during one week) consists of five (5) working days and two days for cultural exploration and socializing / networking.

EDSA explores the latest and well-tested methods and approaches in conducting scientific studies in the context of writing dissertations towards obtaining a Doctoral Degree.


During the weeklong program, the participants receive individual consultations on their respective subjects by Distinguished Visiting Professors and Academic Consultants on an individual basis, as well as in panels

The Professors and Consultants are also gateways to international network of academics and other institutions. The instructors will assist the candidates in their future careers, strengthening the candidates’ network, assisting and supporting the candidates to be able to publish in top tier international journals in their respective fields.


EDSA provides lectures, seminars and workshops—in an array of techniques and elements in the scientific method, academic writing and research methodology—are delivered by the Distinguished Visiting Professors and Academic Consultants.

To enhance the participants’ positive experience and maximize the benefits, EDSA organizes seminars on how to publish in high ranked international journals, alongside with sessions for networking with the view of establishing collaborative research and academic mobility.

On a successful completion of EDSA and full attendance, the participants will have gained new knowledge and expertise.

The participants will be awarded a Certificate from partner universities and receive three (3) academic credits for their successful participation.


Possibility to publish:

EDSA invites representatives several academic journals and publishers, such as Springer; Palgrave Academic Journals, and offers its participants introduction to, and assist with publishing papers and monographs.

Among these publishes are Springer; Palgrave Academic Journals, which during EDSA 2016 was represented by its Editorial Director Business, Economics & Statistics, Mr. Nicholas Philipson (please see his testimonial from EDSA 2016).


Who should attend:

EDSA as a platform is suitable for all doctoral researchers (PhD and DBA students), as well as those who are planning to start their Post Graduate studies.  It is also suitable for Deans and head of research departments as well as PhD / DBA directors.

This year EDSA is accepting Graduate students working towards the completion of their thesis and projects as well.


Content and delivery of seminars, workshops:

The workshops, seminars and lectures are delivered in line with Student Centered Learning (SCL) teaching strategy, i.e., using student-engaged teaching techniques and methods such as role-plays, case studies and group discussions / debates.

Using the ‘Flip Classroom’, candidates are given material before their participation for rich and effective discussion.


Academic Hours:

Total academic hours, including self-studies (i.e. preparation time) and panel discussion amount to 26.

Academic Credits

Upon attendance of all sessions and active participation / contribution to EDSA, participants will receive a Certificate with three (3) academic credits by the university partners.



Upon successful completion of EDSA, all participants will receive a certificate issued by the partner universities, the Academic Leads and the Managing Director of EDSA.

EDSA’s University Partners

EDSA is being a truly international project, enjoys the official and unofficial partnership, with many Universities as partners listed below.


  • Varna University of Management, Varna, Bulgaria

Varna University of Management (VUM) is an international business school located in Europe, Bulgaria. Students from over 40 countries receive excellent education in Business and Marketing, IT, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Gastronomy and Culinary Arts.
VUM started 20 years ago as a college of tourism and gradually evolved into an accredited university with wider emphasis on management. VUM offers Bachelor’s and Master’s double-degree programs, taught entirely in English, in cooperation with universities in countries such as the UK, Switzerland, France, Norway and the Netherlands.

Students study the curricula synchronized as in the partnering institutions and have to meet up the same high standards in examinations. They graduate with degrees from both the partnering universities and VUM. Тhe University ranks high for student internships and international orientation on a European level, and ranks as the number one Bulgarian business school. VUM maintains excellent connections with businesses and boasts a long-standing success of placing its students with top employers in the USA, the UK, France, Spain and Italy.

For further information, please visit: http://www.vumk.eu/


  • ESC Rennes School of Business, Rennes, France

ESC Rennes School of Business or École Supérieure de Commerce de Rennes is a French business school located in Rennes, the capital of Brittany, which was founded in 1990 by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Rennes. ESC Rennes belongs to the group of prestigious French Grandes Écoles, elite graduate schools. ESC Rennes is distinguished by its global outlook, international student body and international faculty. In addition to the French Grande École degree, ESC Rennes also awards British certified qualifications, which include: BAMAMScExecutive MBA and PhD. The school also offers the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree.

The school is accredited by The French Ministry of Education (French: Le Ministère de L’éducation Nationale), The European Foundation for Management Development (EQUIS)The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and The Open University of the United Kingdom.

The OU accreditation (since 1994) means that the School is officially recognized as the equivalent of a British University. This gives the school the authority to award British certified qualifications such as the BA in International Business, MA in International Business, the Executive MBA, and the PhD in accordance with the international standard, in addition to its prestigious Program of Grande École diploma.

In 2013, ESC Rennes was placed 36th in the global Financial Times Ranking. In 2014, the school was ranked joint 6th out of 36 in the Palmares des Grandes Ecoles de Commerce chart for centers of international excellence.

For further information, please visit: https://www.esc-rennes.fr/


  • Mykolas Romeris University (MRU)          

Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) is an international university located in Vilnius and Kaunas, Lithuania. Modern, creative and entrepreneurial academic community has raised MRU to the leading university in social sciences and interdisciplinary research in Lithuania. MRU cooperates closely with over 300 universities, public and private institutions, takes part in academic, professional and inter-sectorial networks. MRU has a full membership of the following international higher education organizations: International Association of Universities, European University Association, European Association for International Education, European-Asian Knowledge Consortium Social Technologies for Smart and Inclusive Society, etc.

MRU is structured within the Faculty of Economics and Finance Management, Faculty of Politics and Management, Faculty of Social Welfare, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Public Security and Business and Media School. Research and innovation are implemented at the Social Innovations Laboratory Network MRU LAB that includes 19 laboratories and Research and Innovation Support Centre.

Currently MRU enrolls approximately 13.000 students and employs over 700 academic staff. The university offers more than 100 doctoral, master and bachelor study programmes, over 80% of them have international accreditation. The most popular study programmes are law, management, public administration, psychology, social work, public security, etc.

About 200 doctoral students study in the fields of law, management, psychology, philology, economics, educational science.



EDSA's Affiliated Organizations