The Finnish Doctoral Programme in Economics (FDPE), launched in 1990, is a cooperative arrangement between the Finnish universities to promote doctoral education in economics in Finland and to improve the utilization of teaching resources. The objective of the FDPE is to bring all the doctoral level courses organized by member universities available to doctoral students in Finland. Towards this end, the FDPE:
- gathers and disseminates information concerning doctoral level teaching activities in Finland,
- supports cross-institutional participation in teaching,
- coordinates the course schedules, and
- organizes special courses and biannual workshops in subfields of economics
The individual departments are, however, the basic units of education, organizing and grading the courses according to their standards. Courses and seminars arranged by FDPE complement the ones by the participating institutions. FDPE also acts as a channel for cooperation in research and thesis supervision.