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This qualitative research study takes a closer look at developing competent researchers and thus buildingresearch capacity within Europe. The rapidly changing research environment driven by globalisation,internationalization, technological advancements, and the use of innovative methodologiesimpacts how research is designed, conducted, and reported on. We argue that the current complexresearch environment calls for globally competent researchers able to engage in research projects andresearch communities across disciplines and across geographic borders. However, there is scarceempirical evidence about research knowledge and competencies which global researchers need toconduct quality research. Relevant literature is also almost silent on what kind of educational opportunitieswithin higher education institutions allow graduate students to acquire these competencies.To address the existing gap in the literature, this article brings perspectives of twenty-three novice andexperienced scholars from ten European countries. The findings showcase a spectrum of competenciesrequired by globally competent researchers as well as opportunities and challenges associated withthe acquisition of these competencies. According to the respondents, efforts need to be maximized tobuild research capacity via emerging talents. This implies paying close attention to the research learningspaces, practices, and polices where future globally competent researchers can be nurtured andshaped. Considering the small sample size of participants, the findings are not meant to be conclusivebut rather informative in nature for those involved in research.
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