Choosing to obtain a PhD does not only have positive consequences for the PhD candidates themselves, but also for the university and even for society in general.
Naturally, PhD candidates broaden their knowledge during their studies, but they also get the chance to further develop a number of different skills. They receive courses in research methods, which enables them to conduct independent research at a later stage and perhaps even lead a research group. They learn to think analytically and critically, draft quality (research)reports, communicate and cooperate internationally, plan and organise, etc. Quite a lot of the obtained skills are transferable to other sectors and also a future research career abroad is one of the possibilities.
Within the university, doctorates promote the exchange between education and research. PhD candidates receive the necessary framework and support at the educational level, and at the same time they deliver new research results which can be incorporated into the education programmes of the university. PhD candidates are, moreover, the professors of the future.
Society has every interest in investing in doctorates, because they can contribute to innovation. Innovation stimulates the economy and is an important factor in improving the competitiveness of companies in a globalised society. Moreover, the broad education of the current generation of PhD candidates ensures intersectoral mobility, which in turn leads to crossovers between the academic world on the one hand, and the industry, government and social sectors on the other hand.