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Choosing to obtain a PhD has positive consequences not only for the doctoral candidates themselves, but also for the university and for society in general.

Naturally, doctoral 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 and other reports, communicate and cooperate internationally, plan and organise, etc. Quite a lot of these skills are transferable to other sectors, and a research career abroad is also one of the possibilities.

Within the university, PhDs promote the exchange between education and research. Doctoral candidates receive the necessary framework and support at the educational level, and at the same time they contribute to delivering new research results which can be incorporated into the education programmes of the university.

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 doctoral candidates strongly supports intersectoral mobility. This, in turn, leads to crossovers between the academic world on the one hand, and industry, government and social sectors on the other hand.