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PREPARING A PHD FOR THE SOCIETY

Investing in PhD’s is of major importance for society because they can contribute to innovation. Innovation is one of the components to stimulate the economy and is very crucial to improve the competitive position of the companies in a globalizing economy and society. Encouraged by the Lisboa-agreements of 2003, government and society have been giving a lot of attention to the stimulation of scientific research and innovation in the last couple of years.
In Flanders, it’s FWO-Vlaanderen (Research Foundation - Flanders) and the IWT (Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology) that consider innovation of paramount importance.