Holland must increase its post-graduate numbers by 20% to 3,000, say universities, trade unions and Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (PNN), the body which represents doctoral students, in today’s Financieele Dagblad. Such an increase would cost the government an estimated €50m.
PNN says that while Holland has been cutting investment in higher education by an average of 0.5% annually, other countries have increased spending.
Quoting Eurostat figures, the FD says the UK heads the list: four out of every 1,000 people between 25 and 34 have a doctorate. The figure in the US is 2.4 per 1,000 and in Japan 1.5. The Netherlands has just 1.1 per 1,000.
The PNN also wants to improve career opportunities for doctoral students. At present 58% want to continue their research after qualifying but only 30% can actually do so.
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