The EuroTech Universities are constantly adapting their doctoral training programmes to address the increasingly diverse variety of research careers – in academia, industry and society. A new survey conducted by the analysis company Epinion on behalf of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) reveals that a PhD in the field of engineering quickly opens the door to a professionally relevant job and that the assignments in questions typically focus on research. In fact, employment rates among doctoral graduates from DTU are higher than for the labour market in general.
According to the Epinion survey, 96% of the doctoral graduates having responded to the survey were gainfully employed, with 47% of these people working in the private sector. 11% had found employment in the public sector, outside of the university sector, and 39% were employed by DTU or another university. According to the survey, 78% of the respondents are employed to conduct research. 90% of respondents thought their doctoral training had helped them acquire competences that prepared them for their current job.
“We thought it would be relevant to provide a more solid basis for discussions about the commercial opportunities open to PhDs. And we’re naturally delighted that we can now prove – with hard data – that DTU’s research study programmes provide graduates with excellent job opportunities, and that help develop employees with competencies that are directly useful in both private and public sectors,” related Martin P. Bendsoe, Senior Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies and International Affairs at DTU.
Innovative Doctoral Training (IDT) offered at Universities of Science and Technology ensure that doctoral researchers are free to design their learning pathways in accordance with their specific career aspirations. Whilst research is always at the centre of doctoral training, IDT encompasses a broad range of opportunities for acquiring transferable professional competences. Together with the five European associations of universities of science and technology – CESAER, CLUSTER, EuroTech Universities Alliance, IDEA League and Nordic Five Tech – a joint discussion paper on IDT was launched on 13 October 2015 in Brussels, highlighting some best practices and contributing to the discussion on the future of doctoral training.
More information on the DTU survey – http://www.dtu.dk/english/News/Nyhed?id=bc8d32b7-936a-4b30-b63c-06c098479983