Dr. Richard Huysmans

The Case for Enhanced PhD Programs

Industry-involved PhD programs are all the rage now. The NISA (National Innovation and Science Agenda) has really put a spotlight on universities working more closely with industry; and what better place to start than a PhD. Added to this, PhD graduate data paints a stark picture of employment — with less than 5% of graduates turning their training into a long term research career. That is, only 1.5% of PhD graduates spend ten or more years in research and go on to be professors (see figures below). This is a daunting statistic if you’re undertaking a PhD. And it is a scary statistic if you…