About half of the foreigners who come to the Netherlands to do a PhD remain in the country to work after receiving their doctorate, according to a recent report. The Utilisation Report 2007 is published by the Technology Foundation STW, a Dutch funding agency for applied university research.
The figures show that within a period of 2 to 3 years after obtaining a PhD, over 80 percent of those sponsored by STW continue in research and development, engineering or product design. Of the Dutch PhD graduates, three-quarters are still working in the Netherlands. For the foreigners the figure is over half.
STW concludes that these figures show that the research it funds attracts highly qualified people to the Netherlands. A relatively large number also find work in the Netherlands after completing their PhD, in particular at universities (18 percent) and large companies (7 percent).