Doctoral students have a big work load. Often times they have to teach classes to Bachelor and/or Masters students or they work in ambitious research projects that demand considerable time and energy. In addition, there is administrative work in the individual work units, there are conferences to attend, and many other chores. Given these busy schedules, one may wonder why GPP doctoral students should enroll in a program that demands additional time and energy? (see pages Events and Requirements).
The answer to this question is that the supervisors involved in the GPP strongly believe that a comprehensive and continuous education in a structured program is – in the long run – more beneficial to the careers of doctoral students than a too narrow focus and a too early specialization. Feedback from PIs and other doctoral students, discussion of contemporary scientific issues in psychological science and mutual classes and courses with other doctoral students provide a special supervision culture and an important added value to the development during the dissertation project. In our view, continuous advanced-level education is key to a successful academic career. The GPP strives to be one valuable piece in this puzzle.